Anybody else living with garlic allergy?

Laurie Community Member November 06, 2007
  • About 6 years ago, following a long period of relentless fatigue and gastroenterological problems, I had a RAST allergy test and found I am allergic to garlic, dairy, shrimp, citrus and sugar. Dairy and shrimp are fairly easy foods to avoid, but avoiding garlic is a real challenge.

     

    I read online that an estimated 1 in 1500 Americans is allergic to garlic. If this were true, you'd think there'd be more information out there about this allergen. I certainly don't hear much about it. Considering the symptoms (bloating, gas, cramping, diarrhea, nausea, vomitting, headaches, indigestion, drowsiness), most people probably aren't aware that they suffer from a garlic allergy and just pop some Pepto, which leads me to speculate about some kind of cover-up by the drug industry.

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    Because garlic is not an FDA-recognized allergen, there is no requirement to list garlic as an ingredient in processed foods. "Natural flavoring" often contains garlic, but it can be impossible to verify this with food companies as they either don't know what's in this mysterious blend (usually purchased from a flavoring company), or they claim their special mix of "natural flavoring" is proprietary information and they can't disclose what it contains. I have battled with many food companies over the years and can name the companies (and restaurants) who make it difficult for this information to be known by their consumers.

     

    I avoid almost all processed foods, including ketchup, mayonnaise, sauces (Worcestshire, teriyaki), salad dressing, mustard, canned soups, dried boxed foods, certain vitamins and supplements, processed meats (which I have to avoid anyway because of dairy preservatives), tomato sauce, canned broths, frozen ground meats, microwave popcorn, many brands of chips and snack foods, and frozen meals. Additionally, with the exception of sushi, I don't eat at restaurants.

     

    These measures have made my life very difficult. I have to prepare every meal from scratch at home. It's impossible to feed myself when I'm required to travel for business. I have to constantly think ahead whenever I leave the house: what do I need to eat while I'm out and where am I going to eat it? Needless to say, this allergen has made my life a living hell at times. It rules out the possibility of taking that all-inclusive tour through Morocco, for example, unless I want to exist on protein bars for 2 weeks. I'm constantly having to ask restaurants and hotels to bend over backwards for me. I'm unable to eat out with friends (I'll just watch you all eat), or enjoy the convenience of take-out on a busy night.

     

    Why does it have to be this way? Why do food companies have to put garlic in EVERYTHING?!! I'm very frustrated and looking for solutions to make my life easier. You might advise to just go ahead and eat garlic anyway, but if you've read anything about "leaky gut syndrome," you'll see this is not a healthy option. Is there anybody out there with this problem?

     

    Update 5/11/11:

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    So many people continue to comment on this post, nearly 5 years after I first wrote it. I am still here, and I still have the same allergies and problems. I had a slight reprieve when I was pregnant but now that I have stopped nursing, my allergies are back with a vengeance. I have read each and every comment over the years, and have been touched by how much people want and need a community for this issue. I have even been contacted by food companies who want to help.

     

    This forum is really not set up for discussion and support, so I want to encourage you to find and join the Facebook group Garlic Allergy/Intolerance. Greater communal power will allow us to start petitioning our governments for better allergy bills, like this bill passed in Massachusetts last year. We can also use the group on Facebook to share recipes, list safe and unsafe products, and perhaps even form local groups. I hope to see you over there!

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  • Kathi  MacNaughton
    Health Pro
    Nov. 19, 2014
    What an interesting discussion! I just stumbled on this post & the hundreds of comments in response to it. I will be honest, although I am one of the Health Pros in this Allergy site, my specialty knowledge area is more along the lines of nasal, eye and skin allergies, rather than food allergies and intolerances. I had never heard of garlic allergy. I can see...
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    What an interesting discussion! I just stumbled on this post & the hundreds of comments in response to it. I will be honest, although I am one of the Health Pros in this Allergy site, my specialty knowledge area is more along the lines of nasal, eye and skin allergies, rather than food allergies and intolerances. I had never heard of garlic allergy. I can see how much of a barrier it must be to living life, especially when it comes to prepared foods or eating out. I'd be interested to know where that statistic about 1 in 1500 people having a garlic allergy came from, because I researched this issue briefly and had difficulty finding any authoritative information about garlic allergy or garlic intolerance. I'm not saying your experiences are not valid, just that there isn't a lot of scientific study on this as yet. Here is one literature review I found from Canada: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/pubs/label-etiquet/go-ao/index-eng.php It concludes that garlic/onion allergy is not prevalent enough to be considered a significant threat to health in Canada. So sorry you are all having to deal with this. Hopefully, more study will be done in the future and solutions will be found! To your health, Kathi
  • Elainejsn
    Jul. 14, 2015
    At last people that understand. I heard someone call it a 'garlic hangover' and that just about sums it up. Banging headache and terrible nausea the following day. If I inadvertently eat something with even a minimal amount of garlic, even garlic flavouring and don't realise the ne t day I know as my symptoms kick off. Eating out is a nightmare and the times...
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    At last people that understand. I heard someone call it a 'garlic hangover' and that just about sums it up. Banging headache and terrible nausea the following day. If I inadvertently eat something with even a minimal amount of garlic, even garlic flavouring and don't realise the ne t day I know as my symptoms kick off. Eating out is a nightmare and the times I have been caught out with salad asking for no dressing and finding it hidden at the bottom of the bowl. Why is every restaurant and chef obsessed with garlic? Is the food they prepare that bland? Convenience food is terrible too just about all has garlic powder in. Why does a delicate gush dish need garlic in the sauce? Rocket has a similar effect but not quite so harsh although the taste stays for days
  • SBK
    SBK
    Jul. 05, 2015
    I am so happy to have found this post as many of you have commented on; when I tell friends I have an intolerance to garlic they look at me like I am crazy as they have never heard of such a thing, BUT like many of you when I eat it I am in bed dying in pain :( Not quite sure that you have this in the US (I am in Canada) but there is an enzyme pill (over the...
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    I am so happy to have found this post as many of you have commented on; when I tell friends I have an intolerance to garlic they look at me like I am crazy as they have never heard of such a thing, BUT like many of you when I eat it I am in bed dying in pain :( Not quite sure that you have this in the US (I am in Canada) but there is an enzyme pill (over the counter) called Beeno, I find this helps when you are gonig to ingest a small amount of garlic (you have to take it before you eat it) but if someone cooks with fresh garlic and alot (alot=1 clove for a serving of 4) it doesn't do much. I also find if its fresh (cold as in salads) vs cooked the reaction is more severe. Hope this helps some people relief their symptons but still be able to consume garlic in small doses.
  • Alf
    Alf
    May. 06, 2015
    I too was allergic to garlic at one point, even the caramel coloring in coke would make me feel bad, for it has traces of garlic in it. Then I went to a Doctor who does Nutrition Response Testing. He immediately saw the problem, and said it was a bacteria in my body that was fighting against the garlic. So he gave me supplements to kill the bacteria and in...
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    I too was allergic to garlic at one point, even the caramel coloring in coke would make me feel bad, for it has traces of garlic in it. Then I went to a Doctor who does Nutrition Response Testing. He immediately saw the problem, and said it was a bacteria in my body that was fighting against the garlic. So he gave me supplements to kill the bacteria and in about 2-3 weeks I was able to have garlic again with no problem at all.
    • jjb.26
      May. 12, 2015
      I was interested to read that a lady on this site had been given some tablets to kill the bacteria that was effecting her eating Garlic I suffer the same when eating Garlic I've had a blood test and they found no problem. But it continues when eating out there seems to be nothing that Garlic isn't added So these tablets sound great what was the name of them...
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      I was interested to read that a lady on this site had been given some tablets to kill the bacteria that was effecting her eating Garlic I suffer the same when eating Garlic I've had a blood test and they found no problem. But it continues when eating out there seems to be nothing that Garlic isn't added So these tablets sound great what was the name of them so I can ask my doctor hopefully this lady will repost the item please from Jackie
    • jjb.26
      May. 12, 2015
      So Sorry Alf I thought I had read you was a lady my Apologies Alf Jackie
    • Alf
      Alf
      May. 12, 2015
      Hey Jackie, sorry to hear that your going through the garlic allergy. I have found that only a doctor that practices Nutrition Response Testing can safely tell you which bacteria you may have, which supplement you need, and how much you need of it.
    • aethomasthomas
      Aug. 07, 2015
      I am allergic to garlic. HAVE BEEN FO 30 YEARS. Will try "perfect biotics"
  • Oldtimer79!
    Apr. 30, 2015
    I can't tell you how glad I am to have found this site! I have been allergic or whatever to garlic since I was in my twenties. I have to read everything that is listed on any processed food I buy. When I go into an eating establishment I have to ask for special help with the menu. Since when has garlic been put into almost everything? When I tell people I...
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    I can't tell you how glad I am to have found this site! I have been allergic or whatever to garlic since I was in my twenties. I have to read everything that is listed on any processed food I buy. When I go into an eating establishment I have to ask for special help with the menu. Since when has garlic been put into almost everything? When I tell people I have this problem with garlic they look at me as if I have two heads. It's nice to know that I am not the only person with this problem. Thanks for your support. It means a lot.
  • iskra
    Apr. 15, 2015
    It's sad to read about allergies and intolerance to some ingredients of processed food like Garlic. It's sad to know there are people like me suffering. But I always say everything has solutions. It doesn't matter if requires some effort and sacrifice to obtain good benefits like long life and healthy body. I believe garlic is poison and my family does not...
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    It's sad to read about allergies and intolerance to some ingredients of processed food like Garlic. It's sad to know there are people like me suffering. But I always say everything has solutions. It doesn't matter if requires some effort and sacrifice to obtain good benefits like long life and healthy body. I believe garlic is poison and my family does not believe me. I can not go to eat outside but I had the opportunities to invite my close friends to teach them and show them another good alternatives to eat homemade food. I learnt many things about cooking and I thank God to give me the chance to prepare healthy meals including breads. It is time to take care ourselves and grow in many ways. Thanks for sharing comments and the idea to share food lists and recipes. Now I know I am not crazy or along in this battle.
  • doxiemomma58
    Mar. 23, 2015
    I too have a huge sensitivity to garlic and it has gotten worse just in the last yr. For yrs. I just thought that I had overeaten, but have come to realize that I only felt discomfort after meals at restaurants, as I do not cook with garlic at home. When cooking at home I could eat and no upsets. I always disliked the smell and taste of garlic, but have come...
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    I too have a huge sensitivity to garlic and it has gotten worse just in the last yr. For yrs. I just thought that I had overeaten, but have come to realize that I only felt discomfort after meals at restaurants, as I do not cook with garlic at home. When cooking at home I could eat and no upsets. I always disliked the smell and taste of garlic, but have come to realize that it was the culprit in ruining so many delicious meals eaten in some really awesome restaurants. I take Omeprazole for acid reflux, but that doesn't seem to have any effect when I know that I have eaten garlic at a restaurant. I have started being forceful at restaurants lately about not using garlic in my food because I am tired of feeling awful after eating. It's almost impossible to eat anything at any restaurant. It's actually ridiculous how much garlic is used in the culinary world. Most chefs just go way overboard in using it!!! Does anyone have a preventative that works before you eat to prevent the after-effects of eating garlic or do you just have to totally eliminate it from your diet (as I have been doing lately)? Appreciate any help!! :)
    • SBK
      SBK
      Jul. 05, 2015
      Hi There, I found that taking Beeno before you eat it helps a bit if you have a little, if alot of fresh garlic is used it doesn't help at all unfortunately :(
  • Joanbrowncoupons
    Dec. 23, 2014
    i just found out my baby 15 mo is allergic to garlic. I am just so disgusted in these allergies. He also has allergy to egg and wheat. What is going on? Anyone have any good articles to this subject?
    • Kathi  MacNaughton
      Health Pro
      Jan. 07, 2015
      If you use the search bar above, you should be able to find quite a few great articles here on this site about food allergies.
  • wkheinclayalum89
    Dec. 12, 2014
    Is there anyway we can petition the FDA to get them to list Onions, garlic, and anything in that family of allergens?
    • Kathi  MacNaughton
      Health Pro
      Jan. 07, 2015
      You might try emailing them through their website. I'm pretty sure they have a place to do that. Worth a try. Good luck! Kathi
  • liz-wetmore
    Nov. 30, 2014
    I have ulcerative colitis so doctors blame every symptom on that. I realized about 7 years ago how sick I would get after eating garlic. So I put two and two together and realized I had an intolerance to garlic. Though no matter how hard you try you in evidently eat something that you thought was fine and end up sick for days. I end up feeling awful for a minimum...
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    I have ulcerative colitis so doctors blame every symptom on that. I realized about 7 years ago how sick I would get after eating garlic. So I put two and two together and realized I had an intolerance to garlic. Though no matter how hard you try you in evidently eat something that you thought was fine and end up sick for days. I end up feeling awful for a minimum of 7 days. Wish we could stop having all food in Resturants prepared with garlic, so upsetting.
    • Kathi  MacNaughton
      Health Pro
      Dec. 01, 2014
      I can only imagine how frustrating it must be for all of you. Garlic is such a common seasoning!
    • ptemple46
      Jan. 15, 2015
      I heartily agree and have the same issues. Just came from a popular restaurant with a huge menu and they thought they could "make" 2 things without garlic. Travelling is difficult. I too have a reaction that lasts at least a day and the amount can be oh so small. I have IBS and garlic is definitely a trigger food. All strong veggies plus lactose are also problems...
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      I heartily agree and have the same issues. Just came from a popular restaurant with a huge menu and they thought they could "make" 2 things without garlic. Travelling is difficult. I too have a reaction that lasts at least a day and the amount can be oh so small. I have IBS and garlic is definitely a trigger food. All strong veggies plus lactose are also problems so what you can eat is sooo limited. I read labels faithfully and am frustrated that what seems to be a sake food....ends up a problem the next time I shop. I have found that any food that is lower calorie or fat, adds garlic to give it taste! Off brands have a better chance to be garlic free but we still cannot always trust the label. Frustrating..... but you are not alone!
    • rnkris
      Mar. 05, 2015
      I have Crohns Disease and realized a few years ago that eating garlic makes me sick. I wouldn't call it an allergy, but more of an intolerance. I have no nasal, skin or respiratory symptoms. But a few minutes to an hour after eating it, I get a stomach ache, nausea and get a horrible taste in my mouth that only exacerbates the nausea. I end up not being able...
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      I have Crohns Disease and realized a few years ago that eating garlic makes me sick. I wouldn't call it an allergy, but more of an intolerance. I have no nasal, skin or respiratory symptoms. But a few minutes to an hour after eating it, I get a stomach ache, nausea and get a horrible taste in my mouth that only exacerbates the nausea. I end up not being able to sleep because I'm so miserable, and I have found NOTHING helps. I hate it! Glad I'm not the only one...I thought I was going crazy.
  • yeltu88
    Nov. 29, 2014
    Ugh....as if my gluten issues were not enough, I just learned that I have a garlic allergy! I didn't even know you could be allergic to garlic. It makes sense now....as I could not figure out why I didn't feel good after eating a completely safe gluten free meal. It was the GARLIC!! I love garlic. This is a total bummer. I thought eating out was hard before.....every...
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    Ugh....as if my gluten issues were not enough, I just learned that I have a garlic allergy! I didn't even know you could be allergic to garlic. It makes sense now....as I could not figure out why I didn't feel good after eating a completely safe gluten free meal. It was the GARLIC!! I love garlic. This is a total bummer. I thought eating out was hard before.....every restaurant that I had gluten free safe meals adds garlic. This is really gonna make travel even harder for me. In addition to garlic, I have learned that I cannot have almonds, milk, cheese, yogurt and eggs. I'm at a loss.
    • Kathi  MacNaughton
      Health Pro
      Dec. 01, 2014
      These are some major food challenges, for sure. Sounds as though you may need to prepare your own food as much as possible, and then make very detailed special requests when you eat out. Please let us know if you find any better solutions, as time goes on...
  • Frank
    Nov. 17, 2014
    Usually the restaurants will be glad to accommodate you. However, many times I have had 2 desserts instead. But it is true every dish in every eaters has garlic added. They can use cheaper ingredients and nobody will know. Pepsid has some ingredient in it that softens the reaction. Take before going out to eat. Not an answer but helps. I am very allergic to...
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    Usually the restaurants will be glad to accommodate you. However, many times I have had 2 desserts instead. But it is true every dish in every eaters has garlic added. They can use cheaper ingredients and nobody will know. Pepsid has some ingredient in it that softens the reaction. Take before going out to eat. Not an answer but helps. I am very allergic to Sulfa in any form and garlic and leeks fit my bill.
  • marcy
    Sep. 12, 2014

    Hello, I don't have a true Garlic allergy but am very sensitive to FODMAPS. Galic and onion are the hardest to avoid! Does anyone have any menu selections that work for eating out at chain resturants such as Ruby Tiesday or olive garden. I also can't eat gluten. Thanks!

  • Carol Russell
    Sep. 07, 2014
    I have been having acid reflux for years. Couldn't figure out what the cause was. Doctors put me on Prilosec which I had been taking for years. I decided that I wanted to come off the Prilosec. I stopped using black pepper and made some plain broth with lots of garlic. After digesting the soup my entire stomach burned like I had eaten ten jalapeños. After...
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    I have been having acid reflux for years. Couldn't figure out what the cause was. Doctors put me on Prilosec which I had been taking for years. I decided that I wanted to come off the Prilosec. I stopped using black pepper and made some plain broth with lots of garlic. After digesting the soup my entire stomach burned like I had eaten ten jalapeños. After wondering why this was happening, I figured that the only cause could have been the garlic. I then ingested other foods without garlic and the terrible burning was not there. I decided to try the broth again and the same thing happened again. No more garlic for me. Thanks for all the comments. It has surely opened my eyes to garlic intolerance. Lyns Daughter, New York 9/7/2014
  • adamisanameihave
    Apr. 12, 2014

    Hello! It's great to read all of the comments on here because it was enough to give my stubborness a kick and quit eating garlic. I feel that I should share my story.

