You've never been allergic to food, so you ask the question “what to do if my nose runs after I eat avocado.” Does it mean you are allergic? If it does, does it mean you have to avoid avocados forever? Why would you suddenly develop an allergy to something you’ve never been allergic to before? Hopefully some of these and other questions will be answered by the following information.
- What exactly is a food allergy? Food allergies are when the body’s immune system produces a histamine and an antibody when it has contact with avocados. The allergy may start in childhood, but can begin at any time in a person’s life.
- What are some symptoms of food allergies? A runny nose can be one of the symptoms produced by this allergy, along with headaches, rash, asthma, or abdominal symptoms.
- What can I take to help with my food allergies? Vitamins A, C, and E, as well as M.S.M. may help with your allergies. There are also over-the-counter antihistamines that can help.
- What types of avocado allergies are there? Avocados can produce two types of allergies, an oral allergy type that is connected to the pollen from birch trees, and an allergy that is connected to a latex allergy. The birch-type allergy has to do with a systemic reaction in the mouth, lips, and throat, and, although it may be uncomfortable, it isn’t life threatening. The latex-type allergy is more serious and can cause hives, stomach upset, and anaphylaxis, which can be life threatening.
- Can the oral-type allergy develop into the latex-type allergy? Usually the oral allergy does not become more than uncomfortable or turn into the latex allergy, but it is possible. It is important to know what other foods can cause the latex allergy, just in case. The latex fruit allergy also involves other foods such as bananas, melons, kiwis, chestnuts, mangos, bay leaf, cinnamon, cantaloupe, and, of course, latex.
- If you are allergic to avocados, remember they can be hidden in ingredients. Remember guacamole is made from avocados, and some things may be made with avocado oil. Also, avocado and avocado oil may be found in lotions and soaps. Be sure to check ingredients. One other thing you may check is if you are eating avocados alone or if you are putting something on them that you might be allergic to. If you are, you may be allergic to that ingredient and not the avocado itself.
- What tests can be done to see if I have an allergy to avocados? Testing for avocado allergy can be done by a laboratory skin prick test. If you find that you have the same reaction every time you eat avocados you can do a self-diagnosis. Another test you can do yourself is to give up avocados for several weeks, and then, under a doctor’s supervision, introduce only avocados back into your diet to see if you have an adverse reaction. If you do, you will know you need to avoid them in the future.