Strawberries are a versatile fruit that is rich in various nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, potassium, folic acid, and others. And probably only strawberries which has 200 seeds on the skin.
But strawberries can also cause allergies to humans. Allergies are usually more common in infants or toddlers.
Allergies occur when children or adults reject the proteins contained in the strawberries. If the immune system regard the proteins as a dangerous substance, an allergic reaction will occur.
Some researchers have succeeded in isolating a specific protein which is considered as the cause of strawberry allergy. This protein is one protein that offers the red color for strawberry, this is because the researchers did not find this protein in the white strawberry.
Maybe you ate strawberries and at the beginning no allergic reaction occurs. This is because the immune system produces antibodies of immunoglobulin E (IgE) to neutralize the protein in order to protect the body.
But on the next phase, IgE antibodies trigger the body’s cells to produce histamine. Histamine is encouraging widening of blood vessels, secretion fluids that can cause muscle cramps, and allergic reactions also occur.
According to Buzzle and eHow, the following symptoms will occur when someone is allergic to strawberries:
1. Numbness, and tingling in the mouth
2. Burned lips
3. Intestinal pain
4. Swelling and closure of bronchial tubes (the main channel from the throat to the lungs)
5. Shortness of breath
7. Skin rash or hives
8. Watery eyes
11. Swelling of the tongue, mouth and throat
Most people experience an allergic rash after eating strawberries or use products derived from strawberry.
When experiencing these things, they must carefully choose food and other products, because the strawberries may appear in the form of food or any product.
Strawberries in extract form is also used in certain cosmetics, especially skin care products, shampoo and conditioner. Strawberries are also used in fragrances, air freshener and detergent or soap.
Controlling strawberry allergy in children
Parents must be very careful when having a child who is allergic to strawberries, strawberries can be significant because the foods they consume.
Chocolate-covered strawberries, ice mix, ice cream, cakes and pies so tempting for the kids, so they forgot about the allergy.
Heating and processing strawberries can not modify the protein. So what can be done is parents should take time to check every label of food or other products.
Although it is not a life-threatening allergy, but it can lead to serious repercussions.
People who have allergies can enjoy white strawberries because it does not contain the allergen, avoiding eating strawberries or strawberry products and products with a strawberry flavor. This is the only way to control strawberry allergy.