Strawberry Allergy

A Strawberry Allergy Can Be Terrible. How To Know Common Allergies and Symptoms Of Strawberries.

Strawberry consumption is increasing but people who are allergic to strawberries is also increasing.

We eat them by the billions for snacks, in fruit salads, and dessert garnishments. Strawberries also high in antioxidants. But the bad news is, strawberries are one of the most common allergens next to eggs and milk allergies.

What Is A Strawberry Allergy?

It's our body's way of dealing with an allergen. It pumps chemicals into our bodies to fight the invaders. Some people can have an allergic reaction or intolerance to strawberries which causes unwanted reactions. Strawberry allergy symptoms vary from person to person and can display themselves in a variety of ways. We first need to define what the differences are between a real allergy and an intolerance.

Symptoms Of A Food Allergy

Less than 1% of people have an actual allergy to strawberries. These symptoms can manifest themselves within a few minutes (most of the time) to a few hours after eating it. Here's a short list of strawberry food allergy symptoms to get you pointed in the right direction: 

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy Throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swollen lips and tongue
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Swelling and inflammation of other parts of the body
  • Stomach cramps
  • Fever

In severe cases the victim can get anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous. It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Many times those that are susceptible to anaphylaxis shock will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an EpiPen. This gives the person a shot of adrenaline and offers enough time to get him to the emergency room. Anaphylaxis symptoms can include: 

  • Difficulty in breathing. The victim may have a swollen throat or airway making it difficult to breathe.
  • Stomach pain
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Lightheaded 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Facial flush

What Is Strawberry Intolerance?

Intolerance is a bit more difficult to nail down because symptoms may not be immediate. It may take several hours before you have any kind of reaction which makes it harder to pinpoint the real issue. Some strawberry allergy symptoms may be attributed to other foods. These symptoms can include: 

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Stomach pain and cramps
  • Headaches
  • Rashes 

Kids With Food Allergies

Children are more prone to be allergic to strawberries. Ice creams, protein bars, cakes, pastries, and jellies may contain varying amounts of strawberries. It's important for parents to check food labels and monitor what their children eat. Sometimes the manufacturers change the labels so take nothing for granted.

There are many foods that are exempt or aren't covered by the FDA allergen labeling laws. It's also written in the law that "many consumers may not realize the ingredient is derived from, or contains, a major food allergen" because some of the names food manufacturers use may be unfamiliar to consumers. The word "Strawberry" must be on the label if the food product is regulated by the FDA.

Some Foods That May Contain Strawberries  

  • Snack bars
  • Cakes 
  • Cheesecake
  • Pies (cooked and no-bake)
  • Ice Cream
  • Sherbet
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit salad
  • Jelly
  • Preserves
  • Jams
  • Cupcakes
  • Protein shakes (powdered and liquid)
  • Frozen desserts
  • Sorbet
  • Smoothie
  • Parfaits
  • Salsa

If you think you have a strawberry allergy, an intolerance or other symptoms of a food allergy, it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another avenue is a chiropractor who practices Applied Kinesiology or muscle testing. These kinds of food allergy symptoms can be potentially life threatening due to Anaphylactic shock so it's best to get professional help. The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

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