If you are allergic to pickles, then you have type 1 allergies, also called contact allergies. Oh, pickles. We all love them! From the big, juicy dills that go perfectly with a sandwich and fries, to the sweet pickles that grace our tables. Pickles are a product that most people enjoy. But sadly, many people suffer from pickle allergies and don’t even know why. These allergies usually appear suddenly, and can occur in both children and adults. If you’ve started having weird reactions to your favorite snack, keep reading to learn more about why pickle allergies occur.
What most people don’t realize about pickle allergies is that they are usually not caused by the pickle itself, but by the preservatives used in the pickling process. These stripping agents often cause allergic reactions in people who are then unable to identify the cause of their reaction. Worst of all, these preservatives can be found in many more foods than just pickles. Many foods that contain any type of vinegar also contain these pickling agents that can cause pickle allergies.
The most common additives that cause allergies to pickles are the following: sodium sulfite, sodium bisulfite and sodium metabisulfite. If you have previously experienced any type of allergic reaction to pickles, it is likely that you have a reaction to one or more of these ingredients. The easiest way to prevent this from happening in the future is to carefully check the ingredients of canned foods to make sure they don’t contain any of these ingredients.
The most common signs and symptoms of pickle allergies are pretty much the same as any other food allergy. Hives or rash, which can usually be treated with an external steroid cream, can occur, as can asthmatic symptoms such as wheezing or shortness of breath. Other signs of pickle allergies can also include gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea, cramps, and diarrhea. The most severe symptoms of pickle allergies can progress to what is known as anaphylaxis. This is an inflammation of the throat, which can completely block a person’s airway. This can lead to coma and, if left untreated, even death.
The easiest way to prevent pickle allergies is to make an appointment with your doctor for allergy testing. These tests will let you know exactly which preservative you are allergic to. To prevent future pickle allergies, simply avoid any food that contains that particular preservative.
Common vitamins and over-the-counter products can help with pickle allergies such as vitamin A, vitamin C, beta-carotene, bananas, and pantothenic acid.
Vitamin A is a known antioxidant and can help 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 dose of vitamin A.
Vitamin C is nature’s protective nutrient, essential for defending the body against pollution and infection and enhancing the body’s immune system.
Beta-carotene protects the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, throat, and lungs. It also helps protect vitamin C from oxidation, allowing it to function at optimal efficiency.
Many find pantothenic acid to be very helpful against allergy symptoms. It is another form of non-toxic B vitamins. Pantothenic acid is critical in the metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Bananas have long been recognized for their antacid effects that protect against stomach ulcers and ulcer damage. Always consult your doctor before using this information.
This article is nutritional in nature and should not be construed as medical advice.