     

    My grandfather was diagnosed with hereditary coproporphyria for elevated levels of coproporphyrins in his blood that made his piss red while he was in a coma having allergic reactions to...

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    Hello! It's great to read all of the comments on here because it was enough to give my stubborness a kick and quit eating garlic. I feel that I should share my story.

     

    My grandfather was diagnosed with hereditary coproporphyria for elevated levels of coproporphyrins in his blood that made his piss red while he was in a coma having allergic reactions to the anesthetics used during a surgery. An easy free way to test for this is to place urine in the sunlight and watch for any changes but I doubt that if you have it that it will change color. I DO NOT RECOMMEND SPENDING ANY MONEY TO BEGIN THESE TESTS FOR THIS DISEASE. Its expensive. It is just something to be aware of if your urine turns darker (especially when placed in the sunlight).

     

    Anyways, when I started to eat more garlic I began having acute attacks and had more than twice the amount of coproporphyrins in my urine than what is found in the average person's urine. Not sure if there is a connection but I was having my attacks when I changed my diet to Indian food and increased my garlic intake. I was having heartburn that made me feel like I was dying, siezure-like feeling always present, it hurt to be touched on the chest, and even hallucinations occured so I ended up feeling the need to cover up all symbols, letters, etc. so that I could sleep. My Father also has had fits of shuddering in bed for a few days for no apparent reason but never was tested for this.

     

    If I place garlic on my lip, I instantly get a canker sore. If I have just a little bit its not bad but my cheeks become a 'mold' to my teeth. If I continue eating (which I sometimes do because I love it . .. lol) than I will have killer heartburn that makes my heart beat incredibly fast, stomach pains, and eventually hallucinations.

     

    I just wanted to give a heads up incase anyone cares to place their urine in the sun. If it becomes darker than ask your doctor. It is extremely rare though and only a specialist would know, so DO NOT ASK A REGULAR DOCTOR... only a hemetologist. Sweden is the best place for this. Normal doctors may mistreat because it is so rare. Do not take mental health drugs for this.... they seriously messed me up because I went to a regular doctor.. just quit garlic!! It's in everything so it is hard though. It is even more difficult if you are vegetarian.

     

    I find that tibetan restaurants or authentic mexican restaurants are the best. Vietnamese, etc. may have dishes that use lemongrass instead of garlic. Look for a lotus flower in front of the restaurant. It means that there is no garlic if you find one.

     

    Thank you for your comments. I have blond hair, blue eyes, and hate the sun by the way. I have avoided it my entire life but started having attacks in my 30s. I get plenty of vitamin D, etc... just prefer the cold.. I noticed most people at specialist doctor had the same features. Kind of funny. Its a good thing that people no longer burn people for this kind of thing in fear of the plague.

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    sam
    Mar. 31, 2014

    After waking up feeling really groggy, tired & bloating & a few other symptoms I thought I would do a search on garlic intolerances after having eaten quite a lot of garlic & herb cheese spread last night & am convinced now I have a intolerance to garlic & reading the comments even more so & think I agree with a lot of the comments made,...

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    After waking up feeling really groggy, tired & bloating & a few other symptoms I thought I would do a search on garlic intolerances after having eaten quite a lot of garlic & herb cheese spread last night & am convinced now I have a intolerance to garlic & reading the comments even more so & think I agree with a lot of the comments made, I can't see how garlic can help so many things as it does seem like a poison to me. Sam x

     

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    L
    Mar. 13, 2014

    Google "garlic is poison".  I think that all animals shun it - except humans!  Onions too.

  • canleb
    Mar. 10, 2014

    I am deathly allergic to onions garlic shallots chives

  • Anonymous
    Lisa
    Jan. 18, 2014

    Luckily I'm not allergic to dairy or any of the other products but as far as garlic (and onion) is concerned, Laurie's article could've been written by me, word for word. Business travels, lunch meetings, holidays or dinner dates come with a truck load of anxiety. I can't remember that last time that I was able to simply look forward to these kind of events....

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    Luckily I'm not allergic to dairy or any of the other products but as far as garlic (and onion) is concerned, Laurie's article could've been written by me, word for word. Business travels, lunch meetings, holidays or dinner dates come with a truck load of anxiety. I can't remember that last time that I was able to simply look forward to these kind of events. But it's nice to know that I'm not alone with this allergy - thanks for this article!

  • Anonymous
    allergy to garlic
    Dec. 13, 2013

    I was around 10 when I figured out I was allergic to garlic. I had stopped/refused to eat my moms spaghetti sauce becuase my tongue would feel weird. As I started to protest more and more for various foods my mom slowly figured out that I had an allergy to either onions or garlic.

     

    Turns out onions give me a headache and what feels like a cold for...

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    I was around 10 when I figured out I was allergic to garlic. I had stopped/refused to eat my moms spaghetti sauce becuase my tongue would feel weird. As I started to protest more and more for various foods my mom slowly figured out that I had an allergy to either onions or garlic.

     

    Turns out onions give me a headache and what feels like a cold for a few days but my garlic allergy is far worse. I used to just get the headaches, nausea, sleepiness, itchy tongue and what felt like a cold. Now, the smell of garlic is enough to set me off. Depending on how potent the smell is my tongue swells, and it feels like my throat is swollen but i can still breathe. I get a rash on my chest and eventually get the original symptoms.

     

    Yet I still manage to eat things like ceaser salad so long as their is no extra garlic, and occasionally garlic powder if its applied to things in a small amount. The only reaction i get from this is a headache and upset stomach. 

     

    They say this allergy is not very common but clearly many of us have expeirenced the hardships this allergy causes.

  • Anonymous
    lyndainrva
    Nov. 09, 2013

    I am very allergic to garlic. I love garlic and people think I just don't like it, but my throat closes up. I used to say I could have some without a reaction, but the more you are exposed to it the worse the reaction gets.

     

    I have learned to avoid Italian restaurants and cook Italian at home where it is safe. The problem is so many chefs use garlic,...

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    I am very allergic to garlic. I love garlic and people think I just don't like it, but my throat closes up. I used to say I could have some without a reaction, but the more you are exposed to it the worse the reaction gets.

     

    I have learned to avoid Italian restaurants and cook Italian at home where it is safe. The problem is so many chefs use garlic, and some are more heavy handed with it. Just this morning at breakfast I was served breakfast potatoes that had garlic; very frustrating. I walked into a restaurant lately that was not Italian, and the garlic smell was so overwhelming that I had an immediate reaction and had to leave.

     

     

     

    • Ldima
      Oct. 17, 2014
      I am so glad to hear there I am not the only one! I am Italian and have eaten garlic all my life. For years I always felt lack of energ and battled acid reflux for a while. I guess I was probably intolerant for many years and didn't realize it. Last year I ended up in the emergency room twice after I are something and still had to figure out what it was I are...
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      I am so glad to hear there I am not the only one! I am Italian and have eaten garlic all my life. For years I always felt lack of energ and battled acid reflux for a while. I guess I was probably intolerant for many years and didn't realize it. Last year I ended up in the emergency room twice after I are something and still had to figure out what it was I are that triggered the dizziness, dehydration, gasping for air. I put myself on an allergic elimination diet and found out i was extremely allergic to garlic and sesame. Today my allergy to garlic is worse as not only do I have to avoid eating it but even being in bc place that is cooking with garlic I start feeling I'll shortly after with my heart racing, breathing problems etc... I'm always reading eating out now
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    Martha
    Oct. 12, 2013
    Yes garlic really does not like me so I have to read ingredients for EVERYTHING I buy. And what do you know it is in EVERYTHING!!!! I had to be rushed to ER with life threatening problems and that's how I found out I was allergic to garlic. Someone very close to me made dinner for me unknowingly that I was allergic, he added THREE cloves of garlic to some beans....
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    Yes garlic really does not like me so I have to read ingredients for EVERYTHING I buy. And what do you know it is in EVERYTHING!!!! I had to be rushed to ER with life threatening problems and that's how I found out I was allergic to garlic. Someone very close to me made dinner for me unknowingly that I was allergic, he added THREE cloves of garlic to some beans. Needless to say he has not cooked anything for me since and that was years ago, he felt like he almost killed me. Some one please listen to the cries of your consumers "garlic does not have to be in EVERYTHING"
    • Frank
      Oct. 29, 2013

      some people think it funny to add the garlic.  I became allergic when I reacted to Sulfa drugs.  I fall asleep quickly if my bread absorbed the fumes in an oven.  But I found good resturants will go out of their way to accommodate you, and please avoid, completely, those that cannot be bothered.  Look for cookbooks from 1890 to 1920 and...

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      some people think it funny to add the garlic.  I became allergic when I reacted to Sulfa drugs.  I fall asleep quickly if my bread absorbed the fumes in an oven.  But I found good resturants will go out of their way to accommodate you, and please avoid, completely, those that cannot be bothered.  Look for cookbooks from 1890 to 1920 and you will not see garlic used at all, and just wonderful flavors.  Enjoy, Frank

  • Anonymous
    Ted H.
    Mar. 03, 2013

    Why are peanuts recognized as an allergin and not garlic when more people suffer from garlic allergies that peanut sufferers?

  • Penguin
    Jan. 27, 2013

    Giid to read, that Im not the only one with garlic allergie. (Actually I know a dozen people with the same problem, but variations of symptoms. Up to the age of 30 years, I did nt even know I was alergic to garlic. Then the symptoms got worrse and worse, even forcing me into hospital, where I was treated with general anti-dots, but without discovering the real...

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    Giid to read, that Im not the only one with garlic allergie. (Actually I know a dozen people with the same problem, but variations of symptoms. Up to the age of 30 years, I did nt even know I was alergic to garlic. Then the symptoms got worrse and worse, even forcing me into hospital, where I was treated with general anti-dots, but without discovering the real cause. I stopped eating almost anything. living on plain white rice. rare vegetables and fruits and noodles without any aditionals. Lucky accident: A Spanish-Trinidadian Doctor told me instantly, when I mentioned the symptoms: Boy, thats GARLIC you cant eat. In northern Spain are areas where 20 % of the population is allergic to garlic, with more or less your symptoms. The trouble is: Many people take it as a joke, or blame it on imagination, and play tricks, by smuggling garlic into heavy spiced gravies and sauces. With the result sending me to hospital, standing three days of horrible pains, and colics, sometimes leading to ruptured indestines (FOUR times I had to undergo heavy surgery, including one coma for 4 days) A Spanish friend of mine with the same allergie, died last year at the age of 29, when she was delivered to hospital allready unconscious and unable to explain her problem. All I can do is avoid to eat in any place where the people, doing the cooking, react with intolerance and prejudice. Only one time in my live I beat a woman: That was the one who had send me into coma for four days, laughing into my face, saying: hehehe, nice trick I played on your pretensiveness - the moment I was finally able to leave hospital after three weeks. Learn to cook yourself and avoid ready made food, because it mostly contains so called Spice-combinations including garlic powder, which is not mentioned separately.

    • Eatough
      Feb. 05, 2013

      I am an allergy sufferer too - onion and garlic Yell - particularly dried affects, but can eat fresh and cooked onion. 

      As you can probably guess it's 3am and I ate something with garlic or onion, so I am up burping and my head spinning and surfing online searching for others suffering again! Frown

      The allergy has really impacted my life. 

      We really...

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      I am an allergy sufferer too - onion and garlic Yell - particularly dried affects, but can eat fresh and cooked onion. 

      As you can probably guess it's 3am and I ate something with garlic or onion, so I am up burping and my head spinning and surfing online searching for others suffering again! Frown

      The allergy has really impacted my life. 

      We really need FDA to recognize the allergies and have labels better defined.

      Looking back I wouldn't be surprised if I wasn't considered ADHD with the affect, regular home cooking and no doubt school canteen food had on me. If stress wasn't enough at exam time, eating the wrong foods would make me toxic, and add hay fever allergy in the summer too was all hell.

      I always thought there was just something wrong with my stomach.

      Being an accountant I suffered through exams and eventually packed it in, but picked up studying later in life.

      How many people with a garlic allergy are constantly being diagnosed with some indigestion and given expensive prescriptions, and taking over the counter useless stomach medicines.

      I also cannot eat processed foods, seasonings, preservatives or flavorings, hydrogenated oils and some dried peppers.

      So most mass manufactured foods off the shelf are off limits. But these generally are not healthy anyway. 

      After consuming garlic and dried onion I get sick within 30 mins for up to 3 days with all the symptoms and especially toxic gas, bloating, nausea, fatigue, sinus issues, loss of concentration, dizziness, can't sleep, and nightmares - all from the age of 4 or 5.

      I did not relate the illness to onion or garlic until my 30's. Mainly because I love the flavor and because they are so hidden in so many foods. I thought it was many other foods I could not eat.

      I thought I could not eat eggs and bacon, because I always had ketchup, and burgers and ground beef because of ketchup and mayonnaise, and pasta sauces. Also pizza. But eliminating the ingredients containing the culprits opened up a wide range of foods I thought off limits. I just cook whatever I want now without garlic and dried onion.

      I avoid all garlic and onion when possible - but always find restaurants do not know the full ingredients of all sauces, rubs, seasonings, "spices," "flavorings" and "preservatives" often being the culprit and consequently OK menu items incorrectly. I am very firm and descriptive of possible food containing the allergens. Some servers, managers and chefs don't really know what is in their food and some don't understand or care - but others totally go out of the way to accommodate you and try to dissect every menu item so you can eat without getting sick. Some have told me everything they have on the menu has garlic and dried onion in their food - eliminating me and my friends from eating there Wink

      I cook a majority of my own food and cook healthy whole foods and recipes that are easy to digest. Cooking yourself is the only way to stop intake - reading every label and ingredient - no spices, flavorings, caramel color etc. Then you can cook whatever you want and why not eat healthy... garlic and onions are not needed for flavor.

      I eat a lot of vegetables, meats and fish, and root veggies and grains. Veggies help with enzymes and flavoring food with herbs and spices which can be great for general health and digestion.

      Root veggies, like potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, turnips, parsnips, winter squashes, and grains like quinoa, amaranth and brown rice. I read world recipe books for ideas for flavors.

      Whole wheat or rice pastas to make Italian, stir fry recipes for Asian, curries for Indian and Thai, using only those spices I feel my digestion can handle at that time. Moroccan and Middle Eastern food etc. to keep interesting flavored foods and meals.

      I have read a lot about Ayurveda which is the East Indian philosophy of health and life. It is great for food types for the body type and what you feed yourself for health and emotion. Exercise with yoga, and even breathing and preparation for eating, and meditation and spiritual awareness. 

      For supplements I take enzymes which help a lot especially with food type combining - Garden of Life - a capsule, I find the best, and their Probiotics, Fish Oil and Vitamin Code Vitamins.

      I drink only hot water, because iced water puts out the digestive "fire" and warm or hot water keeps it going.

      I eat certain spices and herbs on or cooked in my food that aid digestion.

      Herbal teas are great such as a "relax and digest" blend. Chamomile is great.

      I keep a prescription of Ativan (Lorazepam) at hand for the nausea which can calm me and help sleep. 

      To help digestion chew food well and eat slowly.

      Eat in a calm relaxed environment.

      Eat more natural foods.

      Drink plenty of liquid - soups or watery foods or hot water or green or herbal tea with your food.

      Walk after your meal - no heavy exercise.

      To help once you are sick:

      Gas-X or Target brand gas Simethecone help with the gas and bloating.

      Melatonin and Tryptophan capsules with sleep.

      I avoid milk, which helps with sinus issues (and seems to stop a once in a while foul smelling sneeze! Embarassed and I reduce sugar intake for health and stomach and skin issues - itchy allergic.

      Another thing I find really helps when you get sick is eating! Yes! Why not! More food just pushes the allergy food through faster. ;) Certain types of food can help more.

      Well, I’ve exhausted myself of the subject for now, and am going to try and sleep.

      Good luck to all you fellow sufferers! Laughing

       

    • Eatough
      Feb. 05, 2013

      Sorry that wasn't a specific reply to you, but just a post on the topic and I don't know how to correct it now.

    • BJ the DJ
      Feb. 07, 2013

      You are not Alone!!!!Wink

       

       

  • Shirley
    Jan. 15, 2013

    I'm 62 and just discovered I have a garlic allergy.  For many years I struggled until my job was in jeopardy and finally spent some serious money to find the cause.  Fortunately I didn't eat a lot of garlic but in trying to cut  back on salt increased the garlic in my food.  I have found tomato puree (some brands) I can eat.  When I...

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    I'm 62 and just discovered I have a garlic allergy.  For many years I struggled until my job was in jeopardy and finally spent some serious money to find the cause.  Fortunately I didn't eat a lot of garlic but in trying to cut  back on salt increased the garlic in my food.  I have found tomato puree (some brands) I can eat.  When I eat out I order breakfast and when I eat fast food I go to Wendys.  They have Heinz mayonnaise packets that I use on my sandwich.  I found that the Heinz mayonnaise is ok for me.  Walmart also has the packets in their deli where I live.  Annies ketsup does not have garlic in it either.  Many places don't know but some waitresses are willing to look.  We cook spaghetti with tomato juice and I use basil as a flavor.  Make roast with more salt, pepper, oregano, basil and onion.  I don't miss the garlic but hope to find a way to make sauce so I can have pizza again.  There a more people out here who are allergic to garlic than the companies want to admit. 

