If you have a Corn Allergy then you suffer from Allergies Type 1, also called Contact Allergies. The immune system overreacts to the proteins found in the corn. The immune system products antibodies that are designed to fight off the harmful corn proteins. The reason the body overacts to certain foods is not clear and more studies are needed.
The proteins found in corn trigger the immune system to reaction. Antibodies and histamines are releases into the blood stream in an attempt to neutralize the corn protein. These chemicals trigger the allergic symptoms. In sever cases Epinephrine, also call Adrenaline, is administered to control the anaphylaxis reaction.
Are allergy scratch tests reliable in the diagnosis of food allergies? Some believe yes and other believe no. Your digestive system transforms the food as it passes through it and a large variety of chemical reactions take place on the partially digested foods. This is not the same as scratching your skin and then placing raw corn protein on the scratch.
I believe that the severity of the allergy plays a large part in determining if a scratch allergy test is positive or negative. Mild allergic corn reactions may not show up on the standard scratch test even though after eating corn you may think that your stomach cramps are anything but a mild reaction.
Avoid any food products that have corn, corn syrup, corn starch, Cereal Extract, Natural Flavoring, Vegetable Gum, Soy Sauce, Gluten, or Enriched Flower on the label. Many solid or liquid medications contain corn starch or corn syrup as do almost all of the major soft drinks.
Avoidance of corn-containing foods is the only effective treatment for people who are allergic to corn. Avoidance can be very difficult because corn proteins are often hidden in other foods. Until a cure is found, read the labels of every food that you bring into your home. Because the manufacturing processes change continuously re-read the labels each time you purchase a product. On January 1, 2006 a new law was passed stating that all labels should be designed in such a way that a 7-year-old child could read and understand the ingredients.
Common Vitamins and over the counter products can help with Allergies such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Pantothenic Acid, Glucosamine, Antioxidants, Allergy Aid, and Quercitin.
Vitamin A is a known antioxidant and can assist the human body in the healing process. Vitamin A is stored in the liver and fat cells of the human body and can reach toxic levels. DO NOT take more than the recommended dosage of Vitamin A.
Up to one-third of older people can no longer absorb Vitamin B from their food. Vitamin B is needed to form red blood cells and keep nerves healthy.
Vitamin C is nature’s protective nutrient, essential for defending the body against pollution and infection and enhances the bodies immune system. Use vitamins C that is natural, ascorbic acid is usually synthesized from corn.
Beta Carotene protects the mucus membranes of the mouth, nose, throat and lungs. It also helps protect Vitamin C from oxidation, which enables it to perform at optimum efficiency.
Vitamin E protects the lung tissue from inhaled pollutants and aids in the functioning of the immune system.
Many find Pantothenic Acid to be very helpful against allergy symptoms. It is another form of nontoxic B vitamins. Pantothenic Acid is critical in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
Glucosamine is an anti-inflammatory and may give some relief from allergy symptoms.
Substances called antioxidants can neutralize free radical by pairing up or binding with the free radical elections thus inhibiting them from damaging cells in the human body.
Allergy Aid supplies 9 beneficial Herb’s to help provide temporary relief of respiratory allergies. The natural action of these specific Herb’s help to open bronchial tubes and ease breathing.
Quercitin is a well known flavonoid. Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants and can reduce inflammation boost the immune system and strengthen blood vessels and improve circulation. Quercitin is also known for its ability to block the release of histamines, thus reducing or preventing Corn Allergy symptoms.
Always consult your doctor before using this allergy information.
This Article is nutritional in nature and is not to be construed as medical advice.