If you are allergic to pickles, you have type 1 allergies, also called contact allergies. Ah, pickles. We all love them! From the large juicy dill that go perfectly with a sandwich and fries, to the sweet gherkins that adorn our dining tables. Pickles are a product that everyone likes. But unfortunately, many people suffer from pickle allergies and are not even sure why. These allergies generally appear suddenly and can be present in both children and adults. If you’ve started having strange reactions to your favorite snack, read on for more on why pickle allergies occur.
The thing that most people don’t understand about pickle allergies is that they are typically caused not by the pickle itself, but by the preservatives used in the pickling process. These pickling agents often cause allergic reactions in people who are unable to pinpoint the cause of their reaction. The worst part is that these preservatives can be found in many more foods in addition to pickles. Many foods that contain any type of vinegar also contain these pickling agents which can cause pickle allergies.
The most common additives that cause pickle allergies are the following: sodium sulfite, sodium bisulfite and sodium metabisulfite. If you’ve previously experienced any type of allergic reaction to pickles, it’s likely that you probably have a reaction to one or more of these ingredients. The easiest way to prevent this from happening in the future is to carefully review the ingredients of any stored food, to make sure they don’t contain any of these ingredients.
The most common signs and symptoms of pickle allergies are practically the same as any other food allergy. Urticaria or a rash may occur, which can typically be treated with an external steroid cream, as well as asthma symptoms, such as wheezing or difficulty breathing. Other signs of pickle allergies can also include gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea, cramps and diarrhea. The more severe symptoms of pickle allergies can progress into what is known as anaphylaxis. This is a swelling of the throat, which can completely block a person’s airway. This can lead to coma and, if left untreated, even to death.
The easiest way to prevent pickle allergies is to make an appointment with your doctor so that he can perform allergy tests. These tests will let you know exactly which preservative you are allergic to. To prevent future pickle allergies, simply avoid foods that contain that particular preservative.
Common vitamins and over-the-counter products can help with allergies due to pickles such as vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, bananas and pantothenic acid.
Vitamin A is a known antioxidant and can assist the human body in the healing process. Vitamin A is stored in the liver and fat cells of the human body and can reach toxic levels. DO NOT take more than the recommended dosage of vitamin A.
Vitamin C is nature’s protective nutrient, essential to defend the body from pollution and infections and improves the immune system.
Beta carotene protects the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, throat and lungs. It also helps protect vitamin C from oxidation, which allows it to function with maximum efficiency.
Many believe that pantothenic acid is very useful against allergic symptoms. It is another form of non-toxic group vitamins. Pantothenic acid is fundamental in the metabolism and in the synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Bananas have long been recognized for their anti-acid effects that protect against stomach ulcers and damage to ulcers. Always consult your doctor before using this information.
This article is nutritional in nature and should not be construed as medical advice.