Psyllium Fiber

Are You Allergic To Psyllium

Are you allergic to Psyllium fiber? Is it common to become allergic to it? What are Psyllium allergies? Who is more prone to one? What are other Psyllium side effects?

Who should consult a physician before taking Psyllium Husk?

Is It Possible To Become Allergic To Psyllium

Psyllium is relatively safe to use. Psyllium is harmless accept if you have previously handled or worked with lots of Psyllium, and as a result have became allergic to it.

If your work involves handling a lot of Psyllium, you may have inhaled Psyllium as the Psyllium Husks are light weight and can be easily air-borne. In this case you could have inhaled Psyllium on a daily basis, and become allergic to Psyllium husk.

If you have not handled the easily air-borne Psyllium as part of your daily occupation, then it is highly unlikely that you will be allergic to it.

If you have handled Psyllium as part of your occupation, then use Psyllium with care. It is best for you to use Psyllium in capsule form. Do not use the easily air-borne husk or powder. If you do not get any allergic reaction, you can continue taking the Psyllium capsule.

What Are Psyllium Allergies

Psyllium allergies are similar to the allergic reaction that people have with pollen. When pollen is air-borne during the flowering season, sensitive people get allergies such as hay fever as a result of the pollen getting into their nose and eyes.

Let us look at the allergic reactions to Psyllium husk. They are as follows:

  • Breathlessness
  • Sneezing and flu symptoms
  • Itches
  • Rash and even hives
  • Swelling

Who Are More Prone To Psyllium Allergy

Psyllium allergies have been found to be present in health care providers who have handled psyllium, daily in their workplace. If you have or had allergic reactions, please do not take Psyllium. The allergic reactions are serious Psyllium side effects.

Psyllium Husks are regarded a safe fiber to take if you are not prone to Psyllium allergies. Just make sure you know how to take it and when to take it.

If you use Psyllium, do not inhale as it causes an allergy similar to hay fever that people get on inhaling pollen. It is best to take it as Psyllium in capsule form, so that you are not exposed to air-borne Psyllium.

Other Psyllium Side-Effects

Allergic reactions are one of the side-effects of Psyllium. The other Psyllium Husk Side-Effects are:

  • Bloating and gas
  • Nausea
  • Choking on Psyllium
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Abdominal pain

The above side-effects may arise as a result of not following the "how" of taking Psyllium.

Who Should Consult a Physician Before Taking Psyllium Fiber

If you find that on taking Psyllium, you experience allergic reactions above, please stop taking it and consult your physician.

If you are pregnant or want to give Psyllium husk to a young child or if you take any drugs as medication or if you have any colon disease or blockage, it is best to consult your doctor before you decide to take Psyllium fiber.

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