Signs You Might Have a Soy Allergy

If you think you might have a soy allergy, it's a good idea to track your responses to everything you eat to see if you can isolate the problem. Soy allergies are common but are usually not severe. Unlike a nut allergy, that is very serious and severe, most soy allergies are mild and simply cause discomfort.

A typical soy allergic reaction is mild stomach upset, a rash, or hives. However, people with serious peanut allergies and asthma are often at higher risk for severe soy reactions such as swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, and anaphylactic shock. You should take note of any allergic reaction and head to the doctor's office to determine exactly what allergy is afflicting you and what foods you need to avoid.

Infant soy allergies are common, typically showing up as a reaction to soy infant formula. These reactions are often outgrown by age three.  Children who no longer have allergic reactions to soy can eat and drink soy safely even if they had reactions when they were infants. However, many children and adults develop allergies to soy products at older ages; these people are healthiest if they eliminate all soy products from the diet.

Because soy is used in so many food products, you will have to learn to read labels and investigate products in your pursuit of soy-free food. Unfortunately, many people who have a sensitivity to one allergen are also sensitive to other allergens as well. People who have soy, peanut, milk and wheat allergies find themselves severely limited in what foods they can safely eat and drink. If you have severe allergies, you may wish to ask your doctor for an Epinephrine pen so you will be prepared to handle an emergency allergic reaction.

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