A small percentage of population might develop allergic reactions or sensitivity towards specific ingredients in food. Consequences of allergic reactions can be very serious, rarely even fatal. Even though different foods can cause reactions, more than 90% of allergic reactions are limited to the so called critical allergens like milk, sea food, eggs, fish, and nuts and so on. Preventing an allergy from happening is simple – you just need to avoid specific types of food or ingredients.
Many people have negative reactions to food. Still, only a small percentage of people do experience a severe food allergy. Allergies towards food are clearly defined malicious reactions on matter found in food and include immunological system as the driving system, usually started with Immunoglobin E. Allergens in food are usually proteins and parts of proteins, commonly resistant to heat and digestive acids.
Coconuts belong to nuts, which are known for strong allergic reactions. However, coconuts themselves rarely cause allergies and are not included in the list of foods which are commonly causing these reactions. Still, it is possible to acquire this allergy, or have it with you from your birth, so let’s take a closer look at some of the specific properties of this particular allergy.
To start with, it’s important to know that allergies can’t be reliably determined with a home test; you will need to visit your physician in order to safely confirm any doubts you might have about. Coconut can be found in a variety of products, but these usually have a lot of other ingredients that may cause another allergenic reaction which might put you on the wrong track. Of course, if the reactions you are experiencing while consuming or applying any kind of coconut product prove to be mild, you can experiment a bit.
For an example, your skin can give you a great idea about how allergic you are towards some ingredients and is often used for official tests and diagnoses. A good procedure to take with this would be to take a bit of pure coconut powder or crumbs, irritate your skin with a towel for an example and rub the coconut onto the spot. In case you do suffer from coconut allergy you should experience a fairly quick reaction, causing rash, irritation or anything else, depending on how intensive your allergy really is.
If you do not experience this at all, try to put some of the coconut powder in your mouth and keep it there for a while. If you are allergic to coconut, you should feel a reaction briefly, possibly numbness in the tongue or a sensation of burning. It takes up to half an hour for this reaction to begin, in case your allergy is mild. Severe allergies will cause almost immediate and serious symptoms and if you do encounter such an event, it’s best not to experiment on your own and visit your physician as soon as possible for further testing and allergy confirmation.