     

  • Cyndi k
    Nov. 21, 2012
    I agree, the world doesn't really understand garlic allergies as they do peanut and other common allergies. We found out my 1 year old son was allergic to garlic and it was very scary. We fed him Gerbers snacks that had a flavoring to them, within 10 minutes he started coughing and began to get a rash. We rushed him to the hospital less than 1 mile away and...
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    I agree, the world doesn't really understand garlic allergies as they do peanut and other common allergies. We found out my 1 year old son was allergic to garlic and it was very scary. We fed him Gerbers snacks that had a flavoring to them, within 10 minutes he started coughing and began to get a rash. We rushed him to the hospital less than 1 mile away and in that short period of time his head swelled, throat swelled and he couldn't even breath. When we took him to the allergist, they dissected the ingredients and narrowed it down to garlic. The allergist, being a specialist for 30 years stated that it was only the second case he had ever seen. My son is now three, and we have learned to live with it. When we go to restaurants we always ask for the chef, as usually the wait staff don't really understand the severity. Unfortunately, he and his twin sister don't get to experiment much with foods and their food is pretty basic ( as my son is also allergic to eggs and peanuts) mostly baked chicken, fish and vegetables. On the other hand, they have a really healthy diet and we have made it a game teaching them what to say when they order!
  • Anonymous
    B
    Nov. 11, 2012

    I found out about my garlic and dairy intolerance about a year and a half ago and I have been having trouble finding a vegan cheese that also does not include garlic.  I know that companies can put garlic in things and in the ingredients it only says "natural flavors" or "spices," so I was wondering if there is any vegan cheese that anyone has found does...

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    I found out about my garlic and dairy intolerance about a year and a half ago and I have been having trouble finding a vegan cheese that also does not include garlic.  I know that companies can put garlic in things and in the ingredients it only says "natural flavors" or "spices," so I was wondering if there is any vegan cheese that anyone has found does not have any of these things in the ingredients.  Thanks.

  • Anonymous
    Icognita
    Nov. 02, 2012

    I have been dealing with a garlic allergy among many others for 12 years. I'm fairly good at managing it now - even when dining out.  It's easier when I return to the same restaurants where I am a regular and know the menu well.  There are generally at least one or two items I can safely consume - and it makes meal decisions a lot easier. 
    Something...

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    I have been dealing with a garlic allergy among many others for 12 years. I'm fairly good at managing it now - even when dining out.  It's easier when I return to the same restaurants where I am a regular and know the menu well.  There are generally at least one or two items I can safely consume - and it makes meal decisions a lot easier. 
    Something interesting...currently in Boston, some medical professionals are finding evidence of and continuing research regarding the link between Vitamin D deficiency and allergies.  I discovered that I had a severe Vitamin D deficiency several years ago and have had to take high dose Vitamin D since - 100,000 iu per week.  My health is rescued and my allergies symptoms have lessened, although they are still present.  Doctors told me that my Vitamin D deficiency probably took about ten years to develop and it was in that time frame that I began having severe food allergies.  Avoidance is the only way to survive. Good luck to everyone!!!!  

  • Cin
    Cin
    Sep. 27, 2012

    Hi,

    I was going through a battle over the spring not knowing why I was feeling very tired and lightheaded.  Many times my heart was pounding so hard and fast, quite scary.  Other times I felt as if I was about to pass out any minute.  Many times I broke out in rashes.  Finally got some allergy testings done.  The first allergiest ran...

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    Hi,

    I was going through a battle over the spring not knowing why I was feeling very tired and lightheaded.  Many times my heart was pounding so hard and fast, quite scary.  Other times I felt as if I was about to pass out any minute.  Many times I broke out in rashes.  Finally got some allergy testings done.  The first allergiest ran bloodwork and said I was slightly allergic to peanuts and oats, moderately allergic to apples, rye, beef and high allergic to shrimp and hazelnut.  I remember having oatmeal and hazelnut coffee every morning.  I saw a second allergist.  She did the testings on the skin.  Her results showed I'm highly allergic to oats, slightly allergic to garlic and highly allergic to roaches and maple and oak tree pollen.  Once spring was over my symptoms diminised.  But I also changed my ways of eating.  I no longer eat processed foods, no longer eat at restaurants, no longer eat meat, no more oats or garlic.  I had a mild allergic reaction after having chicken cutlets and eggs.  The chicken cutlets had garlic, oregano, salt andl lime.  So what caused that reaction?  I'm unsure.  Since that day I haven't had eggs, meat, garlic, and oregano.  It's extremely hard going out.  I carry my food and snacks everywhere.   I want to try other foods, I want to have meat again but I'm afraid to try anything out of my norm.  This is extremely hard and not having garlic makes it more difficult.  I'm glad to know I'm not the only one going through this but it's also sad to see many of us suffer from this allergy and not have much info especially on the food labels.

  • Gary in NYC
    Sep. 19, 2012

    I love the taste and smell of garlic, always have since I was a kid.

     

    One day I went to a garlic festival in Gilroy California, and literally overdosed on garlic (everything was made with it and it was just so good).  That night, I ended up with a nasty case of gas and felt intestinal discomfort for several days!

     

    When I recovered, I didn't...

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    I love the taste and smell of garlic, always have since I was a kid.

     

    One day I went to a garlic festival in Gilroy California, and literally overdosed on garlic (everything was made with it and it was just so good).  That night, I ended up with a nasty case of gas and felt intestinal discomfort for several days!

     

    When I recovered, I didn't touch anything with garlic for about a week, then had a dish of shrimp scampi at a restaurant.  That night, I had the same gassy and loose stool reaction to it.  It never left me, either.  Decades later, I still have to be careful with how much garlic I eat.  I can get by with small amounts, but if I have a few ounces of garlic hummus?  Forget it, I'm a gas factory.

     

    Onions and shallots are no problem, it's just the garlic.

     

    Why?  I don't break out in hives or experience a swollen tongue or throat.  I seem to have a hyper sensitivity to garlic, all because of that blasted garlic festival.  Over the years I've searched around for answers, but keep finding extremes where people are outright allergic to it.  I wish I could "train" my body back to normal, to accept the garlic.  Any ideas??

  • Wavi
    Sep. 08, 2012

    I, too, am allergic to garlic and, when I do digest it, I immediately pop some ginger pills as well as an enzyme infused with peppermint.

    Both ginger and peppermint are said to counter an upset stomach, which is ideal if you're one of those people who suffers bloating and nausea from ingesting garlic.  I often carry peppermint water with me and drink it...

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    I, too, am allergic to garlic and, when I do digest it, I immediately pop some ginger pills as well as an enzyme infused with peppermint.

    Both ginger and peppermint are said to counter an upset stomach, which is ideal if you're one of those people who suffers bloating and nausea from ingesting garlic.  I often carry peppermint water with me and drink it throughout the day, especially around the meal times as I hate when my stomach is in knots.  Straight up peppermint oil (the essential oil) is brilliant and it really does help calm the stomach.

    If you're not a peppermint fan, the ginger is great, too!  You can actually buy ginger that is coated with sugar which makes it easier to eat.

    Although it's a pain to always need peppermint water or ginger pills whenever you go out, it does help.  I highly recommend using both and seeing if it helps alleviate the pain.

    Oh, one more thought!  Licorice Root (pill) is another great thing to try.  Take it with Ginger (pill) before a meal and see if it aids in the garlic tolerance.  Slippery Elm (pill) is another great tool.

     

    Hope these tips help!

    • AllergyCentral
      Sep. 15, 2012

      Thank you all for sharing. I just read this blog and did not realize how many people out there have food allergies. I have 10:  Garlic & onion allergy, along with tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, potato, rice, pork, almond and chocolate allergies.  The hardest part of these is not the avoidance; it is the social isolation.

      Just about every social...

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      Thank you all for sharing. I just read this blog and did not realize how many people out there have food allergies. I have 10:  Garlic & onion allergy, along with tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, potato, rice, pork, almond and chocolate allergies.  The hardest part of these is not the avoidance; it is the social isolation.

      Just about every social gathering has food that I get to admire but not eat, and I often go hungry or wait long hours until I can get food, especially after events, where food is preset and options are not available.  I have learned to stand it, but believe me, the pain of being hungry and also on the outside of a group is great, especially when the food is trendy, often with peppers, which are fashionable, or culturally central (such as pizza).

       

      Just last week, I sat through a lunch to which I brought food that I made, without allergens, but it was combined with other food that other people brought, so I ate a muffin and watched everyone else with full plates of breaded chicken, salad with dressing, and side dishes, potatoes, rice, or pasta with garlic and onions and peppers.

       

      I see how many have to deal with these challenges. The only solution is to make it yourself and bring it, even if people do not understand.  Most do, if you are honest.  But the life-road is a long and hard one, though perhaps not so hard as that of those who do not get enough food at all, ever.

       

      Best wishes to all of you.  My heart goes out to you.

       

       

    • AllergyCentral
      Sep. 15, 2012

      Thank you all for sharing. I just read this blog and did not realize how many people out there have food allergies. I have 10:  Garlic & onion allergy, along with tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, potato, rice, pork, almond and chocolate allergies.  The hardest part of these is not the avoidance; it is the social isolation.

      Just about every social...

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      Thank you all for sharing. I just read this blog and did not realize how many people out there have food allergies. I have 10:  Garlic & onion allergy, along with tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, potato, rice, pork, almond and chocolate allergies.  The hardest part of these is not the avoidance; it is the social isolation.

      Just about every social gathering has food that I get to admire but not eat, and I often go hungry or wait long hours until I can get food, especially after events, where food is preset and options are not available.  I have learned to stand it, but believe me, the pain of being hungry and also on the outside of a group is great, especially when the food is trendy, often with peppers, which are fashionable, or culturally central (such as pizza).

       

      Just last week, I sat through a lunch to which I brought food that I made, without allergens, but it was combined with other food that other people brought, so I ate a muffin and watched everyone else with full plates of breaded chicken, salad with dressing, and side dishes, potatoes, rice, or pasta with garlic and onions and peppers.

       

      I see how many have to deal with these challenges. The only solution is to make it yourself and bring it, even if people do not understand.  Most do, if you are honest.  But the life-road is a long and hard one, though perhaps not so hard as that of those who do not get enough food at all, ever.

       

      Best wishes to all of you.  My heart goes out to you.

       

       

  • annom
    Sep. 07, 2012

    I am allergic to garlic, all forms of onions, milk, and scallops.  Fresh brocoli and califlower give me diarrhea,but can eat them otherwise.  I am on my fourth day of what I believe to be a reaction to eating a TV dinner that had onion puree, garlic puree, and jalapenas in it.  I am always very careful about reading labels, but slipped up this...

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    I am allergic to garlic, all forms of onions, milk, and scallops.  Fresh brocoli and califlower give me diarrhea,but can eat them otherwise.  I am on my fourth day of what I believe to be a reaction to eating a TV dinner that had onion puree, garlic puree, and jalapenas in it.  I am always very careful about reading labels, but slipped up this time. 

     Mild cramping began that night, but by the next day I was doulbled over with severe cramps in my right lower abdominal quadrant. It was difficult to get up and down from bed and I had to walk stooped over.  I took Gas-X, Tums, and 3 Ibuprofen.  Nothing helped.  I had no appetite and didn't eat or drink anything.  I started trying to vomit, but nothing there to come up, so dry heaves.  I felt hot and weak.  This lasted for 3 days.  I lost 5 pounds in 3 days.  I have had to force my self to eat or drink anything.  These are the same symptoms I have had after eating with any amount or form of garlic in the past.  Today I feel a little better, but I eat anything I have watery diarrhea afterwards.

    Everytime this has happened, I have had to consider whether this might appendicitis or if I am passing a kidney stone.  This is how severe the pain is.  Tomorrow i am going to the doctor to make sure it wasn't a kidney stone this time since my urine looked dark.

    I am 72 and have had to watch everything I eat all my life.  My mother had the same problem, but my father and siblings can eat anything they want.  Onion soup has done the same thing in the past.  Occasionly I can get by eating something with a small amount of onion, but not onion salt.

     I actually prefer bland food.  Some suggestions for seasoning are:

     

     curry powder free of salt, garlic, and onions.  Mccormick has it and another brand.  Be sure to read the list of ingredients.

    5 spice powder

    Ponzu soy sauce

    Olive Garden used to have one dish without garlic.  It was cheese ravioli.

    Campbell soup that you have to add water to are often free of garlic.

    I find that some generic store brands are less likely to have onions and garlic

    When I fix spaghetti,  I cook the hamburger meat, add a can of diced tomatoes to the pot, add the curry powder, Italian seasons (free of garlic and salt).  I cut up some Bell peppers, add that, then add water by rinsing the can.  I get the liquids boiling, and add spaghetti.  I cook it all in the same pot.  I also add some pepper and salt to taste.  It taste more like restaurant cooked this way.

     

    Salt and MSG are also problems for me and can send my blood pressure sky high.  You just have to learn to accept that there are some you cannot eat, and experiment with recipes that work for you.  It is much easier if you do your own cooking, but there are some TV dinners that are okay. 

    One thing that used to help me was Tummy Mint Tea, but I can't seem to find it anymore.  It had 2 mints, chamomile, and valerian. 

    Watch out for Prevacid.  It can cause diarrhea and bloating in abdomen.

    It's a bummer!  Best wishes._

     

     

  • annom
    Sep. 07, 2012

    I am allergic to garlic, all forms of onions, milk, and scallops.  Fresh brocoli and califlower give me diarrhea,but can eat them otherwise.  I am on my fourth day of what I believe to be a reaction to eating a TV dinner that had onion puree, garlic puree, and jalapenas in it.  I am always very careful about reading labels, but slipped up this...

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    I am allergic to garlic, all forms of onions, milk, and scallops.  Fresh brocoli and califlower give me diarrhea,but can eat them otherwise.  I am on my fourth day of what I believe to be a reaction to eating a TV dinner that had onion puree, garlic puree, and jalapenas in it.  I am always very careful about reading labels, but slipped up this time. 

     Mild cramping began that night, but by the next day I was doulbled over with severe cramps in my right lower abdominal quadrant. It was difficult to get up and down from bed and I had to walk stooped over.  I took Gas-X, Tums, and 3 Ibuprofen.  Nothing helped.  I had no appetite and didn't eat or drink anything.  I started trying to vomit, but nothing there to come up, so dry heaves.  I felt hot and weak.  This lasted for 3 days.  I lost 5 pounds in 3 days.  I have had to force my self to eat or drink anything.  These are the same symptoms I have had after eating with any amount or form of garlic in the past.  Today I feel a little better, but I eat anything I have watery diarrhea afterwards.

    Everytime this has happened, I have had to consider whether this might appendicitis or if I am passing a kidney stone.  This is how severe the pain is.  Tomorrow i am going to the doctor to make sure it wasn't a kidney stone this time since my urine looked dark.

    I am 72 and have had to watch everything I eat all my life.  My mother had the same problem, but my father and siblings can eat anything they want.  Onion soup has done the same thing in the past.  Occasionly I can get by eating something with a small amount of onion, but not onion salt.

     I actually prefer bland food.  Some suggestions for seasoning are:

     

     curry powder free of salt, garlic, and onions.  Mccormick has it and another brand.  Be sure to read the list of ingredients.

    5 spice powder

    Ponzu soy sauce

    Olive Garden used to have one dish without garlic.  It was cheese ravioli.

    Campbell soup that you have to add water to are often free of garlic.

    I find that some generic store brands are less likely to have onions and garlic

    When I fix spaghetti,  I cook the hamburger meat, add a can of diced tomatoes to the pot, add the curry powder, Italian seasons (free of garlic and salt).  I cut up some Bell peppers, add that, then add water by rinsing the can.  I get the liquids boiling, and add spaghetti.  I cook it all in the same pot.  I also add some pepper and salt to taste.  It taste more like restaurant cooked this way.

     

    Salt and MSG are also problems for me and can send my blood pressure sky high.  You just have to learn to accept that there are some you cannot eat, and experiment with recipes that work for you.  It is much easier if you do your own cooking, but there are some TV dinners that are okay. 

    One thing that used to help me was Tummy Mint Tea, but I can't seem to find it anymore.  It had 2 mints, chamomile, and valerian. 

    Watch out for Prevacid.  It can cause diarrhea and bloating in abdomen.

    It's a bummer!  Best wishes._

     

     

  • Anonymous
    S.Ann
    Sep. 03, 2012

    I have also determined that garlic has been the cause of my indigestion issues.  It is very difficult to go out to eat.  Between the garlic and dairy it's almost impossible to order. 

  • ROK
    ROK
    Aug. 22, 2012

    My daughter has a garlic allergy (since her first allergy test at 1yr).  She is also allergic to eggs and tree nuts.  So far, garlic only gives her hives.  A few things we've found:

    McDonalds Chicken Nuggest and Steak & Shake burgers.  We also do grilled cheese at Panera, but once had a problem (we assume cross contamination). ...

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    My daughter has a garlic allergy (since her first allergy test at 1yr).  She is also allergic to eggs and tree nuts.  So far, garlic only gives her hives.  A few things we've found:

    McDonalds Chicken Nuggest and Steak & Shake burgers.  We also do grilled cheese at Panera, but once had a problem (we assume cross contamination).  Not healthy or gourmet, but convenient for road trips or when you are stuck running errands.

    Applegate Chicken Nuggets.  These are pretty tasty, actually.  Organic--buy them in the frozen food section at Whole Foods.  Wal-mart's store brand is also garlic free (uses paprika), but they are not so healthy, and since these are what her daycare uses to replace meals with allergens she eats them weekly so we spring for Applegate. 

    And randomly, with travelling, Disney WOrld is amazing for allergens.  Menus everywhere, and the sit down dining options will make you a special meal.  And Asheville, NC--their website says they are good about food allergies and they aren't joking.  I've never had a waitress come back and warn me that the flour they use for biscuits is processed in a facility that also processes tree nuts...We actually ate breakfast out.

    -R

  • LaurieB
    Jun. 09, 2012

    I realized a number of years ago that I was allergic to raw garlic and raw onions (they're both in the alum family).  Onion gave me an itchy tongue and I was thirsty for hours and hours.  Garlic made my tongue burn and my chest burn and lasted about 24 hours.  Recently, however, I've realized I'm much more allergic to garlic than before and I'm...

