How to lessen allergic reaction to food

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 02 2015 12:31 AM | Updated as of Jul 02 2015 09:05 AM

MANILA -- People who are allergic to certain kinds of food can still eat them, as long as the food is well-cooked, a medical expert said.

In an interview Wednesday on DZMM's "Magandang Gabi Dok" with Niña Corpuz, Dr. Hiyasmin Lim, an allergologist and pediatrician from the Philippine Children's Medical Center, explained that cooking food well reduces the risk of it causing allergies.

"The higher the temperature, the lesser would be the allergenicity of the food. Kasi 'yung mga protein, nagbe-breakdown, durog-durog, so mas hindi sila mage-elicit ng allergies. Whereas, kaya 'yung mga baked ganoon, may mga trial sa States na mas nato-tolerate, rather than raw egg, na andoon pa 'yung allergens. Mas magko-cause ng allergic reaction," Lim said.

Among the food that most commonly cause allergies are eggs, chicken, peanuts and nuts, and seafood, and shellfish.

Lim also explained that food need not be ingested for it to cause allergic reaction.

"Yung allergens pwedeng mahinga mo lang tapos may reaction na," she said, explaining why peanuts and nuts are commonly prohibited inside airplanes as these can cause allergic reaction.

Aside from food allergies, the most common type of allergy is allergic rhinitis, which affects around 32% of people in Southest Asia.

Allergies are commonly treated using antihistamine or nasal sprays, depending on the type of allergy.

Lim, however, warned patients from self-medicating, especially since most medicines for allergies are steroids. Steroids, if used for long periods, can have side effects.

Although not usually life-threatening, the doctor said people suffering from allergies should consult a doctor for treatment.

"Hindi siya nakakamatay, but it's the quality of life na apektado talaga," Lim said.

July 8 is National Allergy Day in the Philippines.