While watching TV the other day an ad that’s being aired frequently claimed that most Americans have an allergy of some sort. I didn’t have any medical evidence to refute the claims but, believed that there was some truth in the claims. Of course the ad was selling a drug that was meant to treat allergy symptoms. The thought of most people having an allergy led me to think, “What are the most common allergies.” This led me to researching two of the most common allergies affecting people today.
Allergic reaction to yeast is on the rise today. The reason for this is that yeast is found in many of the foods and beverages consumed today. Yeast is a fungus which is usually safe for consumption. However, it might overgrow and become potentially harmful to the body.
Allergy to yeast can come in either of two ways. First, the fungus Candida albicans which is found on the body can overgrow leading to yeast infection and eventual allergy. Second, yeast allergy can result from consuming everyday foods such as bread, cake or taking beverages containing yeast such as beer and vinegar.
Symptoms can manifest themselves within minutes or hours after coming into contact with yeast. Some of the common symptoms affect the digestive system and they include bloating, indigestion, heartburn, diarrhea and stomach cramps. If the amount of yeast consumed is high enough, it can reach the bloodstream and move to different areas of the body. Some of the symptoms that result include fatigue, dizziness, joint and muscle pains and, shortness of breath.
Prevention and treatment
The main prevention measures include avoiding foods that contain yeast. Ensuring that the body’s skin maintains proper pH also ensures that the fungi-bacteria balance is maintained.
Treatment of allergy will usually involve taking antifungals which will counter the effects.
Like yeast, corn is found in many products including food and medicines. Although not very common, allergic reactions to corn aren’t unheard of. The reactions can be mild or severe with cases of anaphylactic shock being reported in severe cases.
Some of the products containing corn include the following. Cereals, jams, syrups, snacks and processed meats, flavored dairy products and, cookies.
Some of the common symptoms associated with corn allergy include the following. Initial symptoms affect the digestive system including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. As the allergen find their way into the blood stream through the thin walls of the mouth and digestive system, symptoms such as itching and swelling of lips and tongue can result. The swelling can advance to the respiratory tract causing difficulty breathing. Other symptoms include dizziness. In severe cases, anaphylaxis which is a life threatening condition can result.
Prevention and treatment
There is no clear cut way of avoiding corn as it’s found in many foods and products. However, ensuring to avoid foods that might contain corn and, preparing your own foods can go a long way in preventing allergic reactions. In case of allergy, medical attention will be necessary where medications such as epinephrine can be administered.