Spice Allergy

SpicesAnother food allergy that is less known, and sometimes harder to detect, are spice allergies which occur in up to 2 percent of the population. Those with a greater risk for spice allergies include people with other types of allergies as well as those who work with food, for example, restaurant chefs, home cooks, factory and farm workers, and people who make or use certain cosmetic and home products that contain spices.

A large range of plant derived products are used as spices (dried seeds, fruits, root, bark) and herbs (leaves), often varying widely around the world and are used in various cuisines. Although spices and herbs are usually only added in small quantities to add flavor to foods, this may be sufficient to trigger adverse reactions.

It is possible to perform allergy testing to many spices.

Although spices are typically present in small amounts in a meal, severe and occasionally life threatening allergic reactions can result.

FYI: The most problematic spices for the allergic consumer appear to be celery, garlic, cinnamon, sesame. tumeric, onion, and mustard.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation please feel free to contact us at (212) 260-6078 for Gramercy or (212) 964-1295 for Financial District.

Our experienced allergy providers at Schweiger Dermatology Group provide comprehensive allergy care and can create an effective treatment plan personalized just for you. Schedule an appointment today.

About Schweiger Dermatology Group

Schweiger Dermatology Group was founded to help make excellent dermatology care accessible throughout the Northeast. In 2010, Dr. Eric Schweiger started the practice with a single location in Midtown Manhattan. When he saw the need for high-quality dermatology care that did not require weeks or months of waiting to see a qualified provider, his vision of a multi-location practice was born.

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