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You will easily find seaweed in various Japanese restaurants. Usually, seaweed is used as a complement to the sushi menu, salads, to ramen. The taste is tasty and sometimes a little chewy, making this additive quite popular with many people. However, be careful if you experience itching and reddened skin after eating it. Could be, it’s a sign of seaweed allergy.
Common symptoms of seaweed allergy
Actually, if you are allergic to seaweed, not only when eaten, but when you grind this plant you will immediately experience allergic symptoms. So, be careful if you swim at the beach and around it there is seaweed.
Do not get exposed to the skin or even hold it, you might experience the following symptoms:
- Burning sensation on the skin
- Skin irritation
Symptoms of seaweed allergy if you eat it
Well, besides these common symptoms, those of you who are allergic to grass but accidentally eat it will experience several different symptoms, such as:
- Stomach ache
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- The throat feels tight
What will happen if it is treated too late?
If not treated quickly, your condition will most likely get worse. Usually, the symptoms that arise will be more severe, such as:
- Feel pain in the head
- Puffy eyes
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
If you already experience symptoms of seaweed allergy that has been mentioned, immediately consult a dermatologist to get treatment that suits your condition.
Why do allergies occur?
A study states that seaweed allergy symptoms may be triggered by the content of alginic acid in the plant. From the research also mentioned that the immune system actually considers alginic acid as a dangerous substance. Therefore, the body forms antibodies to eventually cause various allergic symptoms.
When you swim in a place where kelp grows, seaweed flakes sometimes stick to your skin or swimsuit. Well, the size of a tight swimsuit finally puts pressure on the seaweed, so the poison sticks to the skin. Therefore, allergic to seaweed is often not realized.
How to deal with seaweed allergies
Seaweed allergy can be overcome in the following way
- Rub the affected skin with soap and water. Rinse with clean water and alcohol.
- Apply hydrocortisone cream about 2-3 times a day to relieve itching. Stop immediately if there are signs of infection such as dry and red skin.
- If it is experienced by an adult, it can be treated with diphenhydramine every 6 hours or ranitidine every 12 hours.
- If an irritated area of skin looks redder, hurts, smells bad, try antibiotics. However, you are advised to consult with your doctor first to be examined further.
If you experience symptoms that are getting worse, such as chest pain, dizzy eyes, and a weak pulse, go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
How to prevent seaweed allergy?
Avoid various foods that contain seaweed. Don’t forget to always read the composition of a product carefully. Seaweed can sometimes appear in products other than face creams and lotions.
Also try not to swim in the ocean if you have an allergy to seaweed. However, if it can not be avoided, try not to swim to areas that are visible or have reported seaweed.