Everybody likes to eat corn. You may eat corn without knowing its presence in the food that you ate.
You may find corn in so many different foods such as corn chips, corn flakes, cornmeal, cornstarch, tortillas, and so on.
However corn is such as popular food, it is extremely difficult to identify when you are affected with corn allergy.
Corn is an enormous part of your diet, eliminating all the foods that contain corn is almost impossible. That means if you have corn allergy then you need to eliminate so many foods to diagnose and treat your disease.
Corn allergy occurs when your immune system encounters a corn protein and mistakes as a dangerous substance. To fight with this dangerous substance, the immune system causes the release of antibodies that promotes the release of inflammatory chemicals known as histamines.
These histamines are responsible for common allergy symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and swelling. These symptoms usually occurs within minutes after the exposure to corn.
In some severe cases these symptoms can lead to anaphylactic shock. You should seek medical attention immediately after realizing the symptoms.
Though it is very rare to have an allergic reaction to corn, but the popularity of corn and corn products can make difficult to manage the corn allergy. Sensitivity to corn varies from person to person.
Some of you are able to tolerate foods that have a very low quantity of corn protein, while some others can eat the corn food without any reaction only when it is boiled until it is soft.
Susceptibility to corn allergy can be considered as a genetic problem. If any of your family members have any type of allergy then there is a greater chance for you to acquire corn allergy.
Causes of Corn Allergy:
The list of foods which contain corn protein are enormous. Most of the foods found in a typical food store contain corn proteins. Here are some foods that contain corn proteins.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Baked foods
- Baby formula
- Chinese foods
- Candies and breath spray
- Dairy products
- Frozen vegetables
- Fresh orange juice
- Iodized salt
- Liquid foods and some medications in the pill form
- Potato chips
- Peanut butter
- Packed cereals
- Soft drinks
- Salad dressings
- Wax coated fruits and some vegetables
Still there are more products and foods which contain corn proteins. So you should be careful while eating the foods and buying the products.
Preventing Corn Allergy:
- Modify your diet to exclude the corn products will helps in the complete elimination of corn allergy symptoms. Use corn oils which do not contain corn proteins.
- Find a good place to shop. Ask about the corn free foods at the store in your area.
- If you are sensitive to corn, avoid eating fast foods.
- Carefully read all labels on the products containing corn or corn products.