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    I realized a number of years ago that I was allergic to raw garlic and raw onions (they're both in the alum family).  Onion gave me an itchy tongue and I was thirsty for hours and hours.  Garlic made my tongue burn and my chest burn and lasted about 24 hours.  Recently, however, I've realized I'm much more allergic to garlic than before and I'm not sure if it's all garlic or just when fresh garlic is added to a dish.  My tongue burns immediately, but now I also get severe abdominal bloating and gas that lasts 24 hours.  I also seem to lack energy and just want to lie down for a day and wait it out.  (GasX helps a little)

     

    I've also recently found out that I'm lactose intolerant - so between cutting out dairy and cheese and garlic, it's hard to find things on a menu I can eat.  The good news is that it's kind of an enforced diet. I can't eat most of  the fattening things I loved.

     

    • mollyemmamorgan
      May. 28, 2015
      I am 14 and I have exactly the same issues as you do. I have known about my allergies to garlic all my life, but raw onion has developed in the past year. Nowadays I find that any food that has a lot of onion (cooked or raw) makes my stomach cramp and I get severe diarrhoea, bloating and acid reflux. Last Easter I had a colonoscopy and had to stick to a very...
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      I am 14 and I have exactly the same issues as you do. I have known about my allergies to garlic all my life, but raw onion has developed in the past year. Nowadays I find that any food that has a lot of onion (cooked or raw) makes my stomach cramp and I get severe diarrhoea, bloating and acid reflux. Last Easter I had a colonoscopy and had to stick to a very strict diet of basically plain leaves for 2 months. The results showed I was lactose intolerant as well! I am currently trying to book a proper allergy test for garlic because it has never been made official. I feel your pain! It is so hard to eat out or buy ready meals :( It's interesting that you and others have exactly the same issues as me - is there a known link between garlic and lactose? Best of luck!
  • LaurieB
    Jun. 09, 2012

    I realized a number of years ago that I was allergic to raw garlic and raw onions (they're both in the alum family).  Onion gave me an itchy tongue and I was thirsty for hours and hours.  Garlic made my tongue burn and my chest burn and lasted about 24 hours.  Recently, however, I've realized I'm much more allergic to garlic than before and I'm...

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    I realized a number of years ago that I was allergic to raw garlic and raw onions (they're both in the alum family).  Onion gave me an itchy tongue and I was thirsty for hours and hours.  Garlic made my tongue burn and my chest burn and lasted about 24 hours.  Recently, however, I've realized I'm much more allergic to garlic than before and I'm not sure if it's all garlic or just when fresh garlic is added to a dish.  My tongue burns immediately, but now I also get severe abdominal bloating and gas that lasts 24 hours.  I also seem to lack energy and just want to lie down for a day and wait it out.  (GasX helps a little)

     

    I've also recently found out that I'm lactose intolerant - so between cutting out dairy and cheese and garlic, it's hard to find things on a menu I can eat.  The good news is that it's kind of an enforced diet. I can't eat most of  the fattening things I loved.

     

  • angelica
    May. 16, 2012

    Personaly, I believe my being allergic/intolerant to garlic is because it is in everything. humans are just not made to eat the same thing every day. try eating massive amounts of mangos every day. I'm sure it would cause IBS in a matter of weeks. I can't believe how much garlic there is out there. How do they even grow that much garlic? It's...

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    Personaly, I believe my being allergic/intolerant to garlic is because it is in everything. humans are just not made to eat the same thing every day. try eating massive amounts of mangos every day. I'm sure it would cause IBS in a matter of weeks. I can't believe how much garlic there is out there. How do they even grow that much garlic? It's insain. And mangos are good for you; garlic is not even good for people. Why not put a little bit of cocain in everything?(sarcasm). It should be illegal. Garlic is only a super food for cancer BECAUSE....hopefully I have my information correct......it kills cells. Therefor, it kills cancer cells. and for the unbelievers, yes I am allergic to garlic I don't need a test. My skin does not burn when I rub lime all over it, I actualy did this in hope for an acidic cure for what I thought was acne. I put yogurt too to see if maybe I was missing good bacteria in my system. Didn't help the bumps on the back of my throat either. I tryed unimaginable things because never knowing what was wrong. over dosed on bennadryle for years. Infact, the only thing that cured me was eliminating garlic out of my diet completely. So, for the unbelievers shut up it's not your face. I believe everyone on here that claims to be sensitive/intolerant/allergic to garlic. i'm so glad for this website I now know there are non-garlics out there like zen, india and asian vegitarians. I sure do miss chineese food. I'd love to check out a china town the next time I get a chance. And it's just pure evil to purposely put it in the food; it takes months for my skin to clear. And why not just put laxitive in the food you evil garlic poisoners.

    • Anonymous
      adrian
      May. 20, 2012

      As with one of the earlier posts I, too, am a vegetarian with an intolerance to garlic- a real problem, especially in the UK where virtually all preprepared meals contain garlic.The major supermarekts don't seem to want to know. Eating out in Europe is also very difficult, although I went to Italy last year and had the phrase "I am allergic to garlic" translated...

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      As with one of the earlier posts I, too, am a vegetarian with an intolerance to garlic- a real problem, especially in the UK where virtually all preprepared meals contain garlic.The major supermarekts don't seem to want to know. Eating out in Europe is also very difficult, although I went to Italy last year and had the phrase "I am allergic to garlic" translated on my phone to show waiters. I found all the restaurants only too happy to make me a garlic-free meal and suffered no ill effects. My worst experience? In southwest France a while back I ate some without knowing. Appropriately, we were in Toulouse, which is precisely what I needed...

      I frequently write to food manufacturers and supermarkets complaining, but get nowhere. There's obviously too much money in it even though many of my non-intolerant friends also say they wish there was less. For them it just spoils the taste of other ingredients. Hey-ho. 

  • Audrey
    May. 16, 2012

    I become very sick when I eat garlic.

    I am sick all night and the next morning.

    when I eat pizza ocassionally with my family,

    I know I will be sick.  That takes the fun out of it.

    What can I do? 

  • Anonymous
    shaune
    May. 01, 2012

    I have been allergic to garlic for over 20 years. Garlic normally lowers ones bloodpressure. But when I eat or even smell it I get sick to my stomach, feel a little light headed, faint, then go into a seisure. Its not Pretty.  I then have stomach trouble and loose stool.  I use an epi pen.

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    Janice
    Apr. 30, 2012

    I also have a garlic allergy and find it very difficult to eat out. I get really angry when I ask a waiter if the food has garlic in it and they reply yes but only a little bit. Would they say this to a person with a peanut allergy. I find many people take this allery as a big joke. They don't realise just how painful it can be. I am not as bad as some I have...

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    I also have a garlic allergy and find it very difficult to eat out. I get really angry when I ask a waiter if the food has garlic in it and they reply yes but only a little bit. Would they say this to a person with a peanut allergy. I find many people take this allery as a big joke. They don't realise just how painful it can be. I am not as bad as some I have read but I suffer migraines, vomiting and terible stomach pains. It would be nice to go out and not worry what I am going to eat.

  • Anonymous
    RL
    Apr. 21, 2012

    I was diagnosed as being allergic to garlic at age 6. While our doctor assumed I would outgrow the allergy, I have not. I'm 64 now and I still find it aggravating that most dishes are prepared with garlic. I'm of the mindset that the specialists that  preparethese dishes are just too lazy to find an alternative to garlic.  ALL of the cooking shows...

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    I was diagnosed as being allergic to garlic at age 6. While our doctor assumed I would outgrow the allergy, I have not. I'm 64 now and I still find it aggravating that most dishes are prepared with garlic. I'm of the mindset that the specialists that  preparethese dishes are just too lazy to find an alternative to garlic.  ALL of the cooking shows I've seen use garlic as a base ingredient in 99% of what they prepare.

     

    It makes it hard for my wife and I to go to any upscale dining establishment. I have to ask when making reservations about the use of garlic in dishes I am intrested in. Most people taking my reservation don't know and have to ask someone about preparation. I usually get the answer that much of what is offered has garlic but they are sure they can find something on the menu that doesn't. Most of these are steak houses and the like. Since I don't eat pork for personal reasons, our options are limited.

  • Anonymous
    Jim
    Apr. 12, 2012

     

     

    Garlic has been a problem for me for years, I can't smell it and I can't taste it. gastrointestinal distress lets me know I,ve ingested it. A small amount takes 24 hours to clear my system, a medium amount takes 48 hours and a large aqmount takes three or four days. Benadryl gives me some relief.

     

    Last summer I was awakened with a cardboard...

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    Garlic has been a problem for me for years, I can't smell it and I can't taste it. gastrointestinal distress lets me know I,ve ingested it. A small amount takes 24 hours to clear my system, a medium amount takes 48 hours and a large aqmount takes three or four days. Benadryl gives me some relief.

     

    Last summer I was awakened with a cardboard face, swollen lips,face and nose. No garlic was consumed but I had eaten some asparagus which I never ate before. Researching it we found it to have the same chemical makeup as garlic.

     

    Interesting world!

     

     





     

  • Catherine
    Apr. 12, 2012

    I first discovered I could not eat onion and garlic at about 23.  My dad had always hated onions and garlic was very rare through my childhood, I was born 1958, and food was always home cooked.  I went to France in 76 and had a fantastic time eating everything, and then through my student years as baltis hit England.  However by '81 I was finding...

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    I first discovered I could not eat onion and garlic at about 23.  My dad had always hated onions and garlic was very rare through my childhood, I was born 1958, and food was always home cooked.  I went to France in 76 and had a fantastic time eating everything, and then through my student years as baltis hit England.  However by '81 I was finding myself getting uncomfortable when eating out and sometimes at home, and by '82 was suffering severe cramps, nausea, sweats,  fatigue and a 'fuzzy' head (like your brain's gone furry) and vomiting, following eating and lasting about 12 hours.  The doctors said they could do nothing although they never tested for anything.  I should add I was always an 'allergic' child so put it down to that. I tried cutting out foods to see what hapened, and after trying avoiding certain meats to no avail, started on the sauces and after finding mushrooms were OK tried onion and garlic and whoopee, problem solved. Restaurants and general public are much more sympathetic these days, and those that have seen me following even a slight injestion of onion or garlic are positively agressive about ensuring the meal is free of Alliums. I have watched with mild amusement as my brother laughs at me and then does not eat his dauphinoise mash potato and his two sons scrape the knob of garlic butter off their steak.  My suspicion is my father has handed this down and at least one of my children suffers similarly.  My advice is avoid completely and enjoy your food.  I am perfectly healthy on a diet free from Alliums.

    Catherine

  • Anonymous
    Wen
    Apr. 05, 2012

    I found out a few years ago that garlic and onions were definitely the cause of some of my severe migraine headaches.  Migraines are horrendous if I ever accidentally have these. Since then I have discovered that all of the onion family do the same: ie. shallots, chives etc.  In addition I have found that citrus fruits give me severe pain in my throat,...

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    I found out a few years ago that garlic and onions were definitely the cause of some of my severe migraine headaches.  Migraines are horrendous if I ever accidentally have these. Since then I have discovered that all of the onion family do the same: ie. shallots, chives etc.  In addition I have found that citrus fruits give me severe pain in my throat, jaw and face, kind of like the feeling of infection -cranberry sauce does the same.  I can't tolerate anything with red wine, soy sauce, overripe bananas, sesame seeds, ginger, chillies and the list is growing - all give me migraine.  My diet is becoming very bland and boring, but it definitely helps me feel better.  Very frustrating - I miss tasty foods!

  • Anonymous
    Alvin
    Mar. 24, 2012

    Can anyone advise if someone who has been diagnosed as being allergic to garlic should also smoke cigarettes or should stop - will cigarette smoke worsen the condition ?

  • Vegetarian Vampire
    Mar. 18, 2012

     

    I'm so glad that there are more out there with problems similar to mine. I don't have an actual "allergy," as it's not a histamine reaction. It's also not intolerance. After going to more doctors than I can remember, the best answer that I've received is that I have some sort of chemical hypersensitivity to some sulfur compounds.

     

    The molybdenum...

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    I'm so glad that there are more out there with problems similar to mine. I don't have an actual "allergy," as it's not a histamine reaction. It's also not intolerance. After going to more doctors than I can remember, the best answer that I've received is that I have some sort of chemical hypersensitivity to some sulfur compounds.

     

    The molybdenum fix won't work for me, since these particular compounds react with my skin as well. My doctor said that some sulfur compounds cause my cells to rupture. If I bathe in sulfuric water, my skin burns and turns red for hours. If I eat onions, garlic, or any other plant in the allium genus, I suffer from a variety of symptoms depending on the particular plant and dosage. Some symptoms include stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal bleeding, a "drugged" or "drunken" feeling, confusion, blisters in the mouth or lips, and more... Wine's a killer for me as well, as are sulfa drugs, eggs, asparagus, brussel sprouts, and some preservatives. However some sulfur compounds are fine, like those found in fennel, mustard, and (most) beer. It's a real pain, and has mostly been trial and error. My sensitivity only worsens with age and exposure, with reactions from garlic evolving from mild digestive irritation to what I described above.

     

    At one point, they even entertained the idea that I may have a type of porphyria, but that didn't seem to pan out, as all other symptoms were missing.

     

    Simply put, the sulfur compounds in garlic, onions, etc. are toxic. In low doses, most people never notice negative effects, but nearly everyone I know has had a negative reaction from HEAVY garlic consumption. Some people react from lower doses of certain toxins than others. I seem to be someone who suffers from a sulfur-based toxin hypersensitivity.

     

    If you're tested for an allergy and an intolerance both with negative results, don't worry. You're not the only one, and more than likely, you have what I have. It sucks, but the best we can all do -- whether we have allergies, intolerances, toxin hypersensitivities, or something else -- is to petition for garlic and onion to be recognized as allergens by our respective government agencies.

     

    • Louise
      Apr. 01, 2012

      I cannot eat onions. I will feel foggy, tired and get a severe sinus headache within about an hour of eating any. My husband has got used to me asking at restaurants. I have even been on Jenny Craig but could only eat 3 dinners that didn't have onion and even one of those had it although it wasn't listed. You can't trick your body! I take an antihistamine tablet...

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      I cannot eat onions. I will feel foggy, tired and get a severe sinus headache within about an hour of eating any. My husband has got used to me asking at restaurants. I have even been on Jenny Craig but could only eat 3 dinners that didn't have onion and even one of those had it although it wasn't listed. You can't trick your body! I take an antihistamine tablet if I have eaten onions.

      As mentioned earlier in this list I was dreading our holiday to Italy and asked our first waiter about onions in spaghetti al pomodor. He was horrified that they would put onions in it! I had no trouble at all through out Italy.

       

      I have a different reaction to garlic. I can tolerate a small amount especially if I already have some food in my stomach. If I have too much I will get nausea, diarrhea and feel like I am going to pass out. Again I take an antihistamine as soon as I feel it coming on. It can be quite debilitating.

  • Anonymous
    Beth
    Feb. 23, 2012

    I have a garlic allergy. I've been living with it for about 8 years. When I was younger it would just be a sick feeling in my stomach. The more garlic enters my system, the worse the systems seem to get.

    Today I had soup that had less than a teaspoon of garlic in it when it was made. But it seems to effect me worse tonight than ever. I was eating soup my mom...

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    I have a garlic allergy. I've been living with it for about 8 years. When I was younger it would just be a sick feeling in my stomach. The more garlic enters my system, the worse the systems seem to get.

    Today I had soup that had less than a teaspoon of garlic in it when it was made. But it seems to effect me worse tonight than ever. I was eating soup my mom made and halfway through I noticed my throat felt scratchy and I felt like my mouth was on fire. I said it was really spicy and asked what was in it. She said she put garlic in but she didn't put as much as the recipe said because she knew it effected me.

    So now I'm sitting here, with a scratchy sore throat, feeling like it's harder to breathe, being itchy all over my body, I have a strange sinus headache, I feel like I have a fever, and I'm fighting not to throw up all over my keyboard.

     

    I came online hoping to find someone that would know of any way to minimize the symptoms besides going to a doctor.

    Usually water helps some. But it doesn't seem to be helping at all.

    • Anonymous
      Gary
      Mar. 04, 2012

      Well.... I've been having all the same reactions as most of you. Extreme stomach pains, vomiting, diahrea, shaking/trembling, sleeping for hours, can't go to work...

       

      This has been going on for about 10 years.

       

      WE NEED TO FIND A MEATHOD OF RELIEF, not just complain about it.

       

      People think I'm nutz if I mention my problems with garlic and raw...

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      Well.... I've been having all the same reactions as most of you. Extreme stomach pains, vomiting, diahrea, shaking/trembling, sleeping for hours, can't go to work...

       

      This has been going on for about 10 years.

       

      WE NEED TO FIND A MEATHOD OF RELIEF, not just complain about it.

       

      People think I'm nutz if I mention my problems with garlic and raw onions.

       

      I read a forum somewhere, about a year ago, that said people experience much less, or no symtoms if they use Beano tablets just as they begin to eat.

       

      I know that some people don't like to take extra enzymes, but if I think I'm going to be getting into a garlic problem while eating out, I take some Beano with me, and take 2 or 3 tablets just as I start to eat.

       

      Its tough to know if the Beano actually works for this because I avoid garlic like the plague, but if I use this method I have no problems at all. Occasionally I screw up and take a garlic bullit (accidentally taking a shot of garlic, getting shot from a garlic gun...) without using Beano, and man I suffer.

       

      It helps me and I have no other side effects from the Beano.

       

      I suggest to try it, if it helps, you're good to go, if not, you're still where you are right now.

       

      Good luck

       

    • anon
      Mar. 04, 2012

      My mother never cooked with garlic (or any other spices as we are of English ancestryLaughing) so I never really ate much garlic until I was older.  I began to put quite a  lot of it in meatballs (another thing my mother never made).......until I finally figured out that it was the garlic what made me sick pretty much every time. No swelling, completely gastro....but...

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      My mother never cooked with garlic (or any other spices as we are of English ancestryLaughing) so I never really ate much garlic until I was older.  I began to put quite a  lot of it in meatballs (another thing my mother never made).......until I finally figured out that it was the garlic what made me sick pretty much every time. No swelling, completely gastro....but oh man!!  I have since avoided it like the plague although it seems i can tolerate it in very small amounts.

