Lychee fruit consist of the family soapberry and genus Litchi. It is a tropical fruit with its phytochemical. This is a sweet fruit with inedible outer pink covering. We will discuss Lychee allergy symptoms after a small introduction and benefits.The main producer of this fruit is China. It contains 66kcal of energy. Vitamins, minerals, proteins and fats are also present in high amounts. Lychee fruit is a delicious and yummy fruit, occurs in summer season. This is a berry which will cool the hot effect of human body in summer. A soft and pulpy fruit. Lychee is a good flavored fruit, everyone from children to elder wants to enjoy it. Oligonol compound present in this fruit has anti-influenza properties. Other functions of this compound are to protect the skin from harmful radiations. Lychee is also a good source of vitamin b-complex which will help in proper metabolism of the body.
It can be eaten as raw or in fresh form as well as it may be used in desserts, sweets, juices, jellies, jams and sauces etc. lychee juice is considered as a refreshing drink during the hot season. In short it is a wonderful fruit with lots of health benefits like it protects the skin, keep the healthy metabolism, improve the digestion, and prevents from cancer. The Lychee fruit is an exotic fruit of the western diets.
Lychee Allergy Symptoms:
Aside from its benefits, it has some of the allergic reactions too. If a person is consuming raw lychee and canned varieties, he may suffer from allergic reactions. When a lychee fruit is consumed, our body releases IgE antibodies. These antibodies will release chemical reactions that form allergy.
Following are the lychee allergy symptoms:
- Swelling of lips and mouth
- Labored breathe
The allergic symptoms to Lychees are rapid. Their onset is soon after eating fruit.
Lychee Allergy Symptoms Skin Rash:
Lychee allergy symptoms also affect skin. People who are allergic to pollen are also allergic to some of the kinds of fruits. This allergic reaction is hereditary. If any one of the family member is having allergy from the fruits then it might happen that the other family members also suffer from that. Skin allergy includes eczema, rash, red spots, patches, itching, swelling and inflammation. All of these reactions occur in response to IgE antibodies.
Lychee Skin allergy may also take place by only touching the fruit. The first organ that comes in contact with the allergen present in fruit is the mouth and lips so swelling of those organs is very common. By touching the fruit or allergen, the skin develops contact dermatitis. It is a serious skin disease. Hives are also the allergic reaction to the fruit that is being ingested.
People or babies who are allergic to fruits, when they touch it they will develop red patches, eruptions and blisters on the skin. Discharge and cracking of the skin may also occur. If a person is scratching the skin constantly due to itching, then lizard like skin may appear in some cases. To reduce the skin rashes in babies and elder we can give them Benadryl. It is a good source of getting rid of the blisters, and scratches of skin.
Lychee Allergy Headache:
Lychee allergy symptoms are adverse reactions taking place by the body’s immune system after consuming the raw lychees or products that contain lychees. These reactions can lead from severe anaphylactic reactions to asthma, eczema, abdominal cramps and headaches.
Headache occurs even after smelling the allergic fruit or eating it up. Following are the symptoms occur that will increase the headache.
- Sore and itchy eyes
- Runny nose
- Closed sinuses
- Sinus pain
- Low blood pressure
- Sleep disturbance
Lychee fruit allergy symptoms causes headache as well as an anaphylactic shock, which may be fatal in some cases. Anaphylactic reaction occurs only in those patients who are extremely sensitive to allergens. It is an overreaction of the immune system that may lead to death if untreated. If these reactions occur then patient must have to seek an immediate emergency treatment. These types of patients may suffer from wheezing, blockage of alveoli, swallowing difficulty etc.
Lychee Allergy Treatment:
If you are allergic to Lychee. Here are some suggestions for Lychee allergy treatment.
- For the anaphylaxis treatment just plan a multifaceted approach to the emergency and then to the allergist.
- Another way of treatment is avoid exposure to the specific allergens that may cause this anaphylactic reaction.
- Antihistamines are used for the prevention of release of histamine enzyme which causes redness, fever, swelling etc.
- Injection of epinephrine can be given in severe cases.
- Creams, body lotions, medicated soaps are also a good option for treating the skin rashes.
- People must have to avoid the fruit that is causing allergy. If anyone person in the family is allergic to some allergens then a strict care should be carried out for adults and children as well. If any of the symptoms is notices, immediately concern the doctor or the allergist.
He will perform the diagnostic tests and then give a specific treatment for specific allergen.