Posted on April 10, 2010 in Health & Nutrition
Caffeine can be had by drinking tea, coffee, soft drinks and any chocolates. It is also available in drugs used to treat headaches, allergy, cold pills and pain relief. Mind when over-agitated due to consumption of caffeine is known as caffeine allergy.
World over caffeine is consumed by many. Nearly about 80% of the adult US population consumes caffeine in some form or the other, either through medication or through food. Caffeine as a natural diuretic removes the fluid out of the system.
The allergic reaction to caffeine is known as anaphylaxis. During this condition, the body tends to get into a state of “fight” or “flight”. One feels nervous and agitated. This caffeine anaphylaxis results in the collapse of the “blood brain wall” and also brings about toxic dementia.
Symptoms of Caffeine Allergy
- Reactions can be either negligible or severe psychotic condition, which may cause unreasonable behavior, absence of concentration, distracted awareness, lack of proper understanding, less concentration, mood swings etc.
- There could be sudden change in actions, illusions, obsession, nightmare etc.
- Some of these changes are noticed by others, but the sufferer may be oblivious to them.
- Victims of caffeine allergy have symptoms quite similar to bipolar or schizophrenia
Effects of Caffeine Allergy
- Increases pain and muscle tension.
- Intensifies toxic psychosis.
- Caffeine raises the level of catecholamine. The body is able to produce dopamine and there is increased activity.
- If the dopamine levels increase too much, it can cause panic attacks, anxiety and hyperactivity.
- One can experience hallucinations.
- Brain can get damaged.
- Can cause inflammation, which in turn results in pain.
- Lack of sufficient sleep.
What is the Cure for Caffeine Allergy?
- Reduce the intake of coffee and other beverages, which contain caffeine.
- Consult your physician and get required treatment.
- Identify the symptoms and act upon them.
- One should switch on to decaffeinated coffee.
- One must try to remove caffeine from one’s diet.
- Find other tasty alternatives to caffeine containing drinks.
- The medical practitioner has to identify the symptoms properly.
Those suffering from caffeine allergy are often mistaken to suffer from mental disorders such as bipolar or schizophrenia. The symptoms do cause a lot of discomfort. The best way to avoid caffeine allergy is to restrict your caffeine intake.
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