Allergy

Question
Posted by: Sam | 2017/11/16

Q.

Am I allergic to paprika?

I suspected I had a night-shade intolerance as I usually get phlegm and start coughing after eating certain nightshades. I noticed that every time I ate a specific burger with paprika spices in it, I immediately had phlegm and coughing afterwards. So I decided I would rather cut out paprika. One day I ate mushrooms with spices on. I had asked the waitress if there was any paprika in it and she said no. After eating it, I immediately had phlegm and started coughing again. This time however, I felt dizzy and my heartbeat was racing as well. My ears both became blocked and I could not hear anything for about 2 hours. I took a Sinutab (this helped clear up the mucus) and after a few hours felt fine, just drained and tired and had an upset stomach. After this experience I have been too afraid to try paprika again and have been avoiding it like the plague. I am scared I might have a worse reaction every time I eat it. What can I do to find out if I am allergic to it? Paprika is supposed to be ground peppers etc., but I can eat peppers without that reaction. Someone mentioned it might be the preservative in the paprika. How can I find out?

Expert's Reply

A.

Allergy expert
- 2017/11/30

There is a RAST blood and skin prick test available for Paprika allergy. You could arrange this with your GP. There are also tests available for Preservative allergies such as Sulphur Dioxide, this is called a CAST test.

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