Besides being rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, citrus fruit can also cause severe allergic reactions. During winter when everyone is focused on improving their immune system or getting over a flu, most of people reach out for vitamin bombs in form of fruit refreshments such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits, mandarins and limes. Despite the fact that this fruit can really have an effect on one’s immune system, some people may expose a citrus allergy. This allergy can appear while consuming small amounts of citrus, consummation of fruit juice, touching the skin of the fruit or breathe in air particles containing the allergen. Symptoms may appear suddenly or after a couple of hours in since the contact has been made. Allergies may vary from light to severe.
Basic citrus allergy symptoms
- Swelling and itchiness felt on lips, tongue and oral cavity in general
- Skin reactions (rashes, redness on extremities or face)
- Gastrointestinal problems (stomach ache, noxiousness, vomiting, diarrhea)
- Respiratory symptoms (leaking nose, coughs, sneezing, difficulties with breathing)
- Cardiovascular symptoms (blood pressure drop)
If you’re experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms after consummation of citrus fruit, it’s recommended to go under an allergy test to determine whether you’re suffering from a citrus related allergy. This test is done by taking a sample of blood and if there is a reaction towards a certain citrus fruit, values are expressed quantitatively (kU/L). These tests usually take one day to be complete, which is very convenient.
As it is with any other allergy you’re required to avoid all products that contain even the slightest trace of the citrus fruit in question. This might seem hard at first, especially if you eat out of your home a lot, but after a while you’ll gain enough knowledge to know what types of food don’t contain any citrus extracts.
Staying clear of citrus fruits
Citrus fruits are commonly used as culinary ingredients to enhance aromas and tastes. Lemon is commonly used for stews and as a replacement for vinegar. When eating in a restaurant, make sure that you’re ordering plain food since there is a high chance of lemon juice extract being used in both salty and sweet dishes. Also, make sure that you’re not mistaking citrus intolerance with allergy. A lot of people are actually intolerant to citruses, especially lemon since it’s so intensive in taste. People who are affected by this experience a mild lip burn as well as heartburn after drinking lemon spiced tea or a lemonade. This is normal, as there are many intolerances that you may not know about – point being, if you’re experiencing any type of discomfort while consuming a certain ingredient, just avoid it. Your body is literally telling you that you shouldn’t eat it, for whatever reason. In most cases if people are intolerant to certain food, it’s impossible for the digestive system to digest whichever food item it is. By this logic, you wouldn’t even be able to absorb all the nutrients and vitamins out of the lemon since your body may be rejecting it.