       

      That was 30 years ago, and now you are all correct..this country has gone garlic crazy. 

       

      I never tell people I am allergic to it...just that I can't eat it as it kills me. I get quite tired of people looking at me as if there were something wrong with me.

      AT least I no longer feel like the only one on the planet who doesn't eat it!

       

  • John
    Feb. 22, 2012

    Hello,

    I first developed an allergic reaction to the garlic family at the age of 30 when my wife was feeding me daily garlic oil pills for 'health benefits'.  I began then with a rash on my arms, legs, and ribs.  That was 28 years ago, and since then there has been a steady increase in reaction to less and less dosage. Within a year I could not eat...

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    Hello,

    I first developed an allergic reaction to the garlic family at the age of 30 when my wife was feeding me daily garlic oil pills for 'health benefits'.  I began then with a rash on my arms, legs, and ribs.  That was 28 years ago, and since then there has been a steady increase in reaction to less and less dosage. Within a year I could not eat a hamburger with a red onion on it without volcanic activity in the nether regions within an hour. Now, I have had to remove all but the most bland of salad dressings from my diet, and this month I began reacting to Worchester sauce on steak.

    Last year I had to travel to Pittsburgh and eat in "fine restaraunts" for the entire trip. After several dreadful nights sitting on the throne of contemplation, I focused on build-your-own salads, as every marinade of every steak was toxic. Ordering a salad with "no onion, no croutons" has become so automatic that they bring it that way now even if I forget, at the places that I can patronize, that have Ranch dressing with a low enough dose.

    I now carry those little generic Benadryl-analog capsules with me as a matter of course, because the antihistimines seem to reverse the effects.  I also use a Bendryl cream on the rashes so that I can get to sleep.

    • John
      Feb. 22, 2012

      One more thing that does work; Health Food Stores do carry Activated Charcoal capsules.  These seem to minimize the effects if I take them before, or shortly after, eating in a situation where I HAVE to eat, but cannot control the menu.

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    BJ
    Feb. 01, 2012

    Everything said is exactly the same for me. Now i don't feel so all alone.Wink

  • edith
    Jan. 30, 2012

    yes I have the joy of garlic allergyI can't touch garlic or I get exema,blisters and bleeding on my hands (fun when I was a chef.I get asthma if the aroma of garlic is too strong.I've had to leave my home and get fresh air outside when my husband or son were cooking with garlic.I do not want to ruin their enjoyment of garlic just because I can't have it.I ask...

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    yes I have the joy of garlic allergyI can't touch garlic or I get exema,blisters and bleeding on my hands (fun when I was a chef.I get asthma if the aroma of garlic is too strong.I've had to leave my home and get fresh air outside when my husband or son were cooking with garlic.I do not want to ruin their enjoyment of garlic just because I can't have it.I ask my husband to kiss me before he eats garlic because my lips will tingle if I kiss him after.I've had bouts of cramps and diarhea  and nausea last for a few days.I have sat down in restaurants with a cup of tea while the family ate because there was nothing on the menu I can have.I am also allergic to seafood and beets and must carry an epi pen due to those allergies but am also allergic to citrus fruits,fungus (mushrooms),soy.I am lactos intollerant and can not take calcium tablets or I am compact blocked after taking one.I have lost 1 1/2 inches in 2 yrs and am starting rhumataud arthritis,to which I can't take calcium to stop it.I am a twin and I am the healthy one.I know the "fun" of grocery shopping and trying to find something without garlic.Like you even innocent looking dishes can harbour this dread.Who knew it would be in fish,hotdogs,hamburgers.Try buying a pizza without it.Precooked roasts have it,just about every spaghetti sauce and dry soup has it and YES it should be listed on the food label.It is an herb and not a spice therefore it shouldn't be listed with spices.I usually spend fall making my own sauces and canning them so they are available for the winter.Companies should offer garlic free sauces.I appreciate that pickle companies do.I know of 5 other people allergic to garlic so I am sure there are more than they say.

  • Kai
    Kai
    Jan. 17, 2012

    People look at me like I am insane when I tell them I am allergic to garlic. I am amazed at how many people actually do have the allergy.

     

    Mine developed in my mid-20's. I could not figure out why my tongue was swelling and why I was getting sores all over my face and neck (not acne). After several tests, it was determined I was allergic to garlic (and...

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    People look at me like I am insane when I tell them I am allergic to garlic. I am amazed at how many people actually do have the allergy.

     

    Mine developed in my mid-20's. I could not figure out why my tongue was swelling and why I was getting sores all over my face and neck (not acne). After several tests, it was determined I was allergic to garlic (and several other things).

     

    The "type" of garlic I intake (dehydrated, powder, minced, etc.) determines my reaction (I think several of y'all stated that as well). Powdered/dehydrated garlic is the worst for me. As soon as it hits my mouth, the area around my mouth starts to develop sores and hive-like bumps that itch and swell. My face will look so awful I don't want to leave the house. Sometimes my throat will swell and I will be over-whelmed with nausea. Since I've started avoiding it, I don't get half as many migraines. It is so frustrating - it seems like everything has garlic in it and it's almost impossible to completely avoid. I have to read the ingredients to everything at the grocery store, I have to ask wherever I eat out if this or that has garlic in it. (Going to an Italian restaurant is out of the question; the air has garlic in it...) If I'm invited to dinner at a friend's home, I have to ask the host what does and does not have garlic in it. I have to make most everything from scratch at home. And I never knew until reading this article that things like ketchup have trace amounts. No wonder I feel sick so often. 

     

    I won't ramble on; my statements would be redundant. I think y'all have covered most of my pains and concerns and questions. It's reassuring to know I'm not alone in this (like I've thought for so many years), but it's awful that so many people suffer this allergy. I do wish it was taken more serious.

     

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this article. I'm going to share it with some of my "you're crazy" friends and family.

  • Kai
    Kai
    Jan. 17, 2012

    People look at me like I am insane when I tell them I am allergic to garlic. I am amazed at how many people actually do have the allergy.

     

    Mine developed in my mid-20's. I could not figure out why my tongue was swelling and why I was getting sores all over my face and neck (not acne). After several tests, it was determined I was allergic to garlic (and...

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    People look at me like I am insane when I tell them I am allergic to garlic. I am amazed at how many people actually do have the allergy.

     

    Mine developed in my mid-20's. I could not figure out why my tongue was swelling and why I was getting sores all over my face and neck (not acne). After several tests, it was determined I was allergic to garlic (and several other things).

     

    The "type" of garlic I intake (dehydrated, powder, minced, etc.) determines my reaction (I think several of y'all stated that as well). Powdered/dehydrated garlic is the worst for me. As soon as it hits my mouth, the area around my mouth starts to develop sores and hive-like bumps that itch and swell. My face will look so awful I don't want to leave the house. Sometimes my throat will swell and I will be over-whelmed with nausea. Since I've started avoiding it, I don't get half as many migraines. It is so frustrating - it seems like everything has garlic in it and it's almost impossible to completely avoid. I have to read the ingredients to everything at the grocery store, I have to ask wherever I eat out if this or that has garlic in it. (Going to an Italian restaurant is out of the question; the air has garlic in it...) If I'm invited to dinner at a friend's home, I have to ask the host what does and does not have garlic in it. I have to make most everything from scratch at home. And I never knew until reading this article that things like ketchup have trace amounts. No wonder I feel sick so often. 

     

    I won't ramble on; my statements would be redundant. I think y'all have covered most of my pains and concerns and questions. It's reassuring to know I'm not alone in this (like I've thought for so many years), but it's awful that so many people suffer this allergy. I do wish it was taken more serious.

     

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this article. I'm going to share it with some of my "you're crazy" friends and family.

  • HS
    HS
    Dec. 14, 2011

    After years of crippling fatigue, horrible gastrointestinal problems, and the whole range that goes along with that, I finally discovered that i have a number of intolerances: dairy, caffeine, sugar, onion & garlic, chicken, lamb, wheat.. and like you it makes my life very difficult, especially traveling or socializing, it's almost impossible to enjoy.....

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    After years of crippling fatigue, horrible gastrointestinal problems, and the whole range that goes along with that, I finally discovered that i have a number of intolerances: dairy, caffeine, sugar, onion & garlic, chicken, lamb, wheat.. and like you it makes my life very difficult, especially traveling or socializing, it's almost impossible to enjoy.. but the positive side is that now I know where my problems were steming from, so when I cut those out completely I feel like a different person.. Having said that , I wasn't able to cut them out for too long, i did for almost 6 months, then I caved in, it certainly is a hardship.. and I feel horrible most of the time again, it requires so much discipline + no spontaneity!! But i've done some research and there's a "cure" for food intolerances, with bioresonance therapy and there's also a way of de-sensitizing yourself with homeopathic remedies.. I'm all for holistic therapy vs. mainstream medicine for most things.. I haven't tried either one yet, I just discovered them + they're not in my area.. but i recommend you look into that, it's worth it, anything is probably better than what we have to go through on a daily basis :)

    • Anonymous
      Desire
      Jan. 04, 2012

       

      I get so sick that i will rather shoot myself... until I found

       

      Electro/Ionic Colloidal Silver.... try it, maybe it will work for u guys 2Undecided

       

      I drink a cap full before i know i'm going to eat garlic,

      half a cap full / a cup full afterwards with two pain killers... grandpa/comprals

       

      I think u should get it @ any pharmacy... in South...

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      I get so sick that i will rather shoot myself... until I found

       

      Electro/Ionic Colloidal Silver.... try it, maybe it will work for u guys 2Undecided

       

      I drink a cap full before i know i'm going to eat garlic,

      half a cap full / a cup full afterwards with two pain killers... grandpa/comprals

       

      I think u should get it @ any pharmacy... in South Africa a 1000 ml bottle cost me R118.75

  • Anonymous
    Jamie
    Dec. 11, 2011

    Hi

    I have had this food sensitivity plus MSG. This makes eating out and trying to buy food a real chore. Everytime I do eat it and think it is safe, I get a reaction.

    I do most of my own cooking at home and even that can be tricky.

     

    I was thinking, maybe some us could get together and start our own food company and make products that don't contain these...

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    Hi

    I have had this food sensitivity plus MSG. This makes eating out and trying to buy food a real chore. Everytime I do eat it and think it is safe, I get a reaction.

    I do most of my own cooking at home and even that can be tricky.

     

    I was thinking, maybe some us could get together and start our own food company and make products that don't contain these foods.

    What do you think?

     

    Jamie

     

     

    • Karen
      Jan. 01, 2012
      To all who are allergic to MSG. My symptoms are deep thirst, deep sleep and woke up with a bad headache or migraine. I found this out thru a friend. Remedy drink plenty of coca cola. It takes away the migraine and headache. U will feel much better. I think it's the caffeine in coke. It works. Good luck.
  • Anonymous
    aharooly
    Nov. 24, 2011

    I have had problems with garlic since childhood.  I cannot smell it al all, it produces a gagging reflex.  If I gag long enought, then my stomach begins to hurt, I will end up vomitting.  I cannot eat any foods with garlic in it since the tate of it will produce the same gagging effect.  I mus prepare all of my food.  I cannot eat out. ...

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    I have had problems with garlic since childhood.  I cannot smell it al all, it produces a gagging reflex.  If I gag long enought, then my stomach begins to hurt, I will end up vomitting.  I cannot eat any foods with garlic in it since the tate of it will produce the same gagging effect.  I mus prepare all of my food.  I cannot eat out. 

  • Anonymous
    anonymous
    Nov. 22, 2011

    I have had this allergy since 9 yrs. The diagnosis I get from doctors when I have this allergy is kidney and urinary track infection, and anemia. The symptoms are vomiting, blackouts, dizziness and slight migrain. Taking an allergex and iron defficiency tablets reduces the symptoms in an hour or two. My fear is this might results in kidney failure??...

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    I have had this allergy since 9 yrs. The diagnosis I get from doctors when I have this allergy is kidney and urinary track infection, and anemia. The symptoms are vomiting, blackouts, dizziness and slight migrain. Taking an allergex and iron defficiency tablets reduces the symptoms in an hour or two. My fear is this might results in kidney failure??

  • Anonymous
    Jagjeet
    Nov. 11, 2011

    Hello Everyone,

     

    I was searching for some things on Garlic and landed on this page and was surprised to see so many people allergic to Garlic and with no means to avaid it also at times. So I thought I will post this , there is a Allergy Elimination Technique called NAET (http://www.naet.com) which I came across last year and have since seen successful...

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    Hello Everyone,

     

    I was searching for some things on Garlic and landed on this page and was surprised to see so many people allergic to Garlic and with no means to avaid it also at times. So I thought I will post this , there is a Allergy Elimination Technique called NAET (http://www.naet.com) which I came across last year and have since seen successful cases being treated with it for allergies not just wil Garlic but other things too. It is based on meridians and some testing but is very effective. So if you do feel inclined maybe you could try it out...Hoping that it could help you all...

     

    Best,

    Jagjeet

  • Deb
    Deb
    Oct. 16, 2011

    Hi my name is Deb and I have grieved over the garlic problems for about the past 25 years. As I get older the problem gets worse, I have also sufferedfrom bowel cancer so things that dont go well also include raw onion (cooked is ok for some reason), chives cooked or raw and the garlic in any form even just a little. When I have gone out people say its only...

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    Hi my name is Deb and I have grieved over the garlic problems for about the past 25 years. As I get older the problem gets worse, I have also sufferedfrom bowel cancer so things that dont go well also include raw onion (cooked is ok for some reason), chives cooked or raw and the garlic in any form even just a little. When I have gone out people say its only got alittle bit of garlic in it and I say in return it's only got a little bit of poison in it, they don't get it till I say this and become offended. When my ex inlaws found out that I had a problem with garlic they used it more than they ever did, they never used to use it. They were informed that it gives me about 12 hrs of grief tono avail so I began bringing my own food or eat before arriving, their reaction was so embarrassing. I have also taken to spending toomuch time grilling food demonstrators about the garlic content of their product asking them to take it to their supplier, I have come across a story of a person who needs an eppi pen for their allergy its so bad. So Im not the only one which people try to make me feel that way and yes I tend to make every thing myself which sucks when I am ill just cant open some simple fast food. I resort to fruit for my fast food.

     

  • Deb
    Deb
    Oct. 16, 2011

    Hi my name is Deb and I have grieved over the garlic problems for about the past 25 years. As I get older the problem gets worse, I have also sufferedfrom bowel cancer so things that dont go well also include raw onion (cooked is ok for some reason), chives cooked or raw and the garlic in any form even just a little. When I have gone out people say its only...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi my name is Deb and I have grieved over the garlic problems for about the past 25 years. As I get older the problem gets worse, I have also sufferedfrom bowel cancer so things that dont go well also include raw onion (cooked is ok for some reason), chives cooked or raw and the garlic in any form even just a little. When I have gone out people say its only got alittle bit of garlic in it and I say in return it's only got a little bit of poison in it, they don't get it till I say this and become offended. When my ex inlaws found out that I had a problem with garlic they used it more than they ever did, they never used to use it. They were informed that it gives me about 12 hrs of grief tono avail so I began bringing my own food or eat before arriving, their reaction was so embarrassing. I have also taken to spending toomuch time grilling food demonstrators about the garlic content of their product asking them to take it to their supplier, I have come across a story of a person who needs an eppi pen for their allergy its so bad. So Im not the only one which people try to make me feel that way and yes I tend to make every thing myself which sucks when I am ill just cant open some simple fast food. I resort to fruit for my fast food.

     

  • Anonymous
    blane
    Oct. 10, 2011

    personaly i think back before we knew vampires WHEREN'T real people started using alot of garlic to "test" the people around them then we just got use to putting it in evrything so we just kept doing it recently when ever i eat garlic it feels like acid in my stomach and somehow i manged to get garlic the last 3 days in a row

  • MartinaGF
    Sep. 23, 2011

    I also have garlic allergy. Very bad. I used to eat garlic before all the time, until one day I had lunch in Perkins and my life became a little nightmare. I avoid garlic, and most of the time, I have to eat food with it, when I go out. I don't know, it;s not bothering me that much anymore.

  • Anonymous
    Devyn
    Sep. 23, 2011

    I'm allergic and it is so hard, especially in Texas where everyone loves a lot of flavor. To add to that, I'm vegetarian, and often vegetarian precooked meals are loaded with garlic.

     

    Eating out is next to impossible. I miss out on pizza parties, barbecues and most other potluck type situations. Whenever I have a mother's group meeting where people bring...

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    I'm allergic and it is so hard, especially in Texas where everyone loves a lot of flavor. To add to that, I'm vegetarian, and often vegetarian precooked meals are loaded with garlic.

     

    Eating out is next to impossible. I miss out on pizza parties, barbecues and most other potluck type situations. Whenever I have a mother's group meeting where people bring food, almost everyone puts garlic in their food or they forget whether or not it has garlic in it. So I'm stuck with what I brought or with raw veggies sans dip.

     

    It has helped me in some ways though. Because I have to cook my own stuff, I've become healthier and I've learned to eat salads with no dressing.

     

    By the way, I don't seem to have gastronomical reactions like I see most people have here and on other websites. I have a problem with the tongue and throat swelling.

  • ckay
    Sep. 19, 2011

    When I have a meal with garlic in it my breathing becomes more difficult and my stomach get's bloated. Then as my body digests the food I get internal pains that feel like rocks or being pushed through my abdomen. One time in a restaurant I realized it was harder to breath and I felt sluggish so I asked the waitress if there was garlic in the seafood soup I...

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    When I have a meal with garlic in it my breathing becomes more difficult and my stomach get's bloated. Then as my body digests the food I get internal pains that feel like rocks or being pushed through my abdomen. One time in a restaurant I realized it was harder to breath and I felt sluggish so I asked the waitress if there was garlic in the seafood soup I was eating. She said there was and when I told her i was allergic she went into the back room. I can usually tolerate small amounts of garlic but any more and I'll become really sick. Most doctors don't even recognize it as an allergy and suggest that you avoid it. Which is extremely difficult when restaurants don't post what is being put into there food. 

