Allergy

Updated 23 June 2014

Does it stick in your throat?

Does your throat become scratchy when you have a cold drink? Or your chest become wheezy when you eat dried fruit?

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Does your throat become scratchy when you have a cold drink? Or your chest become wheezy when you eat dried fruit? Sulphur dioxide, sodium benzoate and tartrazine are well-known allergenic culprits that may be to blame for these symptoms.

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Avoid the following foods: fruit juices, and dried fruit, which are treated with sulphur dioxide to prevent oxidation; dried sausage (or "droëwors"), and boerewors, both of which are also preserved with sulphur; beer and wine (always remember that wine barrels are cleaned with sulphur dioxide); pickles and certain sauces; and hamburger patties. Make a point of reading food labels to check for these additives.

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Dr Morris is the Principal Allergist at the Cape Town and Johannesburg Allergy Clinics with postgraduate diplomas in Allergology, Dermatology, Paediatrics and Family Medicine dealing with both adult and childhood allergies.

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