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Are Nigerians Allergic To Any Food?

In europe and america,people are easily allergic to foods like wheat,nuts,dairy products,most gluten product containing products,etc, but in nigeria,personally i have hardly seen or heard of anybody that is allergic to any kind of food or even substances.

Why are africans in general not prone to allergies like westerners?

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Yh...got snail allergies, if I eat it or eat soup wif snail in it or fry meat wif the oil used to fry the snail,i get tiny rashes all over my face, feet and hands start itching. Quite annoyin, or if someone is cooking snail, the smell of it causes my throat and ears to itch . Ironically, I heard I used to eat it when I was really young, dunno what happened.

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food allergy is indeed not a commom health challenge in our country and the sub-sahara Africa. I think hereditary. factor might also be among

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My friend is allergic To eggs and nuts. She was never bosom fed cos she lost her mum at birth

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I was warned to ensure my 6trs old so stays off a lot of thing, like seafoods, all biscuit, corn products, milk, all colored drinks, can only take sprite and 7up, I could not do it and he now tolerates all so I really didn't believe there was allergies until last night when I ate just 1 crab, It isn't my first time but i was rushed to the hospital cos it was an emergency. Sever stomach ache, feltlije throwing up, body itch from scalp to sole, with all parts swollen and choking. My children were just praying to God that thier mum should not die. It was really bad but I tank God I'm better now, on 5 days injection and never I go near crab again, I'm even scared of shrimps too

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Allergic to some drugs (paracetamol and chloroquine) and magarine

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my own type of allergy was pretty strange when I was 11yrs old I developed allergy to pollen grains, so I cant go near flowers at all, or else my eyes all gets swollen like I just fought Mike Tyson. The doctor told my mum that I will outgrow it by the time am 25yrs, but fortunately for me, it stopped when I was 14yrs, and immediately oil allergy started but right now am free from it,

I tell you it wasnt a pleasant experience

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A beg bros which one be lactose intolerance? I don de old and I never get am; I no sabi anyone we get am. Abi no be de thing we you say dey do person whey bosom feed well well?

But looking at things well, I am beginning to think we do have allergies but do not listen to ourselves well enough to detect that. There are too many things to worry about the least of which is how belle de do you after the last meal of boiled maize and pears.

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plenty of nigerians with allergies - they are just known by different terminologies - brief illness - jazz from village etc

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i know nigerians that have allergies.

i have a friend,Ayo.the guy is allergic to fish-any sea food.his lips would be so sore and swollen coupled with severe iching.

another guy i knw is allergic to rain.if he gets in the rain,you would think he was in a fight.i have seen he face like that and i was asking who beat him up.

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lactose intolerance (alergy to milk sugar) affects 70-95% of africans while only 10-25% of whites (depending on study).

as far as other alergies the ratio of food alergies to population by race is: 0-17 years. All. 3.8%. White. 3.8%. Black. 3.7%. Asian. 4.3%. Multiple race. 4.6%. Hispanic. 2.8%.  courtesy of the office of minority health.  (link provided below)

http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/content.aspx?ID=5155&lvl=3&lvlID=319

http://www.healthcentral.com/allergy/c/3900/55508/minorities-free

i have noticed in africa there is a "do not discuss health issues" mentality while in places like the us and europe things are openly discussed.  there is little to no diff by race as far as alergys are concerend but a huge diff in the discussion of such.

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i'm actually allergic to honey. the truth is that most nigerians haven't eaten anything they are allergic to. Nigerian diet is too basic to be allergic to. Rice, beans, yam, etc. Wut's there to be allergic to.

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We are a hardy breed but I believe there is something we are doing right for us not to have too many cases of allergy. Maybe it is bossom-feeding like someone pointed out or the hot weather ensures our systems move fast and are in top form. The Oyibo cold is something else and I believe it helps to make their systems delicate. I often wonder at them when they are listing things they are allergic to. Here we eat everything and no shaking.

Going by our poor hygiene and general carelessness, we all ought to be down and in hospital. God is good sha.

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Yes, Nigerians can be allergic to food.

