Sesame Seed Allergies Are More Prevalent Than Ever

Description: A close look at the increased prevalence of sesame allergies gives you an idea of the growing bouts of sesame seed allergy across the globe. This is definitely a rapidly growing allergy that my son has in addition to many other food allergies.

Causes and symptoms of sesame seed allergy

Sesame seed allergy may not be a very familiar term for a vast number of people. This allergy is not particularly as famous as the peanut allergy, but the effects can be as disastrous as any other form of allergies. Sesame seed allergy can also cause an anaphylaxis reaction. This is a reaction that happens within the body due to the secretion of certain harmful chemicals within the body. The basic thing that happens during sesame seed allergy is that the body of a person goes into a state of shock due to the release of the unwanted chemicals. The after effect of this can be a staggering downfall in the levels of blood pressure in the body; your wind pipe might get choked and as a result you might start having severe breathing problems in the process otherwise known as anaphylaxis that may lead to death.

One of the main problems lies in the fact that sesame seed and sesame oil is used in a wide extent in a number of places. This is in fact a matter of great concern as this makes avoiding this allergy a difficult task as a whole. This is one form of allergy that has been prevalent for quite some now, but had not been known the masses due to the lesser number of cases that have been reported until recent times. These seeds consist of a number of allergen classes that can prove to be greatly harmful to the body of an individual. One of the major allergen that is present in the case of sesame seeds allergy is Oleosi which cannot be detected in any way through a skin test that because it is not yet a reliable method. Individuals with a potential sesame allergy diagnosis should seek a board certified allergist recommendation for confirmation. Testing should include both skin and blood testing because oleosins are poorly detectable by skin testing

Recently, the “Food Labeling Modernization Act of 2015” Bill amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to substantiate provisions related to ingredient information on food label and for other informational objectives.

One objective, the bill added sesame to the list of Top Eight allergens! This is wonderful news, so the Top Nine will be: peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, milk, wheat, fish, crustacean shellfish and now sesame! Even though it will take about three years to get the bill in effect it will not address cross-contamination and other issues. On the bright side is another step in the right direction for the food allergy community.

Among the regular food items that we eat, there are a number of food items that can cause this form of allergy. Here is a list of sesame allergy foods to avoid on a regular basis:

  • Buns
  • Pizza crust
  • Hamburger
  • Breads (breadsticks, rolls, bagels)
  • Pastries
  • Wafers
  • Crackers
  • Biscuits
  • Cookies
  • Candies
  • Noodles
  • Soups
  • Oils
  • Energy bars
  • Ice Cream
  • Salad Dressing
  • Falafel
  • Margarine
  • Tahini
  • Simit (Turkish pretzels)
  • Cosmetics (found in many lip balms, oils, eye products, ointments, soaps, creams)
  • Pharmaceutical products 

If you are diagnosed with a sesame seed allergy at any particular point of time, it is advisable to carry with you at all times a twin pack of epinephrine injectors that can prove to be a mode of relief in case you have an allergic reaction. It gives you extra time to get to the emergency room. Keeping two injectors is necessary because if one of the injections fails to work, you will have an extra one available. In addition, an extra dose will allow you more time to get to a hospital, as stated before. Another thing that must be kept in mind is reading the labels of the food items that you buy in general, so that you can get to know whether the food is sesame free or not. This will help you avoid any sort of allergies or reactions in the near future and prevent you from going through a great deal of risk as well. Reading a label is very important, but keep in mind there may be cross contamination, as well as the potential it is manufactured on the same equipment or in the same facility as sesame seeds.