What is Salicylate Allergy?

Salicylicates are the chemicals which are found in plants. They are also used as major ingredients in medications, health and beauty products, flavored products and other products which are available in the market. Though it is not possible to completely avoid salicylate, we can limit or avoid some of the salicylate sources and avoid allergies.

Symptoms of Salicylate Allergy:

  • Nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Trouble breathing
  • Sinusitis
  • Stomach pain

In rare cases, salicylate allergy can also lead to anaphylaxis which is a life-threatening allergic reaction which involves dizziness, low blood pressure and breathlessness. In such cases, the patient should be immediately given self-injectable epinephrine to avoid the allergic reaction.

Salicylate Allergy Prevention:

Salicylate is present in aspirin and other medications. It also present naturally in fruits and vegetables, including many products such as food colorings and flavored products. Since it is tough to prevent all salicylate products you can use a diary and write down the foods which cause allergy. This will help you to avoid the foods which trigger allergies.

Sometimes, people tolerate salicylates in small amounts. So, cutting down the quantity of the food product can prevent an allergy. Cooking also can sometimes prevent salicylate allergy.

If you suspect salicylate allergy, do consult an allergist. Your allergist would conduct blood test (RAST) or skin prick test and check if you have salicylate allergy. If you have salicylate allergy, you can take steps to avoid certain salicylate containing foods or can minimize them. Consulting a dietitian would also be a good idea.

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