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There was a news last year about some Chinese eggs being contaminated, becoz they mixed excess chemical in the chicken feeds to highten the breeding output.

Also this their issue of half done food and meats, i see people eating fresh meat with blood in the name of half-cooked, or half roasted meat. You see people eating uncooked fish, jst few mins after eating they start complaining of allegy.

That is also why we always have low cases of all these their Bird flu, swine flu in Africa .

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Yes Hausa foods ohhhhhhh

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Of course Nigerians can also have food allergies - they're human too.

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Yes, judging from the high incidence of bad skin problems along with protruding abdomins in Nigerians. I would bet we are especially because we tend to have a poorly balanced diet, leaning on specific types of food. Sometimes having too much of something can eventually lead you to being allergic to it.

We dont tend to listen to out bodies anyway, we just want to feel full. there is only an emergency when we are dying and even then we dont look at the root cause, instead we go for "deliverance", lol

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NATURE IS THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING EVERYTHHNG! Human excessiveness ( new method of growing fruits & animals, fishes etc with d total disregard to d natural process) brought about many ailments as well some allergies. God placed people of different races and cultures at d ideal and appropriate locations for their development be spiritual, cultural even regarding d foods for a healthy living. But in d course development and movement from one nation/region to d other there are bound 2b changes in our body responses to certain things i.e, FOODS, i believe d best we could do is to study ourselves and adjust gradually to d new environment/foods etc. because nature will always find a balance. Imagine a man who was raised eating nigerian dishes from birth, he then moved abroad, lets say europe he'll need to adjust 2d new foods there in order avoid health problems. Things like this at times brings about allergies THOUGH NOT IN ALL CASES. I BELIEVE UNDERSTANDING NATURE & OURSELF WILL DEFINITELY BRINGS ABOUT A HEALTHY LIVING!

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I have a friend in Lagos who never can eat peanuts (groundnuts), She does she get huge bumps all over her body for days on end. And another I know who never touch shrimps or snails.

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Nigerian don suffer too much to have poor immune system

Imagine a man allergic to gari and yet no get money.

However, it is possible and we just dont pay attention to it.

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i was bottle-fed from day 1 and was prone to allergies, asthma, colds.

i was allergic to eggs as a child. i think i outgrew the allergy somewhere along the line but don't know for sure as i didn't start eating eggs till i was 19. then i noticed i have a kind of intolerance to eggs; i can eat a pack of 10 eggs over a period of one month to 6 weeks without any problem. but if i eat eggs for about 3 or more consecutive days then i develop mild symptoms.

also, i noticed last year that i'm sensitive to groundnuts. i get allergic symptoms (oral & ear) everytime i eat boiled groundnuts. as for the roasted groundnuts, i've only noticed symptoms when i ate a lot at once, or ate them quite frequently.

i have an uncle who had severe allergies to red meat, and a cousin who is allergic to fish, eggs and draw soups. i wonder if there is a genetic component to allergies.

actually poor hygiene strengthens babies' immune systems.

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Yeah. . .Healthy foods.

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You are very correct,too much food additives and preservatives could have a bad chemical reaction in the body.Africans before now have been free from preserved and chemically adulterated foods,but with the proliferation of imported foods now in african,especially the very poisonous ones from china,allergies and food intolerance will soon become a trend in nigeria,

African children on average,even with all the nightmares mothers face are born healthy and able but in the west,with all the cares and protections almost one in twenty births are in some way deformed or diseased.Yes i agree infant mortality is higher in africa mainly due to complications at birth and poor public hygiene but infant disability is considerably lower for now compare to the west.

People should avoid preserved and imported food,they are not idle for human consumption,especially baby foods.

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Food allergies arise mainly from poor immune system development as seen with people who were bottle-fed as infants or weaned too early.

In Africa, babies are mainly bosom-fed, some up to 6 months to 2 years. These babies have very strong immune systems and, as a result, are not prone to major food allergies.

The kinds of food disorder that may plague African children are Lactose Intolerance (fresh milk consumption) and Heart Burn (Legume consumption).

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