Coconut Allergies

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coconut-allergiesI recently discovered that I am allergic to products containing coconuts. I’m actually pretty sure that this is the cause since I break out on my face when using the products and don’t when I discontinue them.

Am I crazy or does coconut really cause allergies?

Best Answer:

Searching for soaps and other products which are free from coconut ingredients can be a challenging task. You are certainly not crazy; there are many personal care products out there which contain coconut products and you can’t always tell just be reading the label.

Here is just a partial list of potential coconut derived additives and ingredients:

  • 1,2 Octanediol
  • 2 Phenoxyethanol
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate
  • Capryl Glycol
  • Caprylic Acid
  • Caprylic Glycol
  • Caprylic/Capric
  • Caprylyl Glycol
  • Ceteareth-20
  • Cetearyl Alcohol
  • Cetearyl Glucoside
  • Ceteth-20 Phosphate
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Cetyl Esters
  • Cocamide MEA
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Cococaprylate/Caprate
  • Cocomide DEA
  • Coconut Oil
  • Disodium Cocamphodiprop
  • Emusifying Wax
  • Glyceryl Caprylate
  • Hexyl Laurate
  • Isopropyl Myristate
  • Laureth-3
  • Olefin Sulfonate
  • Organic Sodium Cocoate
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Polysorbate 20
  • Sodium Cocoate
  • Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate
  • Sucrose Stearate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinat
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Stearate
  • Sorbitan Stearate
  • Stearyl Alcohol
  • Vegetable Cetearyl Glucos
  • Vegetable Glycerine

Luckily, there are more and more manufacturers making hypoallergenic personal care products that do not contain coconut based ingredients such as Kiss My Face and others.

We have found that people who have coconut allergies to skin care products normally do not have an allergic reaction to coconut in their diets and believe this is due to the manufacturing process for coconut-based ingredients.

Source: Yahoo Answers

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Peanut Allergy

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peanut-allergyAn allergy to peanuts is a serious condition and is usually a life-long proposition which may effect both children and adults. It is paramount that persons with a peanut or nut related allergy avoid all exposures which can create a life threatening reaction.

The most common symptom of peanut allergy is acute hives (urticaria) which usually occurs within minutes of exposure. However, many peanut allergy sufferers also develop severe angioedema, swelling of the face, bronchospasm and anaphylaxis following exposure.  Some peanut and nut allergy sufferers are so sensitive that they will develop symptoms even when they are in the presence of someone who has eaten peanuts or has been in contact with peanuts.

Because peanut allergies are so prevalent, much research has been performed to understand the allergy better and possibly find a cure. There are studies currently being conducted at Duke University Medical Center, in North Carolina that is showing promise for all food allergy sufferers. Their study is called The Duke Food Allergy Initiative, which has been running several immunotherapy studies and intends to have some definitive results within the next few years.

Peanut Allergy Statistics

  • Peanut and peanut related allergies are a serious problem that can become fatal in severe cases.
  • Someone who suffers from chronic peanut allergies should always be prepared to seek immediate medical attention
  • Epinephrine (adrenaline) is the best and most effective treatment available for a severe peanut allergy reaction and a EpiPen should be available immediately when out in public. Person in public with them should understand exactly how to use the EpiPen if you were to have a reaction.
  • There are thousands of peanut-free foods and resources available to those with a peanut or other nut allergy.
  • A peanut allergy is one of the “Big 8″ food allergens which account for 90% of allergies combined. (21 million in the US alone).
  • More than 3 million people in the US are believed to be allergic to peanuts, tree nuts or both.
  • About 1% of the U.S. population has a peanut peanut related allergy.
  • Recent studies have shown that over 20% of patients with peanut allergy will outgrow it.
  • An allergic reaction to a peanut or peanut related food is the most common cause of food related deaths.
  • About the author:

    Benny Jacobson writes a column in the Allergy Journal and is considered to be an expert on peanut and other nut related allergies.

    The Peanut Reaction

Soybean Allergies

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soybean allergies

Soybean Allergies

Soy containing products have be touted in recent years for their health producing potential but much has come out since the spotlight has been on soy as to it’s potential problems including allergies.

Soy can create allergies because it can have similar effects related to gluten, an extremely common allergen.  A soy allergy is actually an immune response to the protein found in soy. If the body discovers that soy protein may be harmful, the immune system will create specific antibodies to it. After this initial allergic response takes place, a person will receive an immune system including histamine, in order to protect the body after consuming a soy containing product.

Soy Proteins

Researchers have identified 15 allergenic proteins in soy but are still unsure as to which component of soy may cause an allergic reaction.

Soy containing products have grown significantly in recent years and can appear or are sold as:

  • Soy milk
  • Soy flour
  • Soy grits
  • soy meal
  • Soy sauce
  • Soy oil
  • Edamame (soy pods)
  • Soy butter
  • and more

Soy has become one of the most common food additives in the modern diet only second to corn and can hide in such products as:

But don’t be caught unaware: many foods that you already have in your kitchen contain some type of soy food, even if the word “soy” isn’t on the label. Here are other terms that may also imply soy ingredients:

  • Glycine max
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • Lecithin
  • Miso
  • Mono-diglyceride
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Natto
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • Vegetable oil
  • Vitamin E (some brands contain soy bean oil)

The use of ray soybean oil is not suspected to cause allergic reactions since it does not contain the allergen protein, however certain soy oil containing products have been reported to cause allergy symptoms.  Like many allergies, there are many factors to consider.

About the author:

Joy Humphrey is a writer about health and allergy related subjects and publishes articles in well known online and offline health magazine.

Grains, Soy, Dairy, Eggs…Allergies