Are You Allergic to Oat?

Children with sensitive skin or skin allergies may be allergic to oat proteins commonly found in skin products.



Oat is gluten free, however it contains a protein called avenin. Oat allergy and oat sensitivity both trigger an immune system response that lead to the formation of antibodies designed to combat avenin.

Common symptoms of oat allergies include:

blotchy, irritated, itchy skin rash or skin irritation on and in the mouth, scratchy throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, or itchy eyes. Severe cases of oat allergy result in nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

A pediatric dermatology group has found that close to 30% of eczema children ranging from 4 months to 15 years old has oat allergies. Interestingly, none of the parents of these children suspected an oat allergy in their child.

When oatmeal - containing cream was applied repeatedly to children with oat allergy, 28% of the kids developed eczema or experience skin allergic reactions.

Oat allergy is common among children with eczema. Based a study in 2007, a significant percentage of infants and children with atopic dermatitis had allergic skin reactions to products containing oats, such as lotions. The researchers suggest that children younger than two years old should avoid oat-containing skin products.

LEMYKA skincare is completely oat free and is ideal for children with sensitive skin and skin issues such as eczema and common dermatitis. We are highly selective with our ingredients and only use those that are known to be hypoallergenic. LEMYKA products focus on maintaining and restoring healthy skin with our advanced formula. Our products are safe and gentle for the skin and the body.

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