The spice cinnamon is used in many dishes all over the globe, not only to bring taste and flavour but also to reap its innumerable health benefits. Unfortunately, some people have acute sensitivity to cinnamon; although the intensity of the allergy can vary from mild to severe but the pain and discomfort is truly intolerable in some cases.
Cinnamon allergy symptoms are difficult to diagnose because you can get allergies from it even by touching, eating or even getting in slightest contact with it. Adults are more likely to get this allergy than babies. However, if a baby has this allergy the situation can be worse as they cannot tolerate the hypersensitivity; therefore be very careful while feeding the first foods to your child. Hives, skin rashes, swelling tongue are the most common cinnamon allergy symptoms amongst babies.
Here is a list of cinnamon allergy symptoms that can show up in adults –
- Reddened eyes with itchy feeling and watering all the time.
- Severe cough and sore throat.
- Stuffy and runny nose and excessive sneezing.
- Red, flushing skin and the feeling of itching all over.
- The skin that has come in contact with cinnamon will swell up, get reddened and intense irritation will occur at the location.
- Stomach ache, nausea, vomiting are also common but it will subside once the cinnamon element is thrown out of your body.
- Tongue and lips swell up.
- You might find difficulty in breathing, asthma like symptoms and wheezing continues
In case of severe cinnamon allergy, you might experience swollen face, skin dermatitis, eczema, extremely painful and itchy rashes and even hives within few hours. Gastrointestinal problems like cramps, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and vomiting are also common which needs immediate medical attention.
Swollen throat will create difficulty in swallowing and you may experience constant coughing. In ultimate severe cases, anaphylactic shock can also occur which is a life-threatening condition. Sudden drop in blood pressure, dizziness and delirium are some symptoms of anaphylaxis.
Treatment of Cinnamon Allergy
Treating cinnamon allergy completely depends on the intensity and severity. If the allergic reaction is mild and limited, usually no treatment is needed. In case of severe cases, follow the rules set below –
This is first act to do if you have cinnamon allergy, avoid all foods that have cinnamon and even don’t touch it with bare hands. Read the labels of foods you buy very carefully, especially when you are buying baby food. While ordering food at a restaurant, make sure that you have asked the waiter if cinnamon is an ingredient. Avoid cinnamon oil as well for cooking or application.
When accidentally the allergy has occurred, immediately take over-the-counter antihistamine.
The common name of this medicine is Benadryl and it does provide immediate relief in case of cinnamon allergy. It show quick results; but if the symptoms are severe, consult a doctor as soon as possible.
Due to severe cinnamon allergy, often anaphylactic reaction can occur when the only treatment option is epinephrine injection. If you know that you have this allergy, always carry the ‘EpiPen Auto Injectors’.
For mild cinnamon allergy symptoms, you can simply wash off the skin area that has swelling and itching with soap and clean water. Then apply hydrocortisone cream to soothe the itching sensation.