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What are Phenol Allergies?
Phenols are common in foods and throughout the environment. They are aromatic compounds responsible for flavors and odors. Phenolic compounds cannot be entirely avoided; however, there are steps you can take to find out if you have a phenol allergy. If you do, there are interventions available which diminish sensitivity and symptoms.
Diagnosing Phenol Allergies
The signs of a phenol allergy are diverse and appear differently in children than in adults.
Signs of a phenol allergy in adults include the typical allergic symptoms such as runny nose, red eyes, wheezing, stuffiness in the head and itchiness. However, in many people, phenolic compounds cause distress such as digestive issues or even pain. Adults who have chronic fatigue syndrome often have allergies to phenolic compounds. Many people have symptoms such as anxiety or other indicators that may seem unrelated to an allergy.
Children who are allergic to phenols may be hyperactive. They may have skin signs such as dark circles under the eyes, red ears and a pale face. Headache, behavioral changes and loose stools may be present.
Causes of Phenol Allergies
As stated above, phenols are very common. Total avoidance of phenolic compounds is impossible. Your body mistakes phenolic compounds as dangerous. It releases histamines and other chemicals which cause the allergic symptoms.
Help for Phenol Allergies
If you suspect that you have a phenol allergy, discuss your concerns with your health care provider. Conventional treatments are available which will help to relieve your discomfort. A detailed medical history and various tests may be employed. Dietary and lifestyle changes may be recommended. Conventional practitioners may recommend the use of antihistamine and other drugs which intercept the allergic response.
More Information about Phenol Allergies
Phenols are so widespread that diagnosis may be difficult.
Phenolic compounds are found in animal dander, dust, smoke and odors, and are common in foods. Both natural and synthetic flavorings and preservatives contain phenolic compounds, including many herbs. Almonds, berries, cherries, cucumbers, grapes and soft stone fruits such as peaches, as well as aspirin and essential oils contain high levels of phenols. Additionally, corn syrup, peppers and tomatoes are all high in aromatic compounds. Phenolic compounds are also found in pollen and are typically involved in the presence of hay fever.
The highest concentration of phenols in fruits and vegetables is in the skin and seeds, so it is important to wash and peel fruits and vegetables to minimize exposure to phenols.
People with asthma are frequently sensitive to phenols, and while some people may be allergic to certain aromatic compounds, it is unlikely that they are allergic to all of them. Allergies from phenols can cause mild depression and lethargy, and symptoms may worsen with stress, but a low phenol diet may reduce symptoms.
Conventional treatments for phenol allergies such as antihistamine drugs may be sedating and cause dry mouth. In children, they may cause irritability and sleeplessness. If you think you have an allergy to aromatic compounds, there is natural help available that can safely provide relief.