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Cumin allergy?

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By Adele on Thu, 03-24-05, 14:57

Hello, I'm wondering if anyone has an allergy to cumin?
If so, what is your reaction?
Adele (PA)

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By kids25 on Mon, 12-26-11, 01:46

I know this is really late to comment.lol. I just found out today that I have an allergy to cumin. I made vegetarian chili for a Chanukah party on Thursday (never made this recipe ever)and one of the ingredients was "cumin". The chili was a hit. It was delicious! The next day I had leftovers and I started to notice after an hour passed my ears were itching severely. Then another hour passed and the back of my neck was itching and my scalp and then I was covered in hives! It was uncontrollable itching. I suffered though it for three days. Then finally my feet were burning from the hives. So enough was enough! Went to the doctor. I lfted my shirt and she said "Oh my G-d!! What did you eat?!" I said I made chili and and I used "cumin" I've never used this spice ever. She said that's exactly what it is. So no more "cumin" for me. I wish this on no one! Hope this helped.

Oh! she gave me steroids that I have to take for 14 days! But it's working!!!

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By cathlina on Sat, 01-21-12, 19:43

It is also a possibility that the cumin was cross contaminated with peanuts during manufacturing. But hope you stay from the cumin. I have heard of other PA people having a reaction to this spice. It is part of the parsley food family.

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By cathlina on Sat, 01-21-12, 19:44

Parsley food family Angelica, Anise, Carrots, Celery, Celeriac, Caraway, Celery Seed, Coriander, Cumin, Dill, Fennel, Parsley, Parsnips, Sweet Cicily, Water Celery.

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By Kurter8 on Mon, 07-23-12, 11:35

Avoid with known allergy or hypersensitivity to cumin (Cuminum cyminum), its constituents, or plants of the Apiaceae family. Skin reactions have been reported. There is potential for cross-sensitivity in people who are allergic to anise, birch, celery, fennel, coriander, or caraway.

Cumin is likely safe when consumed by nonsensitive individuals in amounts found in food.

You should read product labels, and discuss all therapies with a qualified healthcare provider. Natural Standard information does not constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.


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By rachelmn on Wed, 01-30-13, 23:40

I am extremely allergic to cumin, and have made many trips to the ER because I was unaware I'd eaten it. I now avoid anything that lists "spices" in the ingredients and have to play it very safe when eating out, as this particular spice have become very prevalent. My reaction is anaphylactic. My skin gets bright red, hot, itchy, and swollen on my torso, neck, and ears. My palms itch (which is usually the first sign). I get severe abdominal cramps and my blood pressure drops. I have even passed out a few times from these reactions. It is by far the scariest food allergy reaction I have...it surpasses my shellfish allergy in that way. I just want folks to be aware that cumin can cause an intense allergic reaction.

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By Laur123 on Sun, 07-21-13, 15:57

I am allergic as well.. It's actually my only food allergy. I've had it for about 10 years. My reactions have been what Rach described- I've had 5 total, and all a little different. From skin to gi to respiratory...and I carry an epipen at all times, and an allergy card. I avoid labels that simply say "spices" or "natural flavors", unless I call the company. And like was said, I avoid curry, chili powder( has cumin unless straight up chili).

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By diana_SD on Tue, 08-06-13, 03:44

Sorry you all suffer from this, but glad to know I'm not alone. For a long time, the only person with a cumin allergy I could find was fictional: Niles Crane on "Fraser."

I discovered I was allergic to cumin after years of thinking I was particularly sensitive to food poisoning. 18 years ago, after a third time having delicious vegetable masala at a fast food Indian place (duh), I started questioning and comparing ingredients after each episode and narrowed it down to cumin. My symptoms are gastrointestinal and systemic: severe, acute abdominal pain, extreme or explosive diarrhea, sometimes vomiting, weakness to the point of lying on the bathroom floor, hot and cold sweats. In the past, the onset occurred within 15 or 20 minutes of eating. I could even detect minimal amounts (a chef helped me track it down in a "secret" ingredient he used). Over the last few years, it's been a little less quick in onset, and a single wayward bite of something doesn't result in incapacitation.

I love how it makes food taste, but can't identify cumin-tainted food myself. My partner tastes for me. I'm careful, avoid anything with "spices," "natural flavors," curry, and chili powder. Most Mexican food is not okay, including rice, guacamole, and beans, except for California/Baja style. Most Indian food or middle eastern food is a no-no.

However, I went to a Persian restaurant with an employee from the Middle East once and was afraid I could eat only bread. Surprisingly, the owner said, "No cumin in my restaurant!" He was allergic. Some haute cuisine restaurants put cumin in almost every dish, so I have to ask everywhere. I am thinking of making a card up to have waitresses pass to the chef. If they are not sure, I avoid it. I've also learned to say "cumin" in Spanish--comino--and Indian--jeera. Even in English, waitri don't understand unless you pronounce it their way (kew-min, come-in, or coo-min). I love middle Eastern food, so I really miss eating in those restaurants, but I now grind my own chili powder and make my own masala powder, sans cumin. Best wishes for careful eating!

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By Laur123 on Wed, 08-07-13, 04:05

Diana_SD- I would love to hear what city the cumin-free Persian restaurant is in, and the name of it!!! How amazing!

And I, too, feel better knowing that there are others that are dealing with the ridiculousness of the cumin-allergy (not that I'm glad you have it though!).

I'm a mostly vegetarian (who eats some fish), and before the allergy, I ate a diet that mostly consisted of ethnic food (mostly Indian, Mexican, Middle Eastern- yum). In the last 10 years, I've definitely become an Italian-aficionado :(.

And I will say that the allergy card is priceless! Waiters appreciate it as well...

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By CAA on Sat, 11-08-14, 08:24

I thought I was the only one allergic to cumin. Rash that can last 6 months and diarrhea and vomiting. Now they are putting something like it in Natural Rye Flavor. They will not say if it is in it but the reaction is the same. Be careful it is cropping up in very unusual places.

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