Allergy, Rice

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For more than half of the planet's population, rice is a crucial staple crop. The grain is a rich source of several essential nutrients for billions of people all over the world. Nevertheless, there are some people with rice allergy who may become sick after eating, touching, or inhaling the steam from boiled rice.

People with allergies should take special care to steer clear of rice-containing foods. It can be more complicated than it seems to cut rice out of your diet. Numerous snacks, meals, and even beverages have rice as an ingredient. Some of the common rice-based dishes and beverages include:

  • Certain morning cereals, both hot and cold  
  • Several brands and kinds of granola bars  
  • Rice cakes 
  • Bread and pastries made with rice flour  
  • Certain baby meals
  • Rice milk and pudding  
  • Sushi 
  • Sake 
  • Rice noodles 
  • Risotto 
  • Beer or wine

A patient's immune system reacts when they are allergic to rice. The body creates IgE antibodies against some contaminants because it perceives them as hazardous. An allergic response is indicated by the release of histamine, which is induced by these antibodies. Apollo Pharmacy's Rice Allergy test is a rapid and effective technique to identify this condition.

In a Rice Allergy test, the Immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels supplied in KU/L, or kilo units per litre, are checked to determine the interpretation of the rice allergy. IgE antibodies are necessary for the immune system to respond to allergens linked to allergy disorders. If the IgE number in your test results is less than 0.35 KU/L, it suggests that there is no evidence of a rice allergy. If the IgE score in your test results falls between 0.70 and 17.5, it means that there is evidence of an allergic reaction. Values above 17.5 imply positive results for patients under sporadic circumstances. Since there is no specific remedy for a rice allergy, cutting back on its consumption is the only option.

  • A Rice Allergy test is particularly beneficial in:  
  • Establishing a rice allergy diagnosis  
  • Identifying the allergens that cause allergic symptoms or anaphylactic reaction  
  • Obtaining confirmation of hypersensitivity before starting immunotherapy  
  • Investigating the specificity of immune responses to medications, chemicals, or insect sting allergens

Given that many proteins are broken down by heat, it may be acceptable to eat cooked rice; however, it is crucial to speak with an allergist before doing so. You must avoid rice and its derivatives until it is considered safe to eat if you exhibit indications of a rice allergy. 

Medically reviewed by Dr. Saibal Moitra, Allergist and clinical immunologist, Apollo Multispeciality Hospitals, Kolkata.

faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

After eating rice, those with rice allergies may experience sneezing, runny noses, itching, asthma, stomach aches, hives, sores in the mouth, or eczema. In addition to consuming rice, those with a rice allergy may experience responses from inhaling rice vapour.
A Rice Allergy test requires no extra preparation on your part. Your doctor can occasionally advise fasting before the test. It's crucial to inform your doctor if you use antihistamines. Before your test, they could urge you to avoid consuming the medication.
If you are sensitive to or allergic to rice, your body is responding to any one of the plant's proteins. The 9-, 14-, and 31-kDa protein bands are home to several proteins that are frequently linked to allergies.
Most people with a rice allergy grow out of it; however, some people have the allergy their entire lives. Mild symptoms in this situation will go away on their own. Antihistamines, nevertheless, can be used to alleviate skin-related problems. Some cereals and granola bars, rice pudding, rice cakes, rice milk, some baby foods, rice bread, risotto, and cookies prepared with rice flour are some of the foods you need to stay away from if you have a rice allergy.
Breathlessness or breathing difficulties, tongue or throat swelling, a fall in blood pressure, or a racing heartbeat are all symptoms of a severe rice allergic reaction. This condition is titled Anaphylactic shock, and it can become life-threatening without prompt medical attention.
One distinctive feature of rice allergies is that some individuals may develop reactions not just from handling or eating it but also from breathing in the vapour from cooked rice. If someone discovers they are allergic to rice, it is crucial to steer clear of the meal in all forms, as inhaling rice steam is known to trigger an asthmatic reaction.

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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