Allergy to soy beans occurs when the protein found in soy bean is misinterpreted by the immune system of the body as a threat to the body. The body reacts by releasing histamine in order to protect it and this chemical will produce symptoms of soy bean allergy. When it comes to allergic reactions, being prepared is vital in order to minimize the severity of the symptoms.
Symptoms of soy allergy
Allergic reaction to soy typically occurs within minutes or hours after ingesting soy and can last as long as 48 hours. Soybean is a legume and if a person has soy allergy, there is a high risk of developing allergy on peanuts, garbanzo beans and string beans. Other symptoms that can manifest include the following:
- Itchiness, eczema and dermatitis
- Itching in the mouth
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
- Wheezing and other symptoms of asthma
- Stuffy and runny nose
- Fatigue and lethargy
- Fever and pain in the abdomen
- Acne, urticaria and atopic dermatitis
Symptoms of allergy to peanuts
A common legume allergy is a reaction to peanuts but allergies can also be caused by other legume varieties such as peas, soy beans and their derivatives such as tofu, beans and lentils. Lupine which is an ingredient that is added to European flours can also instigate a reaction among individuals who are allergic to legumes. Other symptoms that can occur include the following:
- There is itchiness that can be felt on the interior of the mouth, usually when peanut butter is ingested.
- There is redness of the face and stomach cramps
- A severe reaction will cause vomiting, diarrhea and a severe rash
Oftentimes, there is a severe reaction such as tightness of the chest or there is difficulty in breathing, dizziness, fainting, rapid pulse rate, swelling of the tongue and changes in the blood pressure. If the individual experiences these reactions, seek medical help right away.
Treatment for soy bean and peanut allergy
- Avoid eating foods that contains soy and peanut
- Oftentimes, airborne legume dust can cause an allergic reaction and in cases of severe reactions, an epinephrine injection can be given to the individual who was accidentally exposed. You can learn how to properly administer this medication by enrolling in a course on first aid
- Avoid consuming soy milk, soy yogurt, ice cream, miso, tofu, edamame and tempeh.
- For serious allergy symptoms, provide the individual with anti-histamine medications since they block the release of histamines and improve the symptoms.
- Sometimes, an injection of adrenaline is required in cases of anaphylaxis.
- In order to minimize the itchiness, you can apply an ice pack over the affected area. You can promote the healing of the rashes, blotches and wheals by applying an aloe vera cream or gel.
- Increase the intake of Vitamin C in order to strengthen and support the immune system as well as detoxify the body.