Cabbage Allergy Symptoms and Diagnosis


Cabbage allergy isn’t common; however hypersensitive people who ingest this vegetable will experience mild to moderate allergic symptoms.

Adverse reaction between proteins in cabbage and immune system stimulate uncommon signs. Immune system, which mistaken protein in this vegetable as a threat releases IgE antibodies to detect them, next time when you ingest cabbage or other food substance with identical proteins, antibodies signals immune system to release histamine.

Though FDA didn’t approve to use cabbage to treat ailments, based on anecdotal reports many people include this wild vegetable to treat various health ailments and to reduce weight.

Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties in cabbage allure people to include it to their diet.

Anyhow, if your immune system is sensitive to its proteins, then talk to your physician or allergist before picking it up.

Cabbage Allergy Symptoms

According to experts Bra o3, a 9 kDa lipid transfer protein, a heat stable allergen is found in people with cabbage allergy.

A protein enzyme known as chitinase found in cabbage, its stems and roots is characterized to stimulate an allergic reaction. However, it’s not determined by clinical research.

When these proteins (allergens) combine with antibodies, it activates proinflammatory immune cells. Chemical reaction triggers between mast cells, histamines and proteins in cabbage resulting in allergic signs.

  • Swelling and tingling sensation on lips, face and on tongue
  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Skin rashes and lesions
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Swelling of airways
  • Wheezing
  • Chest tightness
  • Coughing
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Light headedness
  • Unconsciousness

In rare cases symptoms resists and results in anaphylaxis condition.

Person with above mentioned uncommon symptoms need immediate medical attention.


Based on above listed symptoms, you can’t determine the allergen. In some cases, you might avoid the wrong food substance and continue using the allergic substance.

Allergist will diagnose by conducting skin prick test. Your skin will be exposed to different substance to confirm the IgE antibodies and accordingly allergen is determined.

Best way to treat cabbage allergy is to avoid consuming it, also food products that include this vegetable must be avoided.

Broccoli and Brussels sprouts belongs to cabbage family, so they include identical proteins which may irritate your immune system.

Check the ingredient’s list of the product before buying them. Mild cabbage allergic signs can be reduced by antihistamine prescribed by allergist.

Patient who experienced severe allergic reaction before must talk to physician and carry epinephrine auto-injector for immediate medication.

Image source

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *