A corn allergy can often not be detected in the United States due to its high prevalence in processed foods. Corn, in one form or another, is also found in almost all fast food. Additionally, the symptoms of corn allergy vary widely from person to person. While some only need the smell of popcorn to have a serious reaction, others are a little more tolerant and have a less severe reaction that is difficult to link to corn.
The best way to find out if you are allergic to corn is to take an allergy test from a qualified allergist. Other than that, keeping a food diary can be very helpful in checking and verifying which foods have been found offensive. But what symptoms are associated with a corn allergy?
Those who suffer from an allergy to corn, in its severe form, could go into anaphylactic shock. Many people with this severe corn allergy know what they are allergic to. However, many suffer throughout their lives with symptoms ranging from obesity to inflammation to breast congestion.
Inflammation is one of the most common symptoms. A corn allergy sufferer may not even realize they are bloated because they are used to it. If you wake up tired, have difficulty kneeling, think you have arthritis, notice ankle swelling or general body pain, you may actually be allergic to corn. If not corn, you may suffer from some other allergy and it would be prudent to visit an allergist to know for sure.
Most people who suffer from corn allergies are depleted and as they get older, they usually get worse. They feel better before eating than after. Usually, they have a hard time getting through the day and around late afternoon, they almost made it. Many who have corn allergies have been diagnosed with other diseases. The exhaustion is sometimes so terrible that after being exposed to corn, the only thing a corn allergy sufferer can do is sleep.
Abdominal discomfort is extremely common among those with corn allergies. Some have been incorrectly diagnosed with IBS, irritable bowel syndrome or other bowel-related diseases. Your doctor may have told you that you need more fiber. After eating, the stomach becomes severely swollen. Excessive belching or gas may occur. In extreme times, you may have been to the emergency room with vomiting or have experienced what some doctors call “expulsions” in which you struggle with alternating constipation and sudden diarrhea.
Chronic sinus problems are a telltale sign that you may be suffering from a food allergy. My son suffered for years from reflexes, tired eyes, stuffy and runny nose and post nasal drip. All of these symptoms were related to corn. He had breathing problems and even sleep apnea attacks as a child.
Pre-diabetic and insulin resistance symptoms can actually be corn allergies. Sometimes, after I almost passed out after eating, I wondered if I was becoming diabetic. I had all the symptoms of a pre-diabetic, someone who was insulin resistant. I also took drugs for hypothyroidism. These, of all symptoms, were by far the most frightening. I have been dizzy in the fog and cold most of the time. I couldn’t garden or exercise because I was afraid of starting to shake myself. Something was clearly wrong.
As it thinned with high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, monosodium glutamate, dextrose and eventually we switched to sea salt, our symptoms of corn allergy began to disappear. My son and we both experienced a sort of rebirth. My son’s nose is clear and his reflexes are gone. I planted two trees without passing out. My ankle swelling is almost gone and we both have lost a significant amount of weight without dieting. It is simply a miracle that we understood the connection between corn and our symptoms. Now we are on the road to recovery and the quality of our life is absolutely better than a thousand percent.