A member of the legume family, soy is a common ingredient in infant formulas and many other processed foods. In young children, soy is one of the most common food allergens. Typically, allergic reactions first appear in infants and children under 3, and most of them outgrow the allergy by age 10.
Soy Allergy Symptoms
- Rash or hives (urticaria)
- Itching in the mouth
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Wheezing or other asthma symptoms
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Rarely, a soy allergy will cause anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal reaction in which the throat swells up, blood pressure drops and breathing is impaired. Immediate treatment with epinephrine, using an auto-injector, can reverse these symptoms.
Common Triggers of a Soy Allergy
- Soy and soy products (including some infant formulas), soy milk and soy sauce
Soy Allergy Management
- Avoid products containing soy.
- Read labels carefully.
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