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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:54 pm 
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we have had a bit of a tough week, and our sons first taste of licorice didnt go down too well..........

so after a few hosptial visits, and franctic phone calls etc, etc, and a visit to his allergy clinic , we are avoiding , until testing confirms, a food colouring, cumin and liquorice.

so, we have worked out that its linked to legumes, and am assuming that its fairly easy to avoid, but would like to hear from others who have this allergy.


nightmare week is more apt discription.........


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:38 pm 
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Sarah, so sorry to hear of the reaction.

It could be the cumin. There are more reports of that allergy, almost always as part of oral allergy syndrome. Does your son have bad pollen allergies?
See AL's OAS cross-reactors chart: http://allergicliving.com/documents/cross-reactors
And here's a somewhat-related case report: http://bit.ly/9pdm83

I've seen the odd mention of contact dermatitis to licorice root extract. And this is a plant in the pea family, so it would seem possible.
But I don't know about anaphylaxis, and it wouldn't appear common.

In case it helps, I can't eat because licorice usually contains soy to preserve. Also a suspect here?

This is one of those - you can't tell without testing situations.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:31 am 
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soy is ok here.

he does have a high tree pollen allergy, but i think he has eaten cumin before with not problems, this is the first time he has tried licorice .

he is on the mend now, and we have 3 nights of missed sleep to catch up on, and i suppose another adjustment.

we have only just started to get the confidance to try new foods after the last big reaction 18 months ago, and its like a big slap in the face.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:25 pm 
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I react to licorice...used to be a big fan of licorice tea (Yogi brand). My reactions are pretty minor...I remember getting hives and redness on my face. IT would happen every time I would drink the tea. I recall reading that licorice is a legume. Don't know if that would mean that the actual bark would be likely to cross react with other legumes??


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:31 am 
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as it belongs to the legume family, the protiens must be similar, hence the reaction for some.

we are still waiting for comfirmation of the allergy, and spt.

it would be nice to have it confirmed, then we can move on, and be less anxious.


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