Researchers warn spice allergies may be on the rise

November 8, 2012

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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