Coconut Oil Allergy
This article about Coconut oil Allergy has been written to help people that are allergic to coconut oil to know their allergic reaction. It also helps to tell those that believe they will be allergic to coconut but aren’t sure.
Allergy to Coconut oil is very rare. If you’re allergic to coconut oil, you should report about allergies to your physician. The physician will either take a look at if he or she is qualified to do so or refer you to a specific allergy clinic for testing.
Coconut oil is cold-pressed oil is used in baking and cooking. Coconut is usually hailed as the ultimate health food. However, coconut or coconut oil, similar to any other food, may be dangerous if you’re allergic to that. Coconut oil allergies are not like other types of allergies and belongs to rare group.
What are the symptoms of a coconut oil allergy?
Coconut oil allergy symptoms are similar to any type of allergic reaction and they may include the following:
- Itching of skin
- Flushing of face
- Running or stuffy nose
- Wheezing and trouble breathing
Anaphylactic reactions to coconut and coconut oil occur very rarely. Contact reactions are also known as dermatitis or contact dermatitis. They sometimes lead to more gentle symptoms, like a skin rash or blisters on the skin.
Contact dermatitis occurs when products that contain coconut oil such as beauty products, cosmetics, lotions, etc, touch or contacts the skin.
The risk factor for this type of allergy may include:
- Any family history of a related food allergy.
- Newborn and young growing children are more at risk.
- Consuming coconut oil foods or using coconut oil-based products and preparations.
- One form of (food) allergy can put this at risk for other forms.
Most people who have a tree nut allergy or are allergic to tree nuts can safely eat coconut oil. Having a risk factor does not mean that one will get the exact conditions.
Few risk factors are more important than others. And also, if you do not have any risk factors it does not mean you will not get the conditions. It is always very important to talk about the effect of risk factors with your physician.
Before treatment, an allergy specialist will perform allergy testing and then he will give you medical advice or medically reviewed medicine. For diagnosis purpose, he can do the following:
- Ask about your family medical history
- Physical test
- Specific IgE blood test
- Skin prick test
- Patch test
After diagnosis, if your tests show that you are allergic to coconut oil. He may advise you to avoid different types of foods having similar protein to coconut oil.
The coconut oil allergy is treated in the following ways:
- Avoid coconut-derived cosmetic products e.g. Hand wash gel.
- Avoiding consumption of food containing coconut products or coconut oil products.
- Anti-allergic medicine for gentle reactions; antihistamine therapy, which is advised by the allergen.
- Use of Decongestants e.g. Afrin, Vicks Sinex, etc.
- In case of severe allergies, Immunotherapy.
Coconut oil can be hidden in the products. So if, you have allergic reactions to coconut oil. You will need to just read the labels to make confirm the food you are buying or consuming does not contain coconut oil. There are few food items that may contain coconut oil.
- Popcorns that we eat in movie-theater
Coconut oil is the most common ingredient in cosmetic products. Read the label of the cosmetic product before buying and using them. Give psychological support to children with such kinds of food allergies.
Benefits of Coconut Oil
Possible benefits may include:
- It protects hairs from damage, and increase shine
- It controls blood sugar
- Applying the extract of coconut to the skin makes the skin healthy
- Usage of coconut oil helps in weight losing
- Coconut oil reduces stress that results from exercise and chronic cold
- It preventing from liver disease
- As a baby massage oil and baby lotion