    • Laurie
      Sep. 19, 2011

      Same things happen to me. I recently started taking Prevacid and this helps with the heartburn. I also got an inhaler (Albuterol) for when I have difficulty breathing.

  • Anonymous
    Leeeena865
    Sep. 18, 2011

    I have had very similar problem over the last couple of months. My mom got this new recipe for a salad dressing that contains nothing but mushed raw garlic and olive oil with some pepper ect. Every time I eat a salad with that dressing my stomach hurts a lot, I feel bloated, crampy, and nauseous. Usually I can't go to sleep without making the pain go away,...

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    I have had very similar problem over the last couple of months. My mom got this new recipe for a salad dressing that contains nothing but mushed raw garlic and olive oil with some pepper ect. Every time I eat a salad with that dressing my stomach hurts a lot, I feel bloated, crampy, and nauseous. Usually I can't go to sleep without making the pain go away, so I usually take some Nexium or Maalox, drink a hot tea and just wait it out, but I think it is coming from garlic. On top of it all, I have seasonal allergies, and most of the time after I eat the dressing in the salad, it triggers the asthma and I get an attack.

  • Anonymous
    Kat
    Aug. 23, 2011

    Hi there!

     

    I was doing some searching on garlic allergies and found this post. I'm actually pretty relieved to learn how many other people out there also have garlic allergies...when I was first diagnosed, most of my friends and family were baffled had never heard of such a thing.

     

    When I was 22, I finally expressed concern to my primary care...

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    Hi there!

     

    I was doing some searching on garlic allergies and found this post. I'm actually pretty relieved to learn how many other people out there also have garlic allergies...when I was first diagnosed, most of my friends and family were baffled had never heard of such a thing.

     

    When I was 22, I finally expressed concern to my primary care physician about random symptoms I'd been having for years (probably since I was a teenager)...I'd wake up some mornings with horrible puffy eyes (sometimes almost swollen shut), throat, sinuses, and burning in and around my mouth. These symptoms usually were accompanied by feeling generally tired and unwell...it was like being sick, but no sickness, and it'd disappear within a day. It didn't make much sense to me, but I figured it must have been an allergic reaction to something.

     

    Well, my physician had me take a very in-depth food allergy blood test, which looked at tons of common foods, spices, etc. When my results came back, I was surprised--GARLIC. It all made sense to me after that because I really LOVED garlic and sometimes would use tons of it in my cooking, which must've been causing all my symptoms. I'd never actually made the connection before the blood test.

     

    Not only garlic, but I appear to have a similar allergic reaction to all plants in the Allium family--onions, shallots, leeks, scallions, chives, etc. It's by far the most prominent with garlic and also quite strong with onions. The stereotype is that onions make people's eyes water...well, if I'm even way across the room from someone who is chopping onions or garlic, my whole face/throat/nose start burning and I have to leave because it's so unbearable.

     

    I'm quite sure my garlic allergy is the cause of a lot of my daily discomfort--allergies (puffy throat/sinuses/eyes) and generally feeling tired, which is apparently very common with food allergies. Luckilly, my garlic allergy does not cause me any GI distress, so I don't have to deal with that aspect...but really, having swollen, itchy eyes like I do is just aggravating to no end.

     

    Like you have all expressed, it's extremely frustrating to have a garlic allergy because EVERYTHING HAS GARLIC IN IT! Almost all processed foods do, but beyond that, even most cooked dishes (both at restaurants and homes) involve garlic in some form. I'm also vegetarian, and garlic/onions are used heavily in veggie dishes to replace the flavor in meat dishes. That's why I loved it so much!

     

    An interesting thing to note is that my physician (who is absolutely amazing, by the way) explained to me that sometimes it's possible to get rid of a food allergy by avoiding the food COMPLETELY for several months (or longer). This doesn't always work, though, but he did encourage me to try it.

     

    I'm 25 now and 3 years after my diagnosis, I still haven't managed to get more than a few weeks without garlic. It's just everywhere. It would require so much work, planning and energy for me to ensure that I didn't consume any garlic for months. Right now, as a full-time nursing student who is also working and planning a wedding, that seems nearly impossible.

     

    Whenever I know I'm going to be consuming garlic (especially in larger amounts), I try to take a Benadryl, as well as wash my hands, face and mouth almost immediately after the meal. It obviously doesn't prevent the allergic reaction, but at least it means I can avoid spreading the inflammation all over my skin and face with my own fingers/hands.

     

    I sympathize with everyone...if you learn any more useful info or tips, please share!

  • Celt
    Aug. 05, 2011

    My wife has suffered with a serious garlic allergy for over five years, which now seems to be progressing to cut peppers. Having spoken to quite a number of people about this we have established that this allergy is not as rare as the medical profession seem to believe. We have met a number of people who are effected by garlic to one degree or another. Food...

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    My wife has suffered with a serious garlic allergy for over five years, which now seems to be progressing to cut peppers. Having spoken to quite a number of people about this we have established that this allergy is not as rare as the medical profession seem to believe. We have met a number of people who are effected by garlic to one degree or another. Food manufacturers often to not include it on their list of ingredients.

    The smallest intake of garlic results in severe stomach cramps, described as often worse than giving birth,and projectile vomiting. Even with medication this has sometimes lasted for days.

    I cannot find any research around this subject, and would be interested to contact anyone who has a professional interest.

    • Sassynz
      Aug. 21, 2011

      Just been reading this post with interest - I am unable to eat both onion and garlic.  It is an intolerance thing rather than a true allergy.  For those people who have posted regarding a similar thing, pls consider that you may have an intolerance to Fructans - garlic and onion are very high in both of these, and that is why I can't tolerate them. ...

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      Just been reading this post with interest - I am unable to eat both onion and garlic.  It is an intolerance thing rather than a true allergy.  For those people who have posted regarding a similar thing, pls consider that you may have an intolerance to Fructans - garlic and onion are very high in both of these, and that is why I can't tolerate them.  I am following a low FODMAP diet to combat this.

    • Sassynz
      Aug. 21, 2011

      Just been reading this post with interest - I am unable to eat both onion and garlic.  It is an intolerance thing rather than a true allergy.  For those people who have posted regarding a similar thing, pls consider that you may have an intolerance to Fructans - garlic and onion are very high in both of these, and that is why I can't tolerate them. ...

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      Just been reading this post with interest - I am unable to eat both onion and garlic.  It is an intolerance thing rather than a true allergy.  For those people who have posted regarding a similar thing, pls consider that you may have an intolerance to Fructans - garlic and onion are very high in both of these, and that is why I can't tolerate them.  I am following a low FODMAP diet to combat this.

  • Renee
    Aug. 05, 2011

    I found out about 2 years ago that I was allergic to garlic and onions.  I actually have a rare immune disorder that has caused this.  I understand completely about how it is in EVERYTHING!  I'm also allergic to more foods than you can shake a stick at!! I can't have chicken, pork, turkey, wheat, rice, garlic, onions, olives (olive oil), paprika,...

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    I found out about 2 years ago that I was allergic to garlic and onions.  I actually have a rare immune disorder that has caused this.  I understand completely about how it is in EVERYTHING!  I'm also allergic to more foods than you can shake a stick at!! I can't have chicken, pork, turkey, wheat, rice, garlic, onions, olives (olive oil), paprika, turmeric, and that's just the beginning!!  I totally understand about eating out!!  But! I have found several restaurants that work with me!!  They cook my meat on a piece of foil with absolutely no seasoning (I bring my own mix of spices that I make from home and add it at the table), I usually order a steamed vegetable again with NO seasoning, and a plain baked potato with butter and sour cream on the side.  As for salad dressings, again I make my own at home and bring it with me.

     

    I too travel with my own foods (yes, TSA allows this in small quantities in a cooler with a letter from your doctor!!)!  I am down to working less hours as I can all my own foods!!  Yep, I went home school! I go to the farmers market and make my own salsas, sauces, ketchup, every two to three months and even my own mayonnaise once a month.  I have found that grey poupon is the safest mustard for me (no turmeric or garlic or any other allergic ingredients!).  I too don't eat any processed foods at all.  Our newest favorite channels are the cooking channel and the food network!!  We have learned of so many new foods and cooking techniques by watching it!!  I've also found a butcher to help me make sausage that is pork free!!

     

    I'm now in the process of writing a cook book with all my recipes including the canning stuff and seasoning blends without the garlic!!  I did find a great garlic/onion substitute as well.  It smells awful when you cook with it but if you love the taste of garlic it's a good substitute.  It's called "asafoetida" and there is only one place online that I found that carries it without rice or wheat in it!  It took me nearly a year to find it!  It HAS to be cooked to use it and is very, very, very pungent and strong and you use very, very little when you use it so it isn't in the spice blends I use when I do publish my book.  If anyone is interested in chatting, please feel free to drop me a line.  I'm actually a nurse practitioner and it has been a huge eye opener for me and my colleagues about this whole process. RILEcuyer@gmail.com

    • Anonymous
      Kat
      Aug. 23, 2011

      Just out of curiousity, do you know what your immune condition is that is causing your allergy? If you don't feel up to sharing on this board, no worries.

    • Renee
      Aug. 24, 2011

      It is called a "Complex Complement Immune Disorder".  Actually kind of rare.  From what the hematologist tells me, basically my T-helper cells and my B-cells over-react to everything around me and they don't work together.  So my immune system just goes haywire.  I don't build antibodies to immunizations either.  I'm prone to easy infections,...

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      It is called a "Complex Complement Immune Disorder".  Actually kind of rare.  From what the hematologist tells me, basically my T-helper cells and my B-cells over-react to everything around me and they don't work together.  So my immune system just goes haywire.  I don't build antibodies to immunizations either.  I'm prone to easy infections, yeast infections, colds, and more.  And, what do I do for a living? LOL! Healthcare!  I have drastically cut my work hours and quit working in the ER and Urgent Care Systems.  I now only work part time and work more on my health than anything.  It has made a huge difference in my life.

  • Anonymous
    lesley
    Jul. 29, 2011

    I have known that I was allergic to garlic for 8 years now. Self-diagnosed after process of elimination. My reactions are all intestinal in nature and all I need is a micro bit of it to have me running to the bathroom. I am so careful yet last night got very sick after eating a piece of German chocolate cake from a European bakery. I cannot figure out if the...

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    I have known that I was allergic to garlic for 8 years now. Self-diagnosed after process of elimination. My reactions are all intestinal in nature and all I need is a micro bit of it to have me running to the bathroom. I am so careful yet last night got very sick after eating a piece of German chocolate cake from a European bakery. I cannot figure out if the reaction was to the chocolate, which I've never had an issue with, or if there was garlic in there somewhere! Totally horrible. I hate that I am at the mercy of this strange allergy.

  • Anonymous
    Peter
    Jul. 11, 2011

    I've known for a long time that I had problems with garlic. I used to think it was just an intolerance, since it mainly caused stomach/intestinal problems. But I would even feel sick going into places like Olive Garden. Recently, I was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis which in my case causes my esophagus to swell to the point where I can't swallow, not...

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    I've known for a long time that I had problems with garlic. I used to think it was just an intolerance, since it mainly caused stomach/intestinal problems. But I would even feel sick going into places like Olive Garden. Recently, I was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis which in my case causes my esophagus to swell to the point where I can't swallow, not even water. It is thought to be caused by a food allergy, and as I'm now much more careful about avoiding garlic, I've noticed I have symptons much less often, and never as severly. Dining out is definitely a problem, as are many prepared foods. It seems like garlic powder is included in just about everything with seasoning. It is especially annoying to realize that they don't need to include it on labels.

  • Anonymous
    SMCLOVE
    Jun. 24, 2011

    I too am allergic to garlic and carry an Epi-Pen as fresh garlic will cause me anaphylaxis.  When I ingest garlic powder or salt it causes violent intestinal upset.  A restaurant with garlic in the air will make my eyes swell.  I've had to move seats on a plane as I react to garlic emitting from people's pores.  My husband kissed...

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    I too am allergic to garlic and carry an Epi-Pen as fresh garlic will cause me anaphylaxis.  When I ingest garlic powder or salt it causes violent intestinal upset.  A restaurant with garlic in the air will make my eyes swell.  I've had to move seats on a plane as I react to garlic emitting from people's pores.  My husband kissed me on the forehead once after eating garlic and it caused a huge welt. Blooming Society Garlic, (the purple garlic chive flowers), cause my throat to close and will induce days of asthma.   

     

    Eating out is a nightmare.  So many items unexpectedly contain some form of garlic.  Restaurants often marinate their meat, including hamburgers.  I have to make sure meat is unmarinated and the only seasoning used is salt and pepper.  I only order vinegar and oil for salad dressing and read the labels on any ketchup or mustard.  Barbecue sauce, hot sauce, and pickles are most likely not safe in a restaurant.  I usually can tell if the waiter/waitress is taking the allergy seriously. 

     

    Reading the label every time is a must for anything packaged.  I have used certain items that were garlic free and at some point became reformulated with garlic. Many canned foods like tomato sauce or pinto beans contain garlic salt or powder.  When something says spices it may or may not contain a minute amount of garlic.

     

    It's interesting to find so many others have the same allergy. 

  • Anonymous
    SMCLOVE
    Jun. 24, 2011

    I too am allergic to garlic and carry an Epi-Pen as fresh garlic will cause me anaphylaxis.  When I ingest garlic powder or salt it causes violent intestinal upset.  A restaurant with garlic in the air will make my eyes swell.  I've had to move seats on a plane as I react to garlic emitting from people's pores.  My husband kissed...

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    I too am allergic to garlic and carry an Epi-Pen as fresh garlic will cause me anaphylaxis.  When I ingest garlic powder or salt it causes violent intestinal upset.  A restaurant with garlic in the air will make my eyes swell.  I've had to move seats on a plane as I react to garlic emitting from people's pores.  My husband kissed me on the forehead once after eating garlic and it caused a huge welt. Blooming Society Garlic, (the purple garlic chive flowers), cause my throat to close and will induce days of asthma.   

     

    Eating out is a nightmare.  So many items unexpectedly contain some form of garlic.  Restaurants often marinate their meat, including hamburgers.  I have to make sure meat is unmarinated and the only seasoning used is salt and pepper.  I only order vinegar and oil for salad dressing and read the labels on any ketchup or mustard.  Barbecue sauce, hot sauce, and pickles are most likely not safe in a restaurant.  I usually can tell if the waiter/waitress is taking the allergy seriously. 

     

    Reading the label every time is a must for anything packaged.  I have used certain items that were garlic free and at some point became reformulated with garlic. Many canned foods like tomato sauce or pinto beans contain garlic salt or powder.  When something says spices it may or may not contain a minute amount of garlic.

     

    It's interesting to find so many others have the same allergy. 

    • Anonymous
      Michele
      Aug. 03, 2011

      I anaphylaxed to garlic bread in a reseraunt - had no idea I was allergic. i went to a allergist to figure out why I had almost dies, and it turns out Im allergic to fresh garlic, but not garlic powder. Apparently cooking or processing it changes the shape of the protein so your body identifys it differently. its really common for people to be allergic to the...

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      I anaphylaxed to garlic bread in a reseraunt - had no idea I was allergic. i went to a allergist to figure out why I had almost dies, and it turns out Im allergic to fresh garlic, but not garlic powder. Apparently cooking or processing it changes the shape of the protein so your body identifys it differently. its really common for people to be allergic to the raww form but notthe cooked form of foods. I seem to be ok with garic powder but NOT at all ok with dried garlic or Fresh garlic. 

       

      its a new allergy - just diagnosed about a month ago. Its extremely difficult to manage. Garlic is in just about everything, and the FDA doesnt require that it be listed because its not a common allergy. 

      I often break out in hives.

       

      I ate at a resteraunt and expressed my allergy, they brought my fish out with a garlic garnish. I apologized and sent it back explaining its a life threatening allergy. They re-cooked my meal and as my date had his meal already, they asked me if I wanted the sides. Well I suspect they took the sides off the plate I sent back as I started breaking out in hives about 5 minutes after beginning to eat. 

       

      anyway since that experience, Ive pretty much eaten at home. I ate fast food a few times, thinking it was unlikely that either place has fresh garlic floating around, but I was totally wrong and I got hives 20 min after eating at both carls jr and mcdonalds. 

       

      I just read every lable. Even things like chili powder and lemon pepper have garlic in them. 

  • Anonymous
    eeknogarlic
    Jun. 20, 2011

    It took me 35 years to realize I had an allergy to garlic. I would feel ill, with intestinal distress for a day or 2 afterward. I also found I am allergic to sulpha drugs and most red wines - I think it is the sulfides in these items that are the common culprit. Most restaurants have been able to serve me something especiallyif i ask for it to be prepared very...

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    It took me 35 years to realize I had an allergy to garlic. I would feel ill, with intestinal distress for a day or 2 afterward. I also found I am allergic to sulpha drugs and most red wines - I think it is the sulfides in these items that are the common culprit. Most restaurants have been able to serve me something especiallyif i ask for it to be prepared very plainly so I have been able to eat out most of the time. Prepared and frozen foods (like Lean Cuisine) are a problem, though. I have only found 1 or 2 of thier dishes I can actually eat.

    Most people don't seem to know how to cook without garlic, but I have finally gotten my family to be aware of it and as long as I know what's on the menu ahead of time, I will bring along a dish to pass that I can eat (and share) so at least I don't go away hungry!

  • ben
    ben
    Jun. 16, 2011

    OK....so now how do we organize and take this to congress? I would be only to happy to help get this rolling.

    Contact me at

     appliedsystems@usa.com

  • ben
    ben
    Jun. 16, 2011

    OK....so now how do we organize and take this to congress? I would be only to happy to help get this rolling.

    Contact me at

     appliedsystems@usa.com

  • ben
    ben
    Jun. 16, 2011

    I too live with a garlic allergic wife and she has a rare condition known as Wolfe White Parkinson's and ARVD ( adult right ventricle disease) if she ingest garlic in the most minute amount she usually winds up in the emergency room due to garlic exacerbating her heart condition and causing A-fib which if not converted with an I V of adennisene she could go...

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    I too live with a garlic allergic wife and she has a rare condition known as Wolfe White Parkinson's and ARVD ( adult right ventricle disease) if she ingest garlic in the most minute amount she usually winds up in the emergency room due to garlic exacerbating her heart condition and causing A-fib which if not converted with an I V of adennisene she could go into cardiac arrest.

     Because of this we usually check the ingredients on the foods we purchase. However...about February of this year we started using Kraft Real Mayonnaise over Hellman's due to Kraft's reliability as a food processor and Hellman's increasing there prices...at least in Harford County MD at our local WEIS Supermarket.

     In March of 2011 my wife was ambulated to the emergency room with A-Fib. She hadn't had an episode for over a year. For the past few months following her heart rhythm has been erratic and she was starting to think her heart was going bad as most WWP/ARVD patients don't live past their 40's but some have been known to live to 60 with careful monitoring and careful diets.

     Today...I was making lunch and got out as I have several times a week the jar of KRAFT REAL MAYO and just happened to look at the ingredients and noticed it contained garlic. So now we know why her condition started to deteriorate over these past months. Why would Kraft find the need to put garlic in what I believe to be a perfect food without it? I do not know. I still do not know why companies like Kraft need to put garlic in just about every food processed on the shelves today like frozen entries and packages meats and vegetables.

     The front of the label on the Kraft Mayo states....Kraft Mayonnaise..REAL mayonnaise with no artificial ingredients...just real mayo..period.

     I think it should be called what every body calls mayo when garlic is put into the mix or formulation...GARLIC MAYONNAISE. Watch out people with garlic allergies!!! Avoid KRAFT MAYONNAISE! 

    • John
      Jul. 26, 2011

      The  story of your  wife  is  really amazing,and  believable.  the  ARVD+WPW makes  her  susceptible  of   stress  and  excitement,which  could  trigger  an  arrhythmia , as  has  happened.  Yes is is  sad that  Garlic is  ubiquitous in prepared...

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      The  story of your  wife  is  really amazing,and  believable.  the  ARVD+WPW makes  her  susceptible  of   stress  and  excitement,which  could  trigger  an  arrhythmia , as  has  happened.  Yes is is  sad that  Garlic is  ubiquitous in prepared foods. I just  had  a terrible  reaction to  Kraft Miracle Whip,  and  the  Last ingredient  was garlic.  FYI,  Knorr foods  makes  a garlic  free bullion  cube,  while  almost  all of  the  other  bullion cubes  have  garlic.  Also , I've  been able  to  eat  Campbells veg. Vegetable  soup with out  any reactions-so  far. It  has Onions listed but  no  garlic. Many  brands  Canned  sardines  have  No  garlic.   Yoghurt  and cheese are  also  good  sources of  protein that  are  garlic  free. All  we  can  really  do is to prepare  our  own foods,  call  the  food co's  customer hot lines,ask at restaurants (this  has  worked  for  me), and  accept  our  limitations,so  we  can  keep  on living.   J. Samet MD

  • Hope
    May. 18, 2011

    I was looking for something else and came acroos this site. I didn't realize there were so many others who couldn't eat garlic, onions, etc. My family has had a garlic sensitivity for years. My mother couldn't eat it,nor my father, though my mother had a much more severe reaction than my father did. Subsequently, it was not served in our house. I didn't realize...

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    I was looking for something else and came acroos this site. I didn't realize there were so many others who couldn't eat garlic, onions, etc. My family has had a garlic sensitivity for years. My mother couldn't eat it,nor my father, though my mother had a much more severe reaction than my father did. Subsequently, it was not served in our house. I didn't realize that I was sensetive to it until my husband put garlic salt on hamburgers and it nearly put me in the hospital. Since then, I have been careful. Years later, after a bout with toxemia and preeclampsia, I developed an allergy to wheat and corn. After living on potatos and rice for a year, I found a doctor who wanted me to try something called a polarizer. It worked for the wheat and corn but not the garlic. After using the polarizer for several years, I found that I didn't need it anymore, however, I still have one and on occaision use it for a dairy sensitivity. If interested, you can still buy one; just find polarzier on the web. Like everyone else, I try to avoid the offending food. It's harder now because I live with family and they use alot of garlic and onions. At those time, I make my own food. Anyway, I guess we are getting to be quite a large club.

    • Anonymous
      rchase
      May. 23, 2011

      I've had wheat, garlic, apple, and red dye#40 sensitivity for 30 years. I was told I had ADD and severe allergies. The doctors milked my family for treatment for years. Finally a kind group of people with similar problems at my work riddled me out of it.

      All of my issues cause migraines which are non painful causing ADD like symptoms. I could hardly function. ...

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      I've had wheat, garlic, apple, and red dye#40 sensitivity for 30 years. I was told I had ADD and severe allergies. The doctors milked my family for treatment for years. Finally a kind group of people with similar problems at my work riddled me out of it.

      All of my issues cause migraines which are non painful causing ADD like symptoms. I could hardly function.  Now that I'm not saturated with toxic food, I can fee a bad food as I begin to eat it.  It makes my nervous system buzz. I thought these were the GOOD foods previously. Pepperoini, Pizza Sauce, Pizza dough, and apple pie.  Bad Bad Bad for me. I was addicted to being stoned on senstivities.  The high lasts about 36 hours, and the hang over lasts 3 days after being saturated.

      My allergies were Soooo Bad, I could hardly breathe, and snotty as a 3 year old during allergy season.  I was bloated fat too.  

      It took only 3 days of eating only rice and water, to find out I was completely toxic.  I was euphoric for weeks, until garlic was found, then Red Dye #40 how exciting. And angry, then euphoric.

      Have any medical condition or neurological disorder? Eat plain rice and water and bland meat for a week, then tell the doctors to go shove it a week later when you're healthy.

       

  • Anonymous
    Linds
    May. 11, 2011

    Hello my fellow sufferers

     

    I have always had a minor allergy to garlic which left me with stomache pains, bloating, vomiting.  But about 6 monthes ago my allergy became much more severe and i can no longer tolerate any form of garlic.  I hate that companies dont list it in their ingredients labels either, as i have suffered some major reactions...

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    Hello my fellow sufferers

     

    I have always had a minor allergy to garlic which left me with stomache pains, bloating, vomiting.  But about 6 monthes ago my allergy became much more severe and i can no longer tolerate any form of garlic.  I hate that companies dont list it in their ingredients labels either, as i have suffered some major reactions because of this.  If I am to ingest garlic in any form my body swells and becomes itchy, sever asthma attacks for days, vomiting, bloating, severe face rashes especially around my mouth which are irritatingly itchy, and i feel tired but my body aches and keeps me awake. 

     This allergy is terrible as it has affected my social life terribly.  I have given up on eating out as the last 20 times i have eaten out has resulted in terrible allergic reactions. 

    I worry about traveling and if I would be able to survivie on the local food provided.  Aside from traveling I generally find it difficult even to eat at home as i live off fresh veggies, seafood, rice, and fruit.  I miss pasta sauce, bbq sauce, terriyaki, generally i miss FLAVOR. I cannot find any options for sauces to put on my now staple dinner of stirfry.  

    This web page makes me feel better and sad all at the same time.  For so many years i thought this allergy was all in my head and maybe i would grow out of it or i was just got the flu alot, however im glad im not alone and I feel for all of you fellow sefferers out there.  We need to petition companies to make it mandatory that garlic be listed on all packaging if it contains such ingredients.  I am currently in school to become a lawyer and I will make this happen if i can. 

    • Laurie
      May. 11, 2011

      Yay for lawyers! I definitely think we need to champion this cause a little more. Check out the Garlic Allergy/Intolerance page on Facebook. A few days ago, somebody posted a link to a Food Allergy Bill in Massachusetts. That would be one way to start. I think it's just ridiculous that we have to learn how to make our own mayo and BBQ sauce! 

       

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      Yay for lawyers! I definitely think we need to champion this cause a little more. Check out the Garlic Allergy/Intolerance page on Facebook. A few days ago, somebody posted a link to a Food Allergy Bill in Massachusetts. That would be one way to start. I think it's just ridiculous that we have to learn how to make our own mayo and BBQ sauce! 

       

      As for sauce, I have a recipe that I love for stir-fry chicken w/brocolli. The only questionable ingredients are soy sauce and ketchup. Use Annie's ketchup, if you can find it.

       

      Bourbon chicken
      Ingredients:
      1 1/2-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite size pieces)
      1-2 T olive oil
      1 garlic clove, crushed
      1/4 tsp ginger
      3/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
      1/4 c. apple juice (in the comments section on Recipezaar, some people substituted pineapple juice or orange juice)
      1/3 c. light brown sugar
      2 T ketchup
      1 T cider vinegar (in the comments section on Recipezaar, some people substituted balsamic vinger or did half and half)
      1/2 c. water
      1/3 c. soy sauce

      Directions:
      Heat oil in a large skillet. Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned. Remove chicken. Add remaining ingredients, heating over medium heat until well dissolved. Add chicken and bring to a hard boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve over hot rice.

      NOTES: On Recipezaar, some people mixed cornstarch and water and added it at the end to thicken the sauce.

  • Anonymous
    kcsm
    Apr. 10, 2011

    I am not the only one!

     

    I am also allergic to onions and garlic! I am in culinary school for pastry arts and everyone at my school thought I was so weird. Turns out another girl in my small class of 16 is also allergic to garlic and stays away from onions.

     

    I carry an epipen at all times, my allergist isn't sure how much will set...

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    I am not the only one!

     

    I am also allergic to onions and garlic! I am in culinary school for pastry arts and everyone at my school thought I was so weird. Turns out another girl in my small class of 16 is also allergic to garlic and stays away from onions.

     

    I carry an epipen at all times, my allergist isn't sure how much will set if off because it can happen from just smelling it or from taking a pill (took an antioxidant that had onion and garlic juice in it and had a reaction)

     

    When I have a reaction my eyes swell and continue to swell, the skin around them gets extremely dry and sometimes get a rash on my face. My eyes will swell shut and become black and blue until the garlic or onion has completely cleared my system...and sometimes the bridge of my nose will swell too. Also, my throat will itch and it is hard to breathe. 

     

    Originally when this all started my allergist told me to take benadryl. Since it makes me tired, I would take it at night and would wake up with my eyes more swollen and puffy than when I fell asleep.  For the longest time I could not figure it out to save the life of me. Eventually I stopped taking the benadryl because I ran out. The swelling went away after a couple of days. I still didn't put two and two together.  Turns out, I am also allergic to benadryl.

     

    Within the last year and a half I have become allergic to:

     

    Onions, garlic, bee stings, benadryl and now, soy.

     

    So thankful to find this site!

    • Anonymous
      smlr
      May. 09, 2011

      I have had this problem with garlic for years now.  If it is "hidden" in a meal, I am usually in pain before my plate is even empty.  Yesterday I had 4-5 bites of a spinach dip at my sisters - I have been in agony ALL day today - we're talking 24+ hrs later.  Horrible stomach cramps.  I was told by my allergist it is not an allergy unless...

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      I have had this problem with garlic for years now.  If it is "hidden" in a meal, I am usually in pain before my plate is even empty.  Yesterday I had 4-5 bites of a spinach dip at my sisters - I have been in agony ALL day today - we're talking 24+ hrs later.  Horrible stomach cramps.  I was told by my allergist it is not an allergy unless I react with hives or other ways like that.  He says it is an intolerance....whatever it is, it's HORRIBLE! Garlic is evil!

  • Kory
    Apr. 07, 2011

    Wow! I thought I was the only one with this allergy! People think I'm crazy and you can't imagine how tough it is to eat a good meal and get good service!

    I have been allergic to garlic my entire life, but I didn't realize what I had until 5 years ago (I'm 35 now). As a kid my mom and grandma cooked every meal with garlic, and I was sick all the time! I was...

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    Wow! I thought I was the only one with this allergy! People think I'm crazy and you can't imagine how tough it is to eat a good meal and get good service!

    I have been allergic to garlic my entire life, but I didn't realize what I had until 5 years ago (I'm 35 now). As a kid my mom and grandma cooked every meal with garlic, and I was sick all the time! I was diagnosed with Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease at the age of 6, after having an endoscopy, when the doctor said my stomach was bleeding and a solid sore! Long story short my entire life I struggled with stomach problems, and in turn Panic Disorder! Holiday's, Vacations anything that should have been a fun exciting time in my life was always ruined with a horrible stomach ache, nausea and lethargy. I could never find a medicine that worked. I was always treated for Reflux and never an allergy. 5 years ago and 2 children later I ate a wonderful garlic filled meal at PF Changs and got so incredibly sick that I couldn't drive to the airport to pick up my best friend! It was then I realized it HAS to be garlic! It has been 5 Years since I have purposely eaten garlic; my whole life has completely changed. There have been of course a few times that I have mistakenly eaten garlic and I knew within 10 minutes that I had ingested it! Here is what I have experience:

     

    Extreme Exhaustion (to the point I can't drive or stay awake!)

    Spacey

    Stomach Pain/Cramps

    Shaking

    Cold

    Heart pounding

    Diarrhea

     

    I'm so glad I looked on this site and read that people share the same symptoms as me. People really think I am full of it sometimes clearly I am not the only one who suffers from this annoying food allergy!

     

  • Anonymous
    Margaret Johnson
    Apr. 02, 2011

    My husband is allergic to garlic and onions, he will violently throw up if he has very much, a trace will just make him sick.  It is difficult to avoid, although they do have to list it in ingredients, we get a lot of our food from food pantries, and cupboards stuffed with stuff he can't eat...I don't like to eat alone, and just cook for myself, but we...

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    My husband is allergic to garlic and onions, he will violently throw up if he has very much, a trace will just make him sick.  It is difficult to avoid, although they do have to list it in ingredients, we get a lot of our food from food pantries, and cupboards stuffed with stuff he can't eat...I don't like to eat alone, and just cook for myself, but we are forced to make meals separately, if we both can afford to eat.  Today a friend brought by fresh vegetables from a food pantry, and the onion and green onion were in the same bag, which means now I have potatoes, squash, and peppers that only I can eat...wish they could be a little more careful, also at subway, I have a very difficult time, their vegetables are strewn with onion, that they drop and to try to get them a new pan is like they don't speak english.  McDonalds...plain hamburgers, almost impossible. French fries at anyplace that serves onion rings is a definate no! It does force us to not eat boxed or packaged and most canned foods, which is probably a good thing, but we also go hungry a lot. Once someone made spegetti for us, and cooked a separate pot for my husband, but stirred both with the same spoon, then, they had to spend an hour cleaning up what my husband threw up all over their walls, lol, guess they believe us now! There is a way, if the food source or packaging is unknown, to test it to see if it has anything in it you are allergic to, it is called muscle testing.  You put what you want to test, have someone hold it under your throat, or if no one is there to help, balance it with your wrist there, and put your thumb and middle finger together on both hands, insert your thumb and middle finger of your left hand inside your right circle..and try to pull the fingers apart, if they come apart, do not eat it, if they stay together, as you are holding them tightly, it is okay.  You can do this with perscription or over the counter medecines, and herbs also. They don't know why this works, doesn't matter, it does work and can be very helpful.  Thanks for a place to vent! lol

  • imissgarlic
    Jan. 14, 2011

    I too have a garlic allergy and it does affect me in different ways depending on if it's garlic powder, raw garlic, how long it's been cooked, etc...but I do get the stomach aches, cramping, need to go to the bathroom often, headaches/ out of it feeling.   I try to avoid garlic as much as possible. But, if I do eat it, peppermint really helps me. ...

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    I too have a garlic allergy and it does affect me in different ways depending on if it's garlic powder, raw garlic, how long it's been cooked, etc...but I do get the stomach aches, cramping, need to go to the bathroom often, headaches/ out of it feeling.   I try to avoid garlic as much as possible. But, if I do eat it, peppermint really helps me.  I either eat a starlight mint or chew peppermint gum.  I have never tried peppermint oil but that might help too.   It doesn't totally take away the pain/ stomach cramps but it does make me burp more and in turn that makes me feel a lot better.   

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Mar. 06, 2011

      Just found this thread complaining about how people with garlic allergies are making it up-- so upsetting!!!

       

      http://forums.foodservice.com/index.cfm?FSF_action=view_thread&FSF_UI_tab=forum&FSF_ID=17359

       

      grrr!!! we really need to spread the word on this-- it happened to me today.  the restaurant promised the dishes i had contained no...

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      Just found this thread complaining about how people with garlic allergies are making it up-- so upsetting!!!

       

      http://forums.foodservice.com/index.cfm?FSF_action=view_thread&FSF_UI_tab=forum&FSF_ID=17359

       

      grrr!!! we really need to spread the word on this-- it happened to me today.  the restaurant promised the dishes i had contained no garlic-- fast forward two hours and I am DYING!! we need to find and antidote!!

       

  • kmom
    Jan. 13, 2011

    I have had a garlic allergy since I was about 14.  Until I got pregnant with my daughter my allergy was limited to only fatigue, weakness, nausia and the unability to eat.  Since I came down with the allergy I have done my best to stay away from it totally and came in contact with garlic salt or powder once in a while. If I had anything with garlic...

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    I have had a garlic allergy since I was about 14.  Until I got pregnant with my daughter my allergy was limited to only fatigue, weakness, nausia and the unability to eat.  Since I came down with the allergy I have done my best to stay away from it totally and came in contact with garlic salt or powder once in a while. If I had anything with garlic in it I would be sick for up to 3 weeks and only able to eat crackers, chicken broth and other liquids.  Once my daughter was born my allergy got much worse.  Now if I accidentally eat something with dried or fresh garlic in it my mouth burns and throat closes within minutes.  I have to carry an epi-pen everywhere.  On top of this if I have something with garlic powder or salt my mouth tingles and I get blisters inside my mouth.  Most recently I started getting violently ill when I come across garlic and when I accidentally have it I end up unable to eat or drink.

