Allergies

How to Prevent Cinnamon Allergy?

Cinnamon AllergyCinnamon is used as a flavoring agent and a spice in dishes. It is also used as a perfume. Although rare, cinnamon allergy exists. It can result in swelling around the mouth, rashes, and cough etc. People with cinnamon allergy should be careful while eating out. They should also carry a self-injectable epinephrine such as Epi-Pen to prevent the progression of allergic reaction.

Symptoms of Cinnamon Allergy

  • Swelling/redness around the mouth
  • Rashes, itchiness of skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

Some people experience cinnamon allergy after eating food containing cinnamon. Others experience itchiness when they encounter cinnamon candles or cinnamon perfumes.

In rare cases, cinnamon allergy can lead to anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening allergic reaction. Administering epinephrine at the first sign of an allergy can prevent the anaphylactic shock.

Cinnamon-containing products

Cinnamon is used in many products. It is used in:

  • Coffee as a flavoring
  • Toothpaste
  • Dishes
  • Mouthwash
  • Hair scent
  • Perfumed candles

Preventing Cinnamon Allergy

To prevent cinnamon allergy, one has to avoid cinnamon-containing products, especially food products. Here are a few tips to prevent cinnamon allergy:

  • Inquire about the ingredients while eating out
  • Be careful while choosing Asian dishes or dishes filled with spices, as cinnamon is a popular spice
  • Beware of cross-contamination while cooking at home or while eating out
  • Avoid cinnamon perfumed candles especially during the festive season

Cinnamon Allergy Testing

Skin prick test is an allergy test which involves placing a cinnamon extract on the skin and checking for a reaction. This can help you to check if you have allergy to cinnamon. You can also take up blood test (RAST).

Cinnamon allergy can result in dermatitis, rashes and itchy skin. If you experience the above after eating cinnamon-containing food, do consult your doctor. He/she can prescribe you antihistamines or other medications to treat the allergy.

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