Peach Allergy-Causes, Symptoms, And Cure
Peach allergy is more common in the Mediterranean countries than in US. A whopping 75% of the Israelis are known to suffer from the allergy whichmay be closely related to certain kinds of pollen allergies as well as other fruit allergies. Read on to find out more interesting facts about this allergy.
Reasons for Peach Allergy
Pru p 3 is one of the substances present in the peach which is not recognized by the immune systems of allergic persons. The body reacts by creating IgE, an antibody which proceeds to get rid of the substance. Histamine is also secreted from the mast cells, meanwhile and cause adverse reactions.
Allergy to peaches is seldom found in isolation. People allergic to apples, cherries, apricots or pears are also found to be allergic to peaches. Allergy to pollens may also be associated with peach allergies.
The skin of the peach is considered to contain a higher amount of the allergen than the pulp.
Peach Allergy Symptoms
- Swelling of the face, mouth and lips along with flushing occurs after ingestion of peaches either the fresh or canned variety.
- Itching of the skin along with eczema and formation of skin hives become evident.
- Diarrhea and vomiting along with abdominal cramps occur.
- Runny nose and nasal congestion along with streaming eyes are usual occurrences.
- Severe anaphylactic reactions might result in an abrupt fall of blood pressure and loss of consciousness.
Diagnosis of Peach Allergy
- Prick-to-Prick Test- A small amount of the allergen is injected into the skin after the neefle is plunged into the flesh of a peach repeatedly and the reactions are observed.
- Blood Tests- A blood sample from the patient is tested for presence of IgE.
- Use & Rub Test- The fruit or fruit extract is handled by the patient and reactions noted
- Cross Reactivity Test- Allergic tests for related food and pollens are conducted.
Treating Peach Allergy Symptoms
- Avoiding fresh fruits along with its caned variety and related products is the only way to prevent allergic reactions.
- Anti histamines can help to reduce the common cold like symptoms while the asthma medicines are prescribed for eliminating respiratory distress.
- Skin lotions help in controlling rashes and eczema.
- Severe allergic reactions to peach require epinephrine injections.
It is possible to minimize the severity of peach allergy by ultra filtering the juice and using the lye peeling method for extraction of the pulp.
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