Food Allergy : Cantaloupe Allergy Symptoms

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Summer Starts And Cantaloupe on Carts An array of different foods are reported to cause Allergic Reaction in human body. Food allergies occur when the immune system has a negative reaction to the proteins found in a certain food. Certain foods correlate with particular environmental allergens. For example, if you find you are allergic to various types of melons, you also probably experience allergic rhinitis caused by ragweed pollen.So people allergic to pollen may experience symptoms when they eat related foods – such as cantaloupe or watermelon with ragweed allergy, especially during the pollen seasons.

Other common correlations include:

  • Birch pollen: apple, almond, carrot, celery, cherry, hazelnut, kiwi, peach, pear, plum
  • Grass pollen: celery, melons, oranges, peaches, tomato
  • Ragweed pollen: banana, cucumber, melons, sunflower seeds, zucchini

Hence, Cantaloupe allergies occur most frequently as a result of oral allergy syndrome, which appears more in adults than in children. Oral allergy syndrome(OAS), also known as a pollen-food allergy syndrome, can cause people who suffer from hay fever to experience symptoms. Also, people with oral allergy syndrome usually only experience a reaction when eating raw fruits or vegetables as cooking alters the proteins involved.

If you are affected by oral allergy syndrome when you eat fresh fruit like melon, even eating a few bites could trigger symptoms. Reactions can vary in severity. You may experience the common symptoms occur within the digestive system; these symptoms include:

  • itchy mouth
  • tingling sensation in your mouth
  • face swelling
  • abdominal pain,
  • throat, lips, or tongue swelling
  • itchy skin
  • diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
  • trouble breathing, including wheezing
  • sinus congestion

The symptoms generally last only a few seconds or minutes, as the proteins that cause the symptoms are broken down quickly when exposed to enzymes in your mouth or stomach so they are unlikely to be absorbed into your bloodstream and cause a more generalized reaction.

Cantaloupe Allergy Severe Reactions

People who are very allergic to cantaloupe can also experience a severe reaction known as anaphylaxis. Symptoms include:

  • constriction of airways
  • serious tongue or throat swelling that interferes with breathing
  • critical drop in blood pressure that could lead to shock
  • weak pulse
  • rapid pulse
  • dizziness, lightheartedness, or loss of consciousness

Hence you need to seek an immediate medical attention if you or someone you know is experiencing any symptoms of anaphylaxis. If left untreated, anaphylaxis can result in coma or death.

As for as, the symptoms usually fade quickly, treatment commonly is not necessary or helpful. People with ragweed allergy may also notice symptoms of Oral allergy syndrome (OAS) with eating fresh bananas and cucumbers.

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, you should also avoid chamomile tea, sunflower seeds and honey containing pollen of the Composite family. Tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and other melons may also trigger symptoms.

There are a number of other fruits for which allergies have been described including Acerola, apricot, banana, cherry, coconut, date, fig, grape, lychee, mango, melon, orange, peach, pear, persimmon, pineapple, pomegranate, prune, strawberry, tomato. Many individuals with fruit allergy are sensitized to pollen or latex. They may react to a range of other fruits such as papaya, avocado, banana, passion fruit, fig, melon, mango, kiwi, pineapple, peach, and tomato.

Although, there is no cure for a food allergy yet, there are several steps you can take to prevent a reaction from occurring. Follow these steps:

Steps to Prevent Food Allergy

  • Avoid eating or drinking things that have cantaloupe in them.
  • Always be aware of what you’re eating and drinking, especially at restaurants. If you’re unsure whether a dish contains cantaloupe, ask your server.
  • Make sure your food is prepared on a surface that isn’t also used to prepare melon, especially cantaloupe.
  • Ask your doctor about prescription or over-the-counter allergy medications, like cetirizine(Zyrtec), fexofenadine (Allegra), and loratadine (Claritin).

Food allergies may be confused with food intolerance.Actually a food intolerance mimics a food allergy . However, food allergies often prove more severe. If you have an intolerance to cantaloupe, you might still be able to eat small amounts without having any reaction. Intolerance doesn’t involve your immune system and isn’t as serious. Symptoms are usually limited to issues with digestion. You may even still be able to eat small amounts of cantaloupe.

However,if you suspect you have oral allergy syndrome or any type of allergy to cantaloupe, schedule an appointment with your doctor for confirmation. Prior to your visit, write down all your symptoms along with a diary of other foods you ate with the cantaloupe. Your doctor may perform a skin test. Other allergy tests include blood tests and elimination diet tests.

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