A Sweet Threat: Honey allergy

Causes of honey allergy

People who are sensible to bee venom or pollen grains have high chances of developing honey allergy. This type of allergy can have different symptoms that vary from one person to another, but on the whole it does not represent a threat for the human organism.

The honey sold in supermarkets is filtered and in certain cases even diluted with various types of syrup and therefore it has a small amount of bee pollen in its composition. However, people who know that they have developed a honey allergy should definitely refrain themselves form consuming raw honey since its content in pollen grains might be high.

Honey Allergic reactions occur when the organism perceives rather harmless substances as being dangerous for it. Therefore, the immune system produces more antibodies and histamines so as to protect the body from the "invader". The more allergic the person is, the more severe the symptoms are. However, honey allergy symptoms do not trigger easily since honey is not a very common food ingredient. Thus, as long as honey is avoided there should not be too much trouble for the sufferers. Extremely sensitive people should also try to avoid skin contact with honey since even this might cause an unwanted reaction.

Symptoms

It is easy to identify honey allergy because of symptoms such as: runny nose, nasal congestion, watery eyes, swollen tongue and lips, throat itches and sneezing. The more severe allergic reactions include skin inflammation, headache, vomiting, cramps and diarrhea, chest pains, infections and even dizziness. Skin is usually affected by all types of allergies, including honey allergy. Thus, honey or cosmetics based on honey can cause skin reactions such as: itches, red bumps and swollen patches.

Extreme allergic reactions to this hive product might lead to anaphylactic shock. The symptoms that precede a shock of this type are: extreme dizziness, impossibility to breath, seizure and fainting. Since this type of allergic reaction cannot be treated with common allergic medication, the best thing to do is to immediately call for the ambulance.

Treatments and home remedies

Doctors advise people to take antihistamines as soon as the honey allergy is triggered. However, it is better to prevent than to cure. The most efficient prevention method is to avoid all dishes that have honey or honey by-products into their composition. Greek and Turkish cuisine contains lots of deserts abundant in honey so it is advisable for honey allergy sufferers to avoid them. Also, it is important to pay attention to the tea drunk in restaurants since in lots of them tea is sweeten with honey. Therefore, allergic people should always check the ingredients before eating or drinking something that might contain honey.

Home remedies are also efficient for curing mild allergic reaction. However, it is always better to ask for the doctor's opinion before applying any kind of medication. The quercetin is a flavonoid rich plant that can be successfully used in the treatment of honey allergy since it has the power to prevent the release of histamines in the organism during the allergic episode. It also has the power to reduce the discomfort caused by the blocked nose and constant sneezing. Its anti-allergic powers are enhanced when combined with the extract obtained from the orange or grape seeds. The nasal saline spray can be used for a runny or blocked nose. In order to put an end to the headaches caused by honey allergy one should prepare and apply on the forehead a mixture made of cinnamon and lukewarm water; after several minutes the mixtures has to be rinsed off with clean water. The itchiness of hives and rashes can be reduced with cold water.





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