Also allergic to tratrazine and similar.
First discovered this when I was 20-ish (over 60 now, can't remember exact age!), it took a bit of tracking down, but finally found it was tartrazine in soft margarine which had recently been introduced in the UK.
I had bad urticaria and odema, treatment was hystamines and calamine lotion (and bathing in bicarb!).
I avoid E110, E122, E124 whenever I can.
Over the years I have had various 'flare-ups', sometimes from food, but also beware of medications with colour, and also cosmetics.
I have reacted to orange flavour dental polish used by my hygenist, and also mouthwash (CI19140 = E110).
I'm currently in the third day of a reaction which I believe was due to the colouring in pickled ginger in a Wagamama noodle meal. I found that pickled ginger is coloured with either beetroot, or E124.
Currently on Piriton anti-hystamine, starting with Prednisone shortly as this is a BAD attack.
I had one episode a few years ago when I had to take a powerful laxative prior to a colonoscopy, the preservative (sodium benzoate) gave me a very bad attack with swelling in the throat. Wife took me to A&E (ER in US speak!), as soon as I mentioned allergy and breathing at booking in, I was rushed through and given adrenalin, prednisone and anti-hystamines! Fast service!
I just spoke to my doctor and she suggested Aveeno skin cream instead of calamine - will try this soon and feedback.
Itching like mad, red almost all over, very uncomfortable!!!!
Post Edited (Sneezy24) : 6/29/2012 3:39:06 AM (GMT-6)