Allergy, Papaya

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The papaya allergy IgE blood test detects an allergy to papayas by measuring the level of allergen-specific IgE antibodies in the blood. Unripe papaya has a significant amount of latex. So, if one has been diagnosed with a latex allergy, there's a good chance that they are allergic to papaya as well.

A papaya allergy arises when the immune system misidentifies a protein present in the papaya peel and flesh as a hazard and produces antibodies in response. These antibodies cause the body to display particular symptoms to expel the hazardous protein.

Some of the symptoms of a papaya allergy include:

  • Hives 
  • Itching
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness 
  • Anaphylaxis or acute breathing problems in extreme situations

There are predominantly four components that cause papaya allergy. They are:

  • Papain
  • Chitinase
  • Chymopapain
  • Endoproteinase

A papaya allergy test helps detect which of these components is responsible for the allergy. Papain – a component in papaya – is often used to tenderise meats. Ironically, it also helps in folk medicine to reduce swelling and inflammation. However, an allergy to the substance results in further swelling in the patient.

Oral allergy syndrome is the most common cause of papaya allergy. Cross-reactivity between plant proteins and pollen from specific fruits and vegetables causes oral allergy disorders.

As a result, the proteins in some fruits and vegetables resemble the original plant protein. When the immune system reacts to a particular plant protein, it may also respond to fruits and vegetables containing identical proteins. Hence, those who are allergic to latex may also have a papaya allergy.

However, one can treat papaya allergy with the help of over-the-counter medication such as antihistamines. Regardless, avoiding consuming the fruit altogether is best since it can have near-fatal reactions like anaphylaxis.

A shot of epinephrine can be helpful in treating anaphylaxis. But the patient must reach the emergency room immediately to receive appropriate treatment. Neglecting it may cause long-term issues in the afflicted individual.

Regardless, the first step to ensuring that one does not have to go through the ordeal of an allergic reaction to papaya is getting a papaya allergy test. Apollo 24|7 website offers one at a fairly reasonable price.

Once an individual has taken the papaya allergy test, they can approach their healthcare provider for a treatment plan that suits them best. This treatment may include immunotherapy in addition to the above-mentioned quick relief methods.

faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Some noticeable signs of an allergic reaction to papaya include swelling, tingling or itching in the mouth, tongue, lips, and throat, sneezing, and nasal congestion.
Generally, papain is the only substance that triggers an allergic reaction to papaya due to its resemblance to latex. In addition, Chitinase, Chymopapain, and Endoproteinase are other substances present in the papaya fruit that can trigger an allergic reaction.
Papain, an enzyme found in papaya, is a possible allergen. Overconsumption of papaya may result in respiratory diseases such as asthma, congestion, and wheezing. Moreover, it can also trigger anaphylaxis in people allergic to papaya. It might cause an individual to experience blocked airways due to swelling.
Even if one is allergic to papayas, it can be rather tricky to determine if they are allergic to the fruit or other components. Therefore, it is best to take a papaya allergy test to figure out if they have a papaya allergy or not. This can either be a skin prick test or a blood test.
Cooking papaya chemically changes the proteins preventing symptoms in those with mild or moderate papaya allergy. But, it is best to check with your doctor before consuming papaya in any form.
Ripe papaya fruit is generally safe when massaged into the skin or gums for up to 10 days. However, applying unripe papaya fruit to the skin may be hazardous. Papaya latex is found in unripe papaya. Due to this, some people may also experience extreme irritation and an allergic response to papaya.

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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