We often choose different scents like cinnamon and vanilla to create a festive atmosphere. They are also used to flavor foods and cakes, but seasonal cosmetics with such fragrances, such as hand creams and body lotions, are also popular during this period. Dr. Krisztina Moric however, an allergist, otolaryngologist, chief physician of the Buda Allergy Center warns that popular aromas can even cause an allergic reaction.
Scents, flavors and creams
Whether we use it in a vaporizer to scent the home, apply it to our skin, or consume it in cakes, certain spices can unfortunately cause an allergic reaction. Some people suffer from sneezing and / or coughing fits due to the fragrance, have difficulty breathing, but may even have an asthma attack. THE fragrances in creams can cause redness, rash, itching. When consumed with food, mainly gastric and abdominal complaints may occur in those who are sensitive to it, but in severe cases anaphylaxis may also develop.
Many of the undiagnosed are affected
People who are prone to allergies or have eczema, it is especially important to pay attention to the possible reactions – emphasizes dr. Krisztina Moric. In children with eczema observedthat perubalam, natural and artificial vanilla, caused eczema in 9 of 11 children and Quincke’s edema in one case.
A 2011 article according to the spice allergy affects 4 to 13 out of 10,000 adults, however, the researchers also highlighted that its incidence is certainly significantly underdiagnosed. Recognition of the problem is difficult in many cases, the investigation can be easily misled by, for example, the similarity of the symptoms to other food intolerances and allergies, but reliable tests are also needed to pinpoint the root cause.
These are the causes of most complaints
Of the spices and fragrances, most complaints are caused by garlic, pepper and paprika in addition to cinnamon and vanilla. In the case of an allergy, the symptoms only disappear if the patient avoids the allergen. Do not consume or use allergen-containing cosmetics. The situation is aggravated by the fact that there are no specific regulations requiring manufacturers to indicate spices on the packaging of products.
In addition to foods, fragrances and shower gels, body care products, you should also pay attention to toothpastes and the ingredients of medicinal products. In the case of a spice allergy, in many cases it is the natural ingredients – for example, cinnamon or garlic extract, which is often used due to its anti-inflammatory properties, promotes cardiovascular health.products cause a complaint.
Source: Buda Allergy Center
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