Possible reaction to Cinnamon

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   Posted 7/22/2015 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I had the worst allergic reaction last night from something I had eaten, and the worst nights sleep ever!! with heartburn, streaming eyes, etc, I think it might have been the cinnamon I put in a rice dish, or Welshs fruit juice (which I made a sorbet from) dunno really, but what a nightmare!! today my stomach is sore and I'm tired...and my face is covered in red blotches, and I have to go out later to see my nutritionist LOL!! I just wanted to share that I guess, maybe someone else has had problems with cinnamon...

For a while I had chronic hives on my forehead, and that was bad, but I figured out what was causing it, it was the figs I was eating, although delicious, they were not organic and were probably soaked in pesticide, I dont know, but since stopping the rash seems to have gone, (until today) just something for other people on here to think about!

I'm seeing an allergist next month, which will be a bit of a relief, as although I keep a food diary, it might just give me some pointers to watch out for....

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   Posted 7/22/2015 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Cinnamon is a common allergen. Even if you haven't had a reaction previously it's possible that was the trigger.

There are so many other possibilities though:
Figs may have been preserved with sulfites, a common allergen.

Cinnamon may have been preserved also.

The fruit juice, may have contained who-knows what. Grape juice is naturally sulfited.

But sulfites may not have had anything to do with your allergy if you haven't had a problem with hives or other reactions, like migraines or gastric reflux.

Good for you for keeping a food diary! It will help the allergist.

Every time you get a reaction look up the name of the foods recently eaten and add the term allergy or sensitivity. If you start seeing a list of foods that give you trouble you can put the group of foods in the box with "food allergies" and hopefully you will find a connection.

Common groups besides sulfites are salicylates and MSG, besides all the usual single foods.

Definitely see the allergist, as there should be a skin test for cinnamon. Some people are allergic to skin contact with it.

Post Edited (Alcie) : 7/23/2015 6:15:33 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 7/23/2015 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Alcie, I have had cinnamon in the past, but as with most of the other allergies that I now have, they have only in the last six months become a problem for me. I really must look more closely into things like sulfites, MSG, and salicylates that's for sure!!

I have had to wait months to get an appointment with my allergist for next month which is for a skin prick test, and for immunotherapy for my perfume allergy (which is still a problem) although better with the homeopathic drops I purchased online. Anyway the rash seems to be going off my forehead which is a relief, although I still have a bit of a nose drip today lol, still it could be worst!! thanks again...
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