Pineapple AllergyEating pineapple slices or chunks can instantly give any occasion a tropical vibe. Having itchy tongue or swelling lips coupled with discomforts in your tummy after eating the fruit is another story.
Food allergies can be common, but allergic reactions to pineapple can be a rare case. This, however, does not give people an excuse to ignore any discomfort related to eating pineapples. Remember that pineapple allergy symptoms can range from being harmless to being life threatening.
Pineapple Allergy SymptomsThe symptoms of pineapple allergy include:
- Red rashes on the body minutes or few hours after eating the fruit
- Swelling, burning sensation, itching or hives on some parts of the skin
- Contact dermatitis
- Stomach or lower abdomen cramps
- Swelling of the tongue, lips and other parts of the mouth
- Breathing difficulties
- Sudden drop in blood pressure
Note that one can get skin irritations even without direct contact with the juice or flesh of pineapples. Vomiting and diarrhea are caused by the body’s natural mechanism to get rid of toxins. Patients with allergy to pineapples have an immune system that interprets the protein contained in the fruit as a harmful substance or toxins. When you experience these symptoms, you face the risk of dehydration.
Of all these adverse reactions to pineapple, anaphylaxis is the most life-threatening. It is imperative to rush the patient to the nearest hospital or call 911 when there occurs an extreme swelling of the face, throat or ears. Those who are allergic to pineapples may go into shock and die minutes after ingesting the fruit.
Causes of Pineapple Allergy
- Response of your body’s immune system.
- Genetic sensitivity – if one of your close relative suffer pineapple allergy symptoms, you should be mindful of your body’s reaction to the fruit. Should you observe any of the signs, stop eating the fruit and look for juicier (and yummier) alternative.
- Allergy to latex contained in the fruit – pineapples contain latex that triggers some or most body discomforts. Research about other fruits that contain latex and avoid eating them upon experiencing pineapple allergy symptoms. Chances are, you are also allergic to these fruits especially those found in tropical places.
- Citrus fruit allergy – when you are allergic to grapefruit or melons, you may have developed allergy to pineapples.
- Oral Allergy Syndrome – usually experienced with airborne pollen proteins, which are also contained in some fruits and veggies including pineapples. Allergic reactions may have begun with one fruit, which later developed into you pineapple allergy. Remember that pollens like birch, grass, mugwort or ragweed also trigger allergic reactions, along with other tropical fruits like bananas, mangoes, kiwis, avocado and peaches. Watch out for:
- Itchiness of the tongue and parts of the mouth
- Tingling sensation
- Tightness of the throat
- Itchiness of the tongue and parts of the mouth
- Bromelain content of pineapples – affects the ability of the blood to clot. If you observe pineapple allergy symptoms, avoid eating the fruit especially when you’re:
- Suffering from high blood pressure
- Diagnosed with haemophilia
- Suffering from any liver or kidney disease
Pineapple Allergy TreatmentThe moment you observe signs of allergy to pineapples, it is a must to consult a physician or a doctor who can give a list of over the counter drugs that you can purchase and use to treat your body’s adverse reaction to the fruit.
These are the common first aids for pineapple allergy attacks:
- Tropical Steroids
- In cases of asthma triggered by pineapples:
- Beta Agonists
- For allergic conjunctivitis:
- Epinephrine - for breathing difficulties and nausea
- Calamine lotion - for skin rashes and itch
Remember to take these medicines only when the doctors have confirmed that you are indeed allergic to pineapples. The University of Maryland Medical enter suggest that about a quarter of people believes that they are allergic to certain food, but a mere two percent of them actually have allergies.
Do not mistake hypersensitivae supervision of a doctor.
Preventing Pineapple Allergy
- Avoid eating pineapples.
- Check the labels of processed foods for contents. Remember that while other products do not have pineapples, some may have used pineapple juice for ingredient or added flavour.
- Ask about the content of the cuisines when eating out.
- Consult an allergist as you have the risk of being allergic to other fruits as well. Those who are allergic to pineapple may also experience adverse reactions when eating kiwi or papaya. A blood test or skin prick test can be conducted to test which other fruits should be avoided.
- You have the option to undergo desensitization to get your body used to the allergen. Ask your doctor about it.
- Always carry a first aid kit for your allergy.