- by Dt Shail Yadav
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- Jan 29 2018
LEARNING ABOUT SOY ALLERGY
Soy allergy occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly considers the harmless soy proteins as invaders and harmful agents and creates antibodies against them. So when you consume soy or any soy based products, the immune system releases substances - histamines to protect the body, causing an allergic reaction.
Although the symptoms of soy allergy varies from person to person, anaphylaxis is the most life threatening, severe allergic reaction that can cause impaired breathing, swelling in the throat, a sudden drop in blood pressure, pale skin or blue lips, fainting and dizziness.
The other less common symptoms include:
- Rashes or hives
- Itching in the mouth
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach cramps
- Stuffy or runny nose
It can be quite complicated to diagnose a soy allergy as the symptoms vary from person to person. Your doctor will check for past history and physical symptoms. Skin tests and blood tests may not be able to give a correct diagnosis. In some cases, a food elimination diet and oral food challenge approach could be adopted to check for soy allergy.
Like most allergies, there is no cure or definitive treatment for soy allergy. The best way to ensure safety is to avoid soy or soy based ingredient altogether. However, in case of a severe allergic reaction, an epinephrine shot and medications are typically administered.
The only way to prevent a reaction is to avoid soy and soy products altogether. But soy are common ingredients, and despite your best efforts, you're likely to come into contact with soy at some point.
Soy are a common ingredient in most food products so despite your best efforts, you may not be able to completely avoid coming in contact with it. Not just soy but the following products can also cause an allergic reaction:
- Soy flour
- Soy fiber
- Soy protein
- Soy nuts
- Soy sauce
- Soy milk
- Soy yoghurt
- Asian cuisine
- Soy oil
- Peanut butter
Other ways to practice safety measures are:
- Always check for food labels.
- Ask your server about the ingredients.
- Soy can also be present in lotions and other skin and hair care products.
- Try carrying emergency medications that you would take during an allergic reaction.
If you are allergic to soy, it is best to avoid all forms of soy and soy containing food products. Consult your doctor for a tailor made diet that suits your condition.
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