Researchers warn spice allergies may be on the rise

November 8, 2012 5:00:09 PM PST
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.