How Food Allergies and Intolerances Can Affect You Even Without Food

By using natural or organic skincare products and household cleaners, you can avoid chemicals and other unnatural things that can cause irritations and health problems. But switching to natural or organic products holds some issues for those who have a food allergy or food intolerance. Natural and organic skincare products and household products for cleaning do not contain chemicals, but they often contain other ingredients that are toxic for people with food allergens.

Not all food allergens are found in food. When you clean a house with a natural product that contains citrus, you might accidentally come into contact with citrus or inhale fumes from the product as it is airborne via the spray. If you have a food allergy to citrus, it is also likely that you will have an allergic reaction to the citrus cleaner.

Makeup and beauty products are big concerns for those with food allergies. Makeup may contain oils sourced from nuts that can cause an allergic reaction ranging from a mild rash to problems breathing. If you are gifted a sugar scrub and have sugar intolerance, you could have a reaction as the sugar scrub is absorbed through your skin.

Corn and corn byproducts are common in many cosmetics and can cause reactions if you have a corn allergy. Corn products can be difficult to identify because not all ingredients are listed on beauty product labels and may not explicitly state “corn” as an ingredient, but use a chemical name instead.

Those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance can also suffer since wheat and other grains and/or byproducts are often found in skincare and household products, especially those with a natural or organic label. If you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity, you can get a reaction by coming into contact with these items, including soothing oat lotions.

Soy is another common allergen found in many natural products, and is used as a base for everything from lipstick to moisturizers.

Only food products require labeling of allergens, so it is important to read all labels. Allergic reactions do not just occur through digestion, but can also be airborne or cutaneous.

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