Is it Possible To Be Allergic to Spices?


Spices are common to add to foods. It may seem impossible for one to be allergic to spices, but since spices come from plants, they have the potential to be allergens. Roughly two to three percent of people have spice allergies. The Food and Drug Administration does not regulate spices, meaning spices may not be listed on food labels. Spice allergies can be triggers by eating, touching, or inhaling spices.

Symptoms of Spice Allergies

  • Diarrhea

  • Nausea

  • Upset Stomach

  • Bloating

  • Hives

  • Swelling of the lips

  • Shortness of breath

  • Anaphylactic shock

Spices that can trigger spice allergies

  • Cinnamon

  • Garlic

  • Black Pepper

  • Vanilla

  • Paprika

  • Cayenne

  • Chili Pepper

  • Nutmeg

  • Ginger

Cooking foods with spices can reduce the symptoms of allergies, but can enhance the potential for reactions. Spices can be found in cosmetics as well; women are more likely to have spice allergies. Testing for spice allergies can be challenging, with no reliable skin or blood tests.

Talk to an allergist if you or someone you love has reactions to spices. Once diagnosed, meet with a dietitian on how to best avoid spices. Making meals at home is more favorable to avoid spices.

Do you know someone who has spice allergies? What other allergies should we write about? Comment below and share your stories with us! Share this blog with someone who wants to learn about spice allergies!

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