Researchers warn spice allergies may be on the rise
November 8, 2012 (WLS) -- The rising popularity of spices in the foods Americans consume might lead to a rise in the number of spice allergies, according to a new study.
Part of the problem is that spices are not just in foods, they are found in cosmetics, fragrances and even toothpastes, a report presented at the meeting of the "American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology" said.
Spice allergies accounts for about 2 percent of all food allergies and are often under diagnosed because of unawareness.
Reactions can range from sneezing to a rash and sometimes even a life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis.
The FDA does not regulate spices so they are often not on labels making them impossible to detect and avoid.
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