Allergy, Mustard

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Mustard allergy test is a diagnostic procedure that is performed to determine whether an individual is allergic to mustard. Mustard is a common condiment and ingredient in many foods. There are two main types of mustard: brown mustard, and white or yellow mustard. People use mustard by grinding the seeds and mixing them with vinegar, water, and other liquids along with sugar, salt, or flour. Both mustard seeds and condiments are widely used for cooked dishes and other foods.

Mustard allergy is caused by one of the fourteen major allergens under food types and has become a common allergy since there has been an increase in the use of spices over the years. For people with a mustard allergy, the allergic reactions can occur a few minutes after ingestion. Individuals may experience allergic reactions involving the skin, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and respiratory systems.

Symptoms of mustard allergy can include:

  • Trouble swallowing or hoarse throat
  • Wheezing, shortness of breath, nasal congestion
  • Diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain, stomach cramps
  • Itching, hives, eczema
  • Pale skin or blue skin colouring
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Lightheadedness, weak pulse, dizziness, fainting

Some symptoms may also include the following ones that are commonly associated with Oral Allergy Syndrome:

  • Swelling of the tongue, lips, mouth, and throat
  • Itchy ears
  • Scratchy throat
  • Hives on the mouth

If you suffer from a mustard allergy, you might have to avoid consuming some food items that may cause cross-reactivity. Mustard is used as a spice and condiment in several cooking dishes. Hence, there is a high chance of experiencing allergic reactions to different foods.

You can avoid having mustard seeds, mustard powder, and packaged mustard. Additionally, these are the food items that you must avoid if you have a mustard allergy:

  • Sausage
  • Mayonnaise
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Pickles
  • Seasonings and flavourings
  • Ketchup
  • Chips

If you think you have a mustard allergy or experience any of the symptoms mentioned above, you must contact your doctor or healthcare provider. At Apollo 24|7, you can go for a mustard allergy test to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and find a suitable treatment for the same.

With the help of a mustard allergy test, you will better understand how to manage and reduce your allergic reactions and symptoms. Your doctor will work actively with you in deciding on a treatment plan for your allergy and the symptoms. 

faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What foods to avoid having if you have a mustard allergy?

If you suffer from mustard allergy, it is best to avoid food items such as cabbage, turnip, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, and canola since they belong to the same family mustard- Brassicaceae. The seeds of these food items have proteins that may be closely related to proteins found in mustard. Hence, you may experience cross-reactivity and allergic reactions.

Is mustard allergy common?

Mustard allergy is recognised as a common food allergen. It consists of a primary allergen known as “Sin a 1”. The enzymes present in mustard do not break down easily in the digestive tract. The allergen is also always present in the mustard, even if it has been cooked. This makes it easy for many people to develop a mustard allergy.

Do you require preparation before appearing for a mustard allergy test?

No special preparation is required before appearing for a mustard allergy test. If there are any special requirements, your doctor or healthcare provider will let you know whether they want you to fast before the test or not. If you consume antihistamines, you must let your doctor or healthcare provider know this before appearing for the test.

Should you avoid all forms of mustard for mustard allergy?

Food processing does not primarily affect the primary and major proteins that cause allergy. They are also heat resistant. Individuals allergic to mustard may often react to mustard in processed and heated forms.Following dietary precautions is mandatory as even a small amount of the seed cause allergic reactions.

Can you be sensitive to other allergens?

For individuals who suffer from mustard allergy, there is a possibility that they may also experience cross-reactivity when eating other similar foods. When your body’s immune system identifies other proteins or components similarly structured to your allergy, it triggers a response. You may be allergic to other seeds if you have a mustard allergy.

Is there a risk for anything severe?

Usually, allergic reactions subside in a few days or after consuming your medicines. Epinephrine prescription is usually prescribed for patients suffering from food allergies. People with asthma may face an increased risk of severe allergic reactions, especially if their asthma is not well-controlled.

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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