Sesame Allergy

Sesame allergy is one of the most ten types of allergy all over the world. This type of allergy appears in the Middle East and the Mediterranean Basin, as sesame and its products (tahini, halva, sesame oil) are heavily used in the preparation of meals such as cakes, biscuits, pastries and sweet. It may also enter into the composition of some cooking oils or skincare products. A very small amount of sesame in a meal may trigger the symptoms of sesame allergy.

Symptoms of sesame allergy:

  • Signs of asthma such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as colic pain, nausea and vomiting.
  • Dermatitis which is the most common symptom.
  • Nasal congestion, Runny nose and sneezing (allergic rhinitis).

Acute symptoms of sesame allergy include:

  • Bronchoconstriction including swelling of the throat.
  • A block in the throat causing difficulty breathing.
  • Tachycardia
  • Acute hypotension causing dizziness, light-headedness or faint.

A doctor shall be consulted concerning any allergic reaction to ground sesame, or sesame seeds and how to deal with it, regardless of its strength, and whether the patient is an adult or a child. This is because the allergic reaction varies each time, and so one should take caution and provide the adrenaline pen (needle) to use when necessary.

The most important tips for people with sesame allergy:

  • Always read the entire ingredient label carefully to make sure that they are free from allergens, especially when you suffer a severe allergy.
  • Always be cautious when eating outdoors.
  • Speak to children suffering allergy to help them be acquainted with types of food safe to them.
  • Consider having separate utensils to be used by the person with allergy only.
  • Keep foods containing allergens in a safe place out of the reach of allergic children.