Allergy to honey
Allergy to honey - an allergic reaction of the body to the pollen of plants contained in this product. If the honey has not gone through the full technological process, there always remains a residual amount of pollen from the bees visited by the plants. It is the pollen that is the provoking allergen, since the main composition of honey is simple sugars, which can not cause an allergic reaction.
Most people believe that an allergy to honey - a fairly common phenomenon and it is strictly not recommended to give to young children. So, this is not so. Allergy to honey in children is very rare, not more than usual sugar. In the vast majority of cases, an allergic reaction is manifested after eating falsified honey, which can contain both cane (allergenic) sugar and various medicinal substances, sometimes used for the treatment of bees. In addition, poorly processed honey contains pollen of plants pollinated by bees. It is pollen allergy , which is quite common, and is the main cause of allergy to honey. Biological and chemical pollution, which can cause an allergic reaction, get into the honey very rarely, and that because of inexperience or bad faith, the beekeeper, who does not comply with the terms and standards of processing, abuses various feeding and does not control the purity of the apiary.
An important role in the development of this disease is heredity, so the allergy to honey can easily develop in a child whose blood relatives already have this disease. Moreover, the allergic reaction in each person manifests itself individually, for example, a person can not use honey, but the products with the addition of honey use without problems. This is due to the fact that the allergic reaction to honey develops only on its specific varieties.
Separately, I would like to note that often beekeepers use certain antibiotics in their hives to increase the activity of bee colonies in spring. In this case, an allergy develops to antibiotics , not to honey itself, which is simply a mediator of the transmitted allergen.
Often, this type of allergy occurs in asthmatics and people suffering from allergic rhinitis. According to researchers, this is associated with a decrease in immune defense, various disorders in the gastrointestinal tract and general slagging of the body.
There is a fairly common alternative opinion that allergies to pollen, and in particular to honey, do not exist in nature at all, and the established opinion about the allergic properties of honey is erroneous and is due to the use of a falsified product based on ordinary sugar, which is in itself sufficient a strong allergen. During the processing, the sugar undergoes sufficient heating, which leads to the release of a very strong carcinogen, oxymethylfurfural, which causes this allergic reaction. To exclude such a situation, you should purchase honey from well-known real beekeepers
Allergy to honey - symptoms
Symptoms of this disease manifest almost instantly and are characterized by unpleasant sensations in the mouth, a sore throat and swelling. It is because of the rapid manifestation of symptoms, many allergists recommend before using a new grade of honey, put a very small amount of it on the tongue and wait a bit. In case of appearance of the above-described signs, immediately rinse the oral cavity with water.
Another method of testing honey for allergenicity is to apply a small amount of it to the inner fold of the hand. If in a short period of time different skin reactions begin to manifest in the form of urticaria, swelling and itching - this product is contraindicated. The allergic reaction of the body to honey develops regardless of sex and age.
The main symptoms of honey allergies are: swelling of the mucous membrane of the lips, tongue and throat, swelling of the nasal mucosa and runny nose, swelling in the throat and mouth, coughing, swelling of the nasal mucosa, sneezing, runny nose, skin rashes, nausea, severe itching of the skin, increased body temperature, headache , increased fatigue
Allergy to honey - treatment
As with all other diseases of an allergic nature, treatment of allergies to honey is primarily based on complete rejection of an allergic reaction product, as well as drinks and products containing it. If the allergic reaction is already in full swing, an antihistamine should be taken without delay to relieve acute symptoms. If the symptoms of an allergy to honey after taking an antihistamine drug continue to be observed, it is necessary not to delay for a long time to seek advice from an allergist
In addition to the fact that honey, although rare enough, is still capable of causing an allergic reaction, it is itself a wonderful remedy for allergies, the most effective being honeycomb. To get rid of hay fever, sinusitis and cold, you just need to chew a small amount of it.
Small children, even infants, honey often cures exudative diathesis. At kids the annoying itch and dryness of a skin disappears, on a head there pass seborrheic crusts, reddening and an ecdysis of cheeks disappears. However, it should be remembered that before giving the baby honey, it is necessary to make a test for sensitivity to this product. According to the results of long-term observations, it was established that children, who since childhood use honey in reasonable quantities, are mentally and physically developing much faster than their peers.
If the child is aroused, moody and often crying, he has insomnia, nighttime urination, and sleep is restless and superficial - to reduce or even completely disappear the listed symptoms should regularly take 1 tsp. honey in the morning and in the evening, without interrupting the course of one and a half months or more. However, it should be carefully monitored so as not to miss the possible (in isolated cases) development of an allergy to honey. In two weeks, improvement will be noticeable. If necessary, the treatment with honey can be repeated after a month's break.
The second, no less important property of honey is antibacterial. Immediately after the appearance of the child's first signs of rhinitis (cold) it should be diluted 1: 1 honey with boiled water and the resulting solution to dig in the nose. If the child is more than six months, a small amount of aqueous propolis solution can be added to this solution. Directly the aqueous propolis solution itself can be used without diluting after one and a half years. If the rhinitis has already passed into the chronic stage, the following composition will help: ½ st. spoons of honey + ½ st. spoons of water r-propolis + 6 cap. tinctures of eucalyptus oil + 10 ml of tea brewing. This mixture should be (first clearing it) to dig in the nose, at least six times a day. Store the resulting mixture in a refrigerator, without refreezing.