Plantain Allergy Symptoms, Diseases, Identification Methods and Treatment Options

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Plantain allergy can be fatal to human beings. Let us find out how to identify the symptoms and treatment options of plantain allergies.

The vegetable or the flower form of plantain is famously used in meals all across the globe. Have you heard about plantain allergy? Yes, this banana family fruit can be allergic to some people as any other food allergies. Plantain is a banana family fruit, normally consumed in a cooked or fried form. Firm to touch and full of proteins, the best aspect with plantain is it's less sugar level unlike its dessert bananas. Let us have a look at the symptoms, diseases and preventive methods related to plantain allergy.

The reason behind plantain allergy:

Plantain consists of proteins. At times, the immune system considers these proteins from plantains as foreign substances. The blood proteins in form of antibodies fight against the plantain proteins and cause allergic reaction to the body. Histamines produced as a result of the fight between antibodies and plantain proteins cause allergic symptoms anywhere in different parts of the body.

Symptoms of Plantain Allergy:

There are various symptoms occur due to plantain allergy.

  • Nasal Congestion
  • Sinus
  • Headaches
  • Sneezing
  • Hives
  • Eczema
  • Skin itching and inflammation
  • Skin rashes
  • Breathing problems
  • Wheezing and Asthma like symptoms
  • Watery eyes
  • Throat swelling

Identifying Plantain Allergy:

If you continuously get these allergic symptoms upon consuming plantain, contact your physician immediately. They will advice you to get the blood test or skin test done depending on the symptoms you get after eating plantain. These tests will help to determine whether the plantain proteins are present in your body and if they react to certain antibodies. By observing the reaction in your body, the physician will figure out whether you are really allergic to plantain and accordingly suggest treatment options.

Treating Plantain Allergy:

Treatment options are suggested depending on the symptoms occur due to plantain allergy. Once your physician identifies the cause of your allergic symptoms, he / she will choose the right course of action.

Skin Related Plantain Allergic Symptoms: If the allergic symptoms are related to skin, normally over the counter creams are suggested. For better and quicker results, always follow the instructions given by your physician about the ways of applying such creams.

Nasal, Breathing Related Plantain Allergic Symptoms: Decongestants are usually suggested to treat nasal congestion, sinus or breathing related plantain allergy symptoms.

Severe Plantain Allergic Symptoms: Observing the reactions and plantain allergy symptoms are very important since they can be fatal at some times. For example, a throat infection or inflammation due to plantain allergy can lead to low blood pressure and inturn cause sudden death.

It is better to keenly observe plantain allergy symptoms and treat them appropriately. Prevention is always better than cure. If you are identified with plantain allergy, better remove food containing plantain from your diet. New mothers in India are advised against plantain consumption as it can be fatal to the new born babies.


Pearl Wilson
Posted on May 24, 2011
Daniel de Villiers
Posted on Feb 10, 2011