Safety measure for capsaicin allergy

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   Posted 8/4/2015 12:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi! Anyone here who has asthma problems after eating foods with red chili peppers in it? I know I’m not the only one with capsaicin allergy, yet there is not much information on how certain foods can cause inflammation in lungs. 1/10 of a teaspoon of chili pepper sent me into an anaphylactic asthma attack that nearly killed me. What I do now is to avoid eating any chili peppers, but if is not declared as ingredient in food items, that’s when I got the problem. What do you do as safety measure?

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   Posted 8/6/2015 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Gosh, that's difficult, so many times chili pepper wouldn't be declared just included in "spices" or "seasonings".

I would think your best bet would be to simply make all of your own food. If you are out, restrict yourself to food that is in its simplest form, with no seasonings.
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   Posted 8/8/2015 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Grace has it! I have the same problem with sulfites. I've been in the ER too many times.

Is there any medicine you can carry, maybe Benadryl or even an Epi-pen, that will rescue you? I have to carry a heart med, Inderal, for my reaction. I needed it yesterday after eating some Kirkland brand cashews.

There are some websites where you can look up allergen content by chain restaurant. Maybe check the archives. I don't know the sites offhand.
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