Bagels is known to contain various food allergens such as milk, wheat, eggs and nuts. Stomach cramps that arises after consuming bagels is uncommon but if it occurs every time the food is eaten, a doctor should be consulted.
If a food allergy is suspected, stomach pain along with other symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and vomiting might occur. It is vital to avoid eating bagels until diagnosed by a doctor.
Is it a food allergy?
Food allergies are considered uncommon among adults. The usual foods that can trigger an allergic reaction include eggs, soy, wheat, milk, peanuts, fish and nuts. An allergic reaction can trigger minor to severe symptoms in each individual. Remember that even trace amount of a specific food that the individual is allergic to can lead to the common allergy symptoms.
If an individual has an allergy to one of the ingredients in bagel, the immune system overly reacts to the proteins. Antibodies and chemicals including histamine are released which triggers swelling and inflammation.
What are the effects?
The elevated levels of histamine in the digestive tract causes the inflammation of the intestines. This inflammation causes the contraction of the stomach which results to cramping. The cramping might be escorted by stomach pain, vomiting, gas, nausea, bloating as well as diarrhea.
The histamine that is released in the other soft tissues can cause skin rashes, asthma and nasal issues. The symptoms that might develop include wheezing, difficulty breathing, eczema, hives, nasal congestion and skin itchiness.
When is it an emergency?
In some cases, a severe allergic reaction might arise. Symptoms such as lightheadedness, low blood pressure, hives and swollen lips, throat or tongue as well as inability to breath and rapid, faint heart rate necessitates emergency care. Remember that a severe reaction can be deadly if left untreated.