DEAR, TAKE CARE WHEN IT COMES TO CUCUMBER
Cucumber Allergy is actually a kind of what experts call cross-reactivity where pollen intolerances are mimicked by the fruits and vegetables leading to allergic reactions (ehow.com). They usually have the Ragweed Pollens causing the allergies. These pollens bind up with gourds such as watermelons, cucumber etc, and produce the reaction. This is characterized by sneezing, hay fever, runny nose, sneezing, etc. Hay Fever could be considered as the most observable symptom which is characterized by nasal inflammation, clogged nose, tearing eyes and others which later on may develop to headache, irritability, clogged ears, sore throat and even memory problems. Attacks are reported densely in the months of August and September, more popularly known as the Ragweed Season.
The Cucumber Allergy could also lead to Oral Allergy Syndrome or OAS given as itching of the insides of the mouth, the throat, tingling and swelling upon consumption. Careful observation should be taken into consideration since late management of this OAS may lead to sensitivity to other fruits that are of the same kind as the cucumber. If you have a mild OAS, you may still eat the fruit given that you are the one who picked it from the tree or plant to ensure its freshness. Try peeling it before you eat. If irritation occurs, eliminate the food from your diet. Microwaving too may give you a chance to eat the food. But if worse comes to worst, try substituting it with other tropical fruits which has the same nutrients but without the allergy-triggering-material (calgaryallergy.com). There are other reactions that are severe and life threatening such as anaphylaxis where the throat and airways swell.
These of course could be avoided in a classical way: by eliminating the Cucumber and other gourds from your diet or to take antihistamines to alleviate the risks and dangers and avoid inflammation. However, there has been a success story according to ncbi.nlm.nih.gov where a certain study proved that a pollen-specific injection immunotherapy cured a 34-year old woman from Cucumber Allergy. It was done in a 36-month span of injections and the patient was able to tolerate the fruits that made her ill before. Even her skin, upon subjecting to certain tests didn’t react violently but instead showed no sign of hypersensitivity.
Good thing that according to healthtestingcenters.com, there is a Cucumber Allergy Test to test whether there is a hypersensitivity to Cucumber administered through blood test. Or an easier test is to see if upon ingestion of cucumbers, allergic reaction occurs.
It is really hard to have this Cucumber Allergy. So it is imperative to take the proper measures in dealing with this kind of sickness.
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