Hypersensitivity type may be- Type I Allergy
Immune reactions may be from- IgE
Reactions may occur in- Minutes
A Lupin Allergy is an immune response from consuming or inhaling substances containing the proteins found in Lupin. Lupin (also called Lupine) is part of the Legume family, the same as Peanuts and Soybeans.
Lupin is an emerging allergen that is very high in protein, and is often an ingredient in gluten-free products.
Lupin is used in many food products (scroll below to see some of the products it can be found in), especially as a flour. It has been an unlabelled allergic ingredient in the recent past, but is now mandatory to be labelled on food products.
There may be a link between people that have a Peanut Allergy also having a Lupin Allergy.
LUPIN is one of the 10 most common food allergens in Australia, that all together account for 90% of food allergies in Australia.
LUPIN ALLERGY SYMPTOMS
Some of the lupin allergy symptoms may be characterised by:
- Swelling of lips, face, eyes
- Abdominal pain
- Hives/ Urticaria
- Tingling mouth
- Conjunctival irritation
- Asthma Aggravation
The validity and severity of these symptoms are dependent on the individual and the level of exposure, as determined by a qualified health care provider.
If you experience or are in the presence of someone that encounters an immediate serious reaction (this may include difficulty breathing, wheezing, throat tightening, swelling, collapse, etc), call or have someone call triple zero (000) immediately.
In the case of a minor allergic reaction, people may use Antihistamines along with other medications based on their individual symptoms and prescribed treatments.
For severe allergic reactions Epinephrine may be used, followed by seeking emergency medical attention. However, some people may not be able to use Epinephrine due to particular reasons.
It’s important for anyone with an Allergy, to discuss treatments with a qualified health care provider to understand how to manage individual allergies and also to set up an Allergy Action Plan in the case of a reaction.
Always present your Allergy Card, Medical Alert Bracelet or Necklace to ensure health care providers, family members, friends, colleagues and others are aware of your Allergy or Allergies.
A skin test, blood test or food challenge may be used to test for a Lupin Allergy.
Some labels or terms you may come across on Lupin Allergy friendly products:
"Lupin Free" "No Lupin"
RANDOM ALLERGY FACT
The Lupine plant can grow up to 1.5 meters in height.
WHERE YOU MAY COME ACROSS LUPIN
The below is not a complete list, but just some of the places you may come across Lupin:
- Battered or crumbed foods
- Convenience foods
- Crepes / pancakes
- Health drinks
- Ice cream
- Salad dressings
- Snack bars
- Tofu / Tempeh
The information provided on Allergy Life Australia is to generally educate and inform you about living with allergies, intolerances and conditions, and is not intended as medical instruction or as a substitute for diagnosis, examination and advice by a qualified health care provider.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER PRODUCTS YOU HAVE COME ACROSS WITH LUPIN? HAVE YOU HAD AN EXPERIENCE WITH A LUPIN ALLERGY OR KNOW SOMEONE THAT HAS? LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW