Soy Allergy

by Carol Gomes

Soy allergy is allergic reactions to legumes called soy. Some people may or may not be allergic to other legumes in this family like kidney beans, string beans, black beans, etc. However, there is likelihood that people who suffer from soy allergy are also suffering from some other legume allergies.

Soy allergy is a reaction to the soy protein. This reaction can be mild or severe in nature depending on the individual. However, soy allergy is uncommon among adults. It is more common among infants; soy allergy generally starts from the age of three months. This allergy might go away after the age of two years.

Allergy to soya might be gastrointestinal or dermatological. Gastrointestinal allergic reactions might be colitis, gases or diarrhea. Dermatological soy allergy symptoms are hives, acne, eczema, etc. There are also symptoms that include shortness of breath, fever, conjunctivitis, nasal congestion, fatigue, nausea, itching, asthma, etc.

There are several ways for prevention of soy allergy. People suffering from soy allergy should avoid soy products all together. For this it is necessary to identify the products which are likely to contain soy products or soy protein. This is the most important task since there are many products which tend to include soy without your noticing it. Identification will help you avoid these products all together.

In case of infants on soy based milk formula, this formula should be avoided altogether; this will help in avoiding any allergic reactions to soy. You can identify products that contain soy by reading the ingredients of this food before buying it. Products that did not contain any soy initially might contain now, if manufacturers have changed contents.

Like most of the other allergies soy allergy can be treated with antihistamines, which will help you in providing relief as well as reducing the effect of soy allergy. However, in case of severe soy allergic reaction it would be better that you carry an epinephrine injection to avoid any life threatening reactions.

In case of infants it is ideal that you feed breast milk instead of using formula feeds in case you want to avoid any allergic reactions. It is advised by the doctors that if you want to reduce allergic reactions infants should be breastfed minimum six months of their lives. This will help them fight against several diseases as well as help in avoiding all types of allergies that they might be faced with.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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