Sesame Allergy Symptoms and Treatment

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Is there a treatment for Sesame Seed Allergy?

The food industry makes use of sesame seeds extensively. Sesame seeds can cause a severe allergic reaction to many people.

Not surprisingly the food product with high concentrations of the sesame seeds is most likely to cause the severe reactions. An allergy to shellfish, fish, tree nuts, peanuts, and sesame seeds are usually lifelong conditions.

What kind of food do you find sesame seeds?

  • Halva
  • Tahini
  • Hummous
  • Sesame is also known as Anjonoli, Benne, Simsin, Teel, Gingelly, or Til and on foreign products
  • Sesame is often found in: bakery products such as biscuits, cakes, baclava, confection bars, muesli & muesli bars, sauces, dips, sauces, processed meats, sausages, chutneys, vegetarian burgers, risottos and stir fry dishes.

Oil made from unrefined sesame seed is used in food products and it will cause reactions in those who are allergic to sesame.

Sesame_seed_hamburger_bunsAlmost 400 Americans die each year from allergy related issues. Most of these become serious over a period of times, while others are not so serious, and just cause things like rash, itching, headaches and other basic irritations to the body.

Sesame allergies for some people can be serious if not addressed.

The first sign of sesame allergies in children was found back in 1950 when not much was known about sesame.

This allergy stumped quite a few experts, and was believed to be one of the next top allergens to cause problems for people. It still however down to this day does not rank even close to the top 8 allergens. Other countries that consumer more sesame than the US however have added it to their major lists.

What causes a sesame allergy?

In most cases sesame is used in the preparation of food. Many Asian and some Indian cuisines use sesame, and in particular, sesame oil to enhance the flavor and texture of food.

This has been a major cause for some who eat these types of foods to become affected without even knowing what it is in the food that is giving them a reaction.

Another thing that many people do not know about sesame is that it is used in quite a few cosmetic products including including lipstick, chap stick as well as eye shadow. Most commonly though, people recognize sesame seeds as being associated with hamburger buns.Sesame_seed_hamburger_buns

Symptoms of sesame allergies

For most, the reaction of consuming sesame, or applying a form of it on the skin as with cosmetics can result in hives, swelling, asthma, rash, hay fever, and nasal congestion.

If not taken seriously for some, this can lead to other health issues as well. For most people suffering from a sesame allergy, they don’t even realize that this is the cause of their debilitation.

This is because it can be hard to make a direct connection between a food or a makeup use which are causing the symptoms, especially if there is a lapse between the time that the symptom is felt.

Because there is a close connection with peanuts, most people do not realize that they also may develop an allergy to peanuts as well in the future. Rye and kiwi along with various treenut allergens can also be a future issue for allergy sufferers. Other nuts which also may be of concern include walnut, hazelnut, and macadamia nuts also.

Treatment for sesame allergies

Obviously the best treatment is abstinence for those suffering from a sesame allergy. Try to avoid certain types of foods which you know will cause you pain and issues later. Also make an effort to avoid other nuts which may cause the same problems and see an allergy doctor to see to what degree the allergy is fueled in your own personal case.


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