A corn allergy means having a physical reaction after consuming corn or its products. Symptoms include hives, nausea, sneezing, asthma, headaches, and anaphylaxis. The main culprit of these symptoms is a protein called zein. Zein is a protein in corn that can trigger an allergic reaction. Corn comes in a variety of forms, which makes corn allergies hard to find without proper knowledge. These forms include oil, flour, and cornstarch. Some refined corn oils may not contain zein and are safe to consume; however, it is important to consult an allergist beforehand and exercise extreme caution. Processed foods also contain corn. Our allergists understand the difficulties faced living with a corn allergy. That is why we have provided a list of products and ingredients that you may need to avoid, as well as a list of corn-free foods that you can enjoy. Let us help you navigate through this difficult allergy with ease. FOODS YOU SHOULD AVOID THAT CONTAIN CORN Alcohol Bacon Certain Soups Cookies Bread Popcorn Grits Pudding Bologna Powdered Sugar Baking mixes Sausage Ale/Beer Ice cream Tortillas Cornflakes Salad Dressing Crackers Gum Preserves Certain Jams Peanut Butter FOODS THAT ARE CORN FREE: Wheat Flour Eggs Wheat-based Pasta Pure All Natural Meats Quinoa Locally Produced Honey Beans Plain Yogurt Chocolate Chips Rice Certain Pancakes 100% Fruit Juice Mixed Nuts 100% Rolled Oats Cocoa Dried Fruit Snacks Unprocessed Cheese Rice Bread Wheat Bread Pitas For more information on corn allergies, contact NY Allergy & Sinus Centers. CONCLUSION: For corn allergy treatment or questions, call the allergists at NY Allergy & Sinus Centers. We have access to the latest testing and treatment, and we offer convenient allergy and sinus clinics throughout Manhattan: Murray Hill, Midtown, Upper West Side, Chelsea, Upper East Side, and in Queens: Glendale and Hollis. We see pediatric and adult patients from all over the New York City metropolitan area. Our physicians want to help! Call 212-686-4448 to book your appointment today.