Navigation Links
Sugar 'n' Spice Not Always Nice
Date:11/8/2012

THURSDAY, Nov. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Spice allergy affects up to 3 percent of people and can seriously restrict their everyday activities, an expert says.

Spices are one of the most widely used products and are found in foods, cosmetics and dental products. Because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not regulate spices, they often are not listed on food labels and are therefore difficult to identify and avoid.

Spice allergy is responsible for 2 percent of food allergies, but is under-diagnosed because there are not reliable allergy skin tests or blood tests, according to information presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology in Anaheim, Calif.

"While spice allergy seems to be rare, with the constantly increasing use of spices in the American diet and a variety of cosmetics, we anticipate more and more Americans will develop this allergy," Dr. Sami Bahna, former president of the college, said in a college news release. "Patients with spice allergy often have to go through extreme measures to avoid the allergen. This can lead to strict dietary avoidance, low quality of life and sometimes malnutrition."

In his presentation, Bahna noted that women are more likely to develop a spice allergy because spices are widely used in cosmetics. Makeup, body oils, toothpaste and fragrances can all include one or more spices.

Spice allergy triggers can include cinnamon, garlic, black pepper and vanilla. Some spice blends contain anywhere from three to 18 spices, and the hotter the spice, the greater the risk for an allergy.

"Boiling, roasting, frying and other forms of applying heat to spices may reduce allergy-causing agents, but can also enhance them depending on the spice," Bahna said. "Because of this allergy's complexity, allergists often recommend a treatment plan that includes strict avoidance, which can be a major task."

Spice allergy should be suspected in people who have multiple reactions to unrelated foods or in those who react to commercially prepared foods but not foods made at home, Bahna said. Symptoms of spice allergy range from mild sneezing to a life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis.

Data and conclusions presented at meetings are typically considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has more about food allergy.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, news release, Nov. 8, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Naturopathic care can improve blood sugar, mood in diabetes
2. Diabetes Groups Issue New Guidelines on Blood Sugar
3. Liver fat gets a wake-up call that maintains blood sugar levels
4. Tight Blood-Sugar Control Shows Mixed Results for Health of Kidneys: Study
5. High Blood Sugar May Make Pneumonia Deadlier
6. A Revolutionary Dietary Paradigm: New Cookbook Features A SOS-free (Salt, Oil, Sugar ) Diet That Delivers the Optimal Food Plan for Renewing Health
7. Pictures of Fatty, Sugary Foods May Spur Cravings
8. Newer technology to control blood sugar works better than conventional methods
9. Sugary Drinks Not Replacing Milk as Kids Age: Study
10. High blood sugar, obesity increase risk for surgical site infection
11. Sugary Sports Drinks Plentiful at U.S. Schools: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Sugar 'n' Spice Not Always Nice
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... ... 2017 partnership with The Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin. For the second year ... with Thinksport’s broad-spectrum, mineral-based sunscreen. , “We are thrilled to provide our safe, ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – ... serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives ... Miami Beach to host its Swirl: Miami Wine Tasting Event on March 28, ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... Los Angeles-based weight loss surgeon Michael ... “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” which will begin airing on February 24, 2017. ... to millions from the 2012 reality television series, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” The ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... EBSCO ... the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) framework. The ... National Health Service (NHS) to search, order and purchase medical and healthcare-related content ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... Pink ... publication where generations converge and explore the world from different perspectives. By providing ... enables readers to gain understanding, increase empathy, and find greater happiness. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 23, 2017 Non-alcoholic ... on the various drugs being developed for ... all the drugs that are in various ... The pipeline focuses on novel pharmacologic drugs ... stem cell therapies, recombinant proteins and RNA-based ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... -- Xynomic Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an oncology drug research and ... exclusive worldwide rights to develop, manufacture and commercialize ... hematological and solid tumors. To date ... clinical trials of Abexinostat in US, EU and ... completed, demonstrating that Abexinostat is clinically active in ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... report to their offering. ... The latest research Autism Spectrum Disorder Drugs Price Analysis ... the global Autism Spectrum Disorder market. The research answers the ... drugs marketed for Autism Spectrum Disorder and their clinical attributes? How ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: