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Living with Cilantro Allergies

Cilantro allergy may cause sinus irritation and if you ate a large quantity of cilantro you might have trouble breathing also. Having a cilantro allergy can be challenging, but can be dealt with. Again, people with cilantro allergies need to be aware of what is in the foods they are eating. Going out to eat may require a phone call ahead of time to discover what foods contain cilantro. Since it is very popular in Mexican, TexMex, Indian and Asian foods, these may be restaurants that need to be avoided.

If you have a cilantro allergies you can learn to control your environment at home to avoid cilantro. Anyone with allergies can expect to be more aware of what they are eating; but, this allergy can be controlled.The real problem is when cilantro turns up in dishes in which it simply doesn’t belong, and the menu fails to mention it.

What Is Cilantro

Cilantro (pronounced sih-LAHN-troh), also known as Chinese or Mexican parsley, is the leaf (and stem) of the coriander plant. Historically, cilantro (coriander) was one of the first cultivated plants grown in North America. Cilantro has a very strong odor and is widely used in Mexican, Caribbean, and Asian cooking. Cilantro leaves look similar to those of Italian parsley, but cilantro has a more rounded blade and contains more and smaller leaflets. It is also mentioned in the Medical Papyrus of Thebes that was written in 1552 B.C. Cilantro itself is the leaf part of the plant known as Coriander. This plant is included in the parsley family. This is a popular additive to many different types of foods, from Mexican, Indian, to Asian and Tex-Mex as mentioned above. Cilantro is ever-present in foods such as salsa and guacamole, and as a garnish in Thai cooking.

Diagnosing Cilantro Allergies

I don’t know how common cilantro allergies are, but a quick Google search indicates that quite a few people have cilantro allergies.

If you discover you have cilantro allergies you may have been surprised to discover that such a small herb can have such a huge impact. People with cilantro allergies have to be vigilant on what is in their food.

Discovering Your Cilantro Allergies Connection

It can be difficult to discover exactly that cilantro is causing your allergic reaction since cilantro is included in so many recipes. Like other food allergy sufferers, people with cilantro allergies have a diverse reaction to this herb. People with cilantro allergies may discover that when they eat this they break out in hives, vomit, and have a tingling of the tongue sensation or stomach cramps and even diarrhea. In the most extreme cases, people with cilantro allergies can experience breathing difficulties, including an asthma attack or even anaphylaxis shock. If this occurs medical intervention is needed immediately and people with cilantro allergies may need an epinephrine shot to reverse the reaction.

When investigating what has caused any type of reaction to a food, a food diary may be the best place to start. Document what has been eaten and the reaction to the food. Getting a clearer picture of what foods seem to bring on food allergy symptoms can begin to narrow the field of possible allergens down. People with cilantro allergies may have a more difficult time with this process, as cilantro is added into so many foods. In the end, people with cilantro allergies may need to see a board certified allergist in order to get a skin-prick test done to really confirm this allergy.

Cilantro Helps Fights Allergies And More

Plants and pollen are sources of allergies for many people. But some plants contain valuable chemicals and compounds that actually fight allergies, such as flavonoids and phenols. One such plant is cilantro or coriander. The leaves and tender stems of the plant are used as a fresh herb, and the seeds, whole or ground, as a dry spice.

Recently, there have been a number of reports that cilantro has been found to possess some positive health benefits. Some independent research indicates that cilantro helps to flush the body of undesirable heavy metal (mercury, aluminum, Guns N’ Roses). And an article just yesterday in the Chicago Sun-Times reports that cilantro has been found to contain dodecenal, a potent antibiotic that is very effective in killing salmonella.



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