How to Tell if You Might Have a Corn Allergy

If you think you might have a corn allergy, you should schedule an appointment with an allergist for an allergy test. This is the only way to determine for certain if you have a corn allergy. Because corn is a supplemental ingredient in so very many food products, it's important to determine if you have an allergy so you can take the proper precautions to eliminate corn from your diet.

Corn allergies are very rare, but they can be quite serious. Even a small portion of the allergen can trigger an allergic reaction in sensitive people. If you have a corn allergy, your body perceives corn as a threat to your body's overall health. Your body produces histamines in response to the body's perception that corn is dangerous for you, causing you to experience itching, rashes, hives, swelling of the throat, difficulty breathing or even shock. You may not even realize that corn was the trigger of the allergic reaction because corn is in so many foods. Write down all the foods you have consumed in the few hours before the episode. Avoid those foods until you have been tested by a doctor.

Corn can be an especially dangerous infant allergy. If your baby shows any of the symptoms listed above, you should immediately get your infant tested. Restrict your infant from any possible allergens, because the second or third episode may be increasingly more serious. Some infants outgrow corn allergies, but some do not. You will want to have your child under a doctor's ongoing care in order to prevent against a serious episode and also so you can have retesting done to see if the child has outgrown the allergy.

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