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Cucumbers are one of the best digestive food items. They are 96% water and have only five calories per ounce, along with some vitamin C and trace minerals. They are healthy food items from the marrow family, including courgette, pumpkin, etc.

This vegetable is commonly grown in home gardens and is popularly used for consumption. It is often used as pickles when marinated with vinegar, salt, or spices. Due to extensive cross-reactivity among various individual species of the genus, many people may experience cucumber allergy and face an allergic reaction when exposed to it.

Cucumber plants produce high levels of phytoalexins in their leaves as a response to powdery mildew treatment. These phytoalexins are a leading cause of contact dermatitis.

The symptoms of cucumber allergy include:

  • Hay fever
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose

When these symptoms get intense, they can also lead to oral allergy syndrome (OAS). The symptoms of cucumber allergy can usually be treated with forty-three months of pollen-specific immunotherapy. This helps build tolerance and endurance for cucumber ingestion. This treatment is also effectively used to suppress an allergic reaction to different food items.

At Apollo 24|7, you can opt for a cucumber allergy test if you face any issues after consuming cucumbers. When opting for an allergy test, you must give detailed information and a history of your symptoms, the standard food items that cause this problem, how often you consume them, etc.

You will also have to share your family history of allergies with your doctor. Based on this information, your doctor will order a blood test. The treatment plan may include eliminating suspect food items for a week or two and gradually adding them back into your diet, along with medication. This process allows the doctors and healthcare providers to link symptoms to specific food items. The medicine will also help reduce the symptoms and can be taken after exposure to cucumbers.

If you face severe symptoms, your doctor may order an emergency injection of epinephrine and an immediate treatment plan. 

faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you are allergic to cucumbers, exposure to this food item will cause an allergic reaction based on the allergy level. Typically, the allergic reaction can take anywhere from a few hours to even ten days to subside. Even if you take treatment, the symptoms can last about two to four weeks.
When people experience itchiness in their mouth and throat, the most common allergic reaction to a food allergy is immediately followed by mild swelling. This is known as oral allergy syndrome and is caused by allergy antibodies that mistake specific proteins in nuts, vegetables, or fresh fruits for pollens.
Many people suffer from a cucumber allergy. It is a common food allergy that affects sensitised individuals. Under this allergy, people have reported oral allergy syndrome and itching of the lips, tongue, and throat. Any contact with cucumber can result in atopic dermatitis or even cause contact urticaria.
The effects or symptoms of cucumber allergy differ between individuals. Some people may experience an allergic reaction to their skin in the form of itchiness. Additionally, some people allergic to ragweed may also be allergic to cucumbers and experience an allergic reaction.
One of the best ways to flush allergens out of your body is by keeping yourself hydrated. Drinking plenty of fluids helps your body in flushing the allergen food from your system. Apart from having water, you can also consume low-calorie drinks such as sports drinks to rejuvenate the electrolytes that your body is losing.
An allergic reaction such as itchy skin usually goes away by itself in a week or two. However, effective treatment can make you feel more comfortable and help reduce the symptoms. You must consult a doctor immediately if you have severe symptoms or reactions such as swelling in your throat or trouble breathing.

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The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results