  • john davies
    Dec. 20, 2010

    I do feel sorry for you. im allergic to garlic alone, it gives me chronic heartburn and indigestion. Ive lost count of the number of items we.ve chucked in the bin after finding they contain garlic or garlic powder, why the hell do they have to put it in everything from tinned spaghetti to petza

  • Karen
    Nov. 18, 2010

    I developed the same allergy when I was in my 30's.  I can not tolerate any form of Garlic,  That includes powder or salt.  I have the same symptoms.  You are not alone.  In fact my Aunt developed the same allergy in her 30's as well. This is how I found out it is inherited.  My Grandfather suffered from this as well. 

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    I developed the same allergy when I was in my 30's.  I can not tolerate any form of Garlic,  That includes powder or salt.  I have the same symptoms.  You are not alone.  In fact my Aunt developed the same allergy in her 30's as well. This is how I found out it is inherited.  My Grandfather suffered from this as well. 

     

     I find that when I eat out. I stick to unseasoned steak, baked potato, salad without croutons and no dressing.  Oil and vinegar on the side. (Boring) This seems to be my standard meal.  Word of adivice, stay away from Chinese Resturants..They put garlic in everything.  Thai places are made to order so sometimes I have had luck with them making dishes without garlic.  I believe that we are at the mercy of the waiter or waitress to really check with the kitchen to see if garlic is in the dishes they serve.  I also read all ingredients labels at the supermarket. When I travel for business I live off of granola bars and trail mix as well.

     

    I am glad I found this site.  I did not realize there were that many of us out there.

     

    I always thought that if more attention was brought to light on this Garlic food allergy that more resturants would offer garlic free meals.. like they do for people with gluten or egg allergies.  At the very least they would label the choices on the menus to notify us of the garlic in the dish.  

     

     

  • Audrey
    Nov. 10, 2010

    Wow, this is very interesting to me!  I have been trying to solve a recent bout of depression and teariness, and in my research found this site.  I had not been depressed or teary, but while living with a relative in September I became unexplainably teary and depressed.  I finally had to move out since I was desperate to feel happy again. ...

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    Wow, this is very interesting to me!  I have been trying to solve a recent bout of depression and teariness, and in my research found this site.  I had not been depressed or teary, but while living with a relative in September I became unexplainably teary and depressed.  I finally had to move out since I was desperate to feel happy again.  That was 6 weeks ago and I have been fine from nearly the moment I moved out. 

     

    I suspected a food allergy or caffeine overload, but hadn't ever put food and depression together.  I'm 50 years old.  During that month our diet was 'normal' other than my aunt's inordinate use of garlic powder and onion powder in nearly every dinner, as well as extremely strong coffee.  I have had teary days following eating at the Mongolian BBQ or having take-out Chinese.  I suspected MSG, salt, or 'that time of month' but mostly just tried to avoid Chinese food. 

     

    After reading this forum, I am putting some pieces together.  I know I have a strong sensitivity to Easter Lilies and cannot be in the same room without getting a runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing.

     

    I don't think what I have is a full blown allergy to either lilies or garlic, but does anyone else have a similar reaction to garlic powder or onion powder, and Chinese food with no other allergy symptoms?  Are there specific ingredients I should be identifying in Chinese foods that I can avoid?

     

    I'd appreciate additional information and resources.

    • Margaret
      Nov. 16, 2010

      I have been aware of an intolerance of garlic since my mid-30's when I had big gas bubble problems after eating the salads at Olive Garden where they use Garlic Juice in the dressing.  A few years later, after eating a fish baked with big chunks of garlic I was violently vomiting all night.

       

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      I have been aware of an intolerance of garlic since my mid-30's when I had big gas bubble problems after eating the salads at Olive Garden where they use Garlic Juice in the dressing.  A few years later, after eating a fish baked with big chunks of garlic I was violently vomiting all night.

       

      BUT, I simply adore garlic and have fortunately found that any dish I cook from scratch that includes tomatoes with the garlic does not cause me problems.

  • shaun
    Oct. 01, 2010

    My Wife is also allergic to garlic, i agree in the uk , there is so much garlic in preprepared sauces etc it make life so difficult try to avaid garlic in food in shops and resturants , we rearly gom out, as at time they do not tell the truth when we ask is there garlic, they just say no, and my wife then spends the night ill

  • Anonymous
    Michael R.
    Sep. 20, 2010

    I, too, suffer from a sensitivity to garlic (thought not onions).  I would love to know what causes the problem and then find a solution.  Until that time, I have learned two things that help:

     

    1.  Whenever possible, I avoid garlic.  When cooking, I find that shallots make an acceptable substitute.  But, I recognize that it is...

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    I, too, suffer from a sensitivity to garlic (thought not onions).  I would love to know what causes the problem and then find a solution.  Until that time, I have learned two things that help:

     

    1.  Whenever possible, I avoid garlic.  When cooking, I find that shallots make an acceptable substitute.  But, I recognize that it is a matter of personal taste.

     

    2.  When I cannot avoid garlic, I try to minimize how much I have and then take papaya enzyme after the meal.  Papaya works great though it took some experimentation to determine how many tablets to take.  Of course, the dosage is also dependent on the amount of garlic consumed.

  • Anonymous
    Michael R.
    Sep. 20, 2010

    I, too, suffer from a sensitivity to garlic (thought not onions).  I would love to know what causes the problem and then find a solution.  Until that time, I have learned two things that help:

     

    1.  Whenever possible, I avoid garlic.  When cooking, I find that shallots make an acceptable substitute.  But, I recognize that it is...

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    I, too, suffer from a sensitivity to garlic (thought not onions).  I would love to know what causes the problem and then find a solution.  Until that time, I have learned two things that help:

     

    1.  Whenever possible, I avoid garlic.  When cooking, I find that shallots make an acceptable substitute.  But, I recognize that it is a matter of personal taste.

     

    2.  When I cannot avoid garlic, I try to minimize how much I have and then take papaya enzyme after the meal.  Papaya works great though it took some experimentation to determine how many tablets to take.  Of course, the dosage is also dependent on the amount of garlic consumed.

  • April Armstrong
    Sep. 03, 2010

    I've had this allergy for 6 years. it gives me really bad cramps in my midsection. I do have one relief and that is good mint. I'm not talking about peppermint or seperiment.... just plain mint. Have it with chocolate or other things, but talking it before or right after eating out help subside these cramps. of course different things...

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    I've had this allergy for 6 years. it gives me really bad cramps in my midsection. I do have one relief and that is good mint. I'm not talking about peppermint or seperiment.... just plain mint. Have it with chocolate or other things, but talking it before or right after eating out help subside these cramps. of course different things for different people. Smile

  • Anonymous
    NO-Garlic13
    Sep. 02, 2010

    For years I have been getting sick, then I finally pinpointed it. I was diagnosed with IBS and have eliminated all foods, and finally this site came along. I have been feeling better but recently ate a couple slices of pizza... with sauce. Not good. It is going to be hard eating out from now on.

    We should all get together and make a huge garlic-free menu or...

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    For years I have been getting sick, then I finally pinpointed it. I was diagnosed with IBS and have eliminated all foods, and finally this site came along. I have been feeling better but recently ate a couple slices of pizza... with sauce. Not good. It is going to be hard eating out from now on.

    We should all get together and make a huge garlic-free menu or something along the lines of that, so we can help people in the future. Fast food is usually safe, but when I want to go out to eat I do not want it to always have to be fast food, I will end up huge and unhealthy :(

    • Anonymous
      Sues
      Sep. 05, 2010

      I am dairy, gluten, egg, soy, garlic, pork and almond allergic. Thus you can imagine how hard it is to eat out. There are only a few places that will work with me on this. I use chipotle chili powder which is garlic free and it adds that extra kick to recipes or straight on chicken, fish, or turkey.

  • Anonymous
    Fay
    Aug. 24, 2010

    I have vestibular neuritits.  It means I get an imbalance.  One of the causes is eating garlic.  There are others, chocolate, MSG, sour cream anything made with yeast,  usually when I eat more than one, but it has happened after a lovely salad with garlic dressing.  I was in bed for 2 days.  Try to get something in a restaurant...

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    I have vestibular neuritits.  It means I get an imbalance.  One of the causes is eating garlic.  There are others, chocolate, MSG, sour cream anything made with yeast,  usually when I eat more than one, but it has happened after a lovely salad with garlic dressing.  I was in bed for 2 days.  Try to get something in a restaurant without MSG or garlic.  It isn't easy. 

  • C.Stade01
    Aug. 18, 2010

    you have opened my eyes to a whole new agenda to my personal stomach problems..i have for years tried to find a solution to my stomach pain and doctors have found nothing..let alone have they even tried but i started to do research of my own..i stopped eating fiber one bars..held back on milk...cut down on fried foods and it has just occurred to me that i love...

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    you have opened my eyes to a whole new agenda to my personal stomach problems..i have for years tried to find a solution to my stomach pain and doctors have found nothing..let alone have they even tried but i started to do research of my own..i stopped eating fiber one bars..held back on milk...cut down on fried foods and it has just occurred to me that i love and i mean LOVE ranch...(?????) thats where my light bulb in my head went off..my body might not be able to break down garlic! everytime i eat at home (what my mother cooks) i feel bloated, over-full, and gasey! Also on top of all this, i am always extremely fatigued..i feel lik i always need a nap and i always get headaches..i figured it was bc i work in the sun and i am overly stressed! anyways..thank you very much for being open about your life..bc i am looking at everything soo much differently!!!!

    -cassie-

  • Anonymous
    Irene
    Aug. 15, 2010

    A family friend has severe reactions to even the smell of garlic - they are also severely allergic to penicillin - what these have in common is the antibiotic properties... suggest additional testing and to consider using caution with antibiotics... 

  • Kate
    Jul. 31, 2010

    Garlic had never bothered me growing up but when I was pregnant with my first child I had a very unusual reaction to garlic. My brother and I were huge fans of garlic my mothers garlic lettuce and we hadn't had it for years, she made us a bowl to share one chritmas and the next day I was a wipe-out, useless and slept all day. I put it down to being pregnant......

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    Garlic had never bothered me growing up but when I was pregnant with my first child I had a very unusual reaction to garlic. My brother and I were huge fans of garlic my mothers garlic lettuce and we hadn't had it for years, she made us a bowl to share one chritmas and the next day I was a wipe-out, useless and slept all day. I put it down to being pregnant... but I noticed it started happening more and more often. Eventually I worked it out to be garlic.

    My symptoms are a mix of extreem fatigue, usually the next day. After sleeping I can be awake for 1-3 hours and then I'm completely exhausted again.

    I also feel like I've had a hard night drinking or I get flu like symptoms sluggish, grumpy, light headed, sometimes itchy eyes but always tired.

    Of course most people don't believe me, with garlic being the miracle food it is!

    My symptoms are usually caused from actual garlic cloves in cooking, powdered garlic and powdered onions... I wasn't aware it was from onions too but I discovered this when the symptoms started after a few flavours of Smith chips, especially chicken and cheese and onion.... with onion it only seems to be onion powders.... Yes, garlic is in just about everything!

    Since I worked out the garlic allergy, and after 2 children I also discovered that I sometimes have lower than average blood pressure and I'm sometimes anemic... I wonder if these things makes the garlic reactions worse or even cause them?

     

    • molf
      Aug. 13, 2010

      I have similar symptoms... I have been to ENT specialists and Neurologists... I even went to a Sleep lab! and they found nothing... until i figured it out... I get dizzy spells like i am going to faint, It feels as if i have a hang-over, i lose motor senses.  The smell of it also gives me headaches and drowsyness. most foods do not mention garlic as an...

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      I have similar symptoms... I have been to ENT specialists and Neurologists... I even went to a Sleep lab! and they found nothing... until i figured it out... I get dizzy spells like i am going to faint, It feels as if i have a hang-over, i lose motor senses.  The smell of it also gives me headaches and drowsyness. most foods do not mention garlic as an ingredient. I had KFC hot wings today and i could not drive home, if you ask the waiters at KFC they will say it is not in their food but they just dont know.

       

      Chicken and Barberque spices also have garlic!

       

      If there is a cure/remedy, please post it.

  • rachelle
    Jun. 18, 2010

    Hello garlic sufferers! I too am thrilled like the most of you that I have found this forum as I am 99% positive I also have an allergy or intolerance to garlic. I have been experiencing fatigue, stomach issues (mostly in the lower abdominal region), vomiting, head aches and extreme lethargy. I was "diagnosed" with IBS due to high stress levels I had been experiencing...

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    Hello garlic sufferers! I too am thrilled like the most of you that I have found this forum as I am 99% positive I also have an allergy or intolerance to garlic. I have been experiencing fatigue, stomach issues (mostly in the lower abdominal region), vomiting, head aches and extreme lethargy. I was "diagnosed" with IBS due to high stress levels I had been experiencing but I found it odd that it wasn't consistent. I kept a food diary and record of when I felt most ill for an entire month and just could not think of what it was that was driving the aforementioned symptoms. I am just 21 and was feeling very disturbed not knowing what was wrong. I had been to my family doctor twice and they only tested me for parasites and dismissed allergies due to no conclusion from my food diary. I find that to be a bit negligent now because obviously there was some sort of trend- and this is the consumption of garlic/onions. What has convinced me more that my self diagnosis is correct is the fact that lilies and bulbous plants make me feel extremely ill. I can't be in the same room as them and they give me migraines and just the smell makes me sick. To be honest, I am really upset to find out about this because I LOVE garlic but at the same time it's such a relief. I am currently at a conference and I know they wont accommodate my garlic preference so I'm looking forward to taking it out my diet when I return home and to seeing if it is in fact the issue- though I am quite convinced. I will keep you updated and see if I start feeling better. Cross your fingers. Thanks for all your insight. 

    • Anonymous
      el
      Jun. 26, 2010

      I've never been allergy tested. I became aware of my garlic allergy around 20 years ago when I recognised a pattern. Garlic upsets my stomach pretty badly and makes my tongue tingle and numb. My digestion has always been on the delicate side, I suffer from acid reflux, so ultimately I am  happier with bland dishes. Boring, inconvenient,...

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      I've never been allergy tested. I became aware of my garlic allergy around 20 years ago when I recognised a pattern. Garlic upsets my stomach pretty badly and makes my tongue tingle and numb. My digestion has always been on the delicate side, I suffer from acid reflux, so ultimately I am  happier with bland dishes. Boring, inconvenient, and a real drag socially, it's true, but it beats a tingling numb tongue, gas, pain, diarrhea, headache and heartburn. 

       

        I travel alot for work and am at the mercy of restaurants and caterers.  Sometimes I can get away with some dishes that contain minimal or very cooked down garlic But I avoid it as best I can and always ask what is in a dish. Sometimes my tongue will tingle and instantly go numb from one taste of garlic laden food. I know immediately that I can't eat it.

       

       

      I also have trouble with onions and can't stand lillies. Can't stay in the same room! Never really thought that was related to my garlic intolerance.

       

      But who would think that I would have trouble with Aloe Vera?!  I am endlessly on the search for acid reflux relief, so after a particularly intense bout, I thought I would start taking aloe vera gel. It's soothing, natural, coats your stomach and  detoxifies - embodying all the crunchy-granola-natural healing-can't hurt a fly qualities you could ever desire.  

       

      I didn't recognise a reaction immediately from the aloe vera. I was feeling pretty lousy and my doctor started me on prilosec, which has it's own bunch of side effects to sort out, so alot was going on. Then I started to recognise the symptoms seperately from everything else - headache, very funky feeling tongue. So I jump on the internet, just to see if you can have an allergic reation to aloe vera and low and behold you can. And it usually effects people who have allergic reactions to onions, garlic and the liliaceae family.

       

      Who knew?

  • Anonymous
    Ebony
    Jun. 03, 2010

    i have a severe allergy to garlic. its really weird because the allergy didnt come till about two years ago. it sucks because i never know if someone ever used garlic to cook with, and i always idmediately get a reaction. when i ate food that was cooked with whole cloves of garlic it made me really sick, my stomach got upset and it made me vomit, and when i...

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    i have a severe allergy to garlic. its really weird because the allergy didnt come till about two years ago. it sucks because i never know if someone ever used garlic to cook with, and i always idmediately get a reaction. when i ate food that was cooked with whole cloves of garlic it made me really sick, my stomach got upset and it made me vomit, and when i ate food that was cooked with garlic seasonings i broke out in severe hives all over and they lasted for a couple of days. this allergy sucks, i try to avoid it but it gets hard lol. does anyone else have these reactions, and what can i do to help my crazy allergy.

  • Anonymous
    blchrist
    May. 24, 2010

    My husband had his first reaction to garlic chunks on pizza about 15 years ago. He has had similar reactions since then. His stomach would cramp up, gas... and he would have to RUN to the toilet within 20 minutes after eating it. I have used powder garlic and chopped garlic from a jar in my cooking at home and he seems fine.  Yesterday, we went to...

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    My husband had his first reaction to garlic chunks on pizza about 15 years ago. He has had similar reactions since then. His stomach would cramp up, gas... and he would have to RUN to the toilet within 20 minutes after eating it. I have used powder garlic and chopped garlic from a jar in my cooking at home and he seems fine.  Yesterday, we went to an Italian restaurant. Not thinking much about it...He had olive oil with fresh chopped garlic (chopped that morning the waiter said), pepper dip for bread. He also had a Ceaser salad that tasted garlicy. At that point his stomach was starting to fell a little funny and bloated. He had spag and spag sauce. By the drive home, he thought he had to go to the hospital. He thought he was having an appendicitis. He was moaning in agony. He laid down and it felt better eventually. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Can you be allergic to only some garlic... or more allergic to fresh garlic... or perhaps the reaction gets worse every time you have garlic? I am trying to get him to go see a doctor. What do you think?? Thanks!

    • Lisa
      May. 31, 2010

      I am trying to figure out if I am sensitive or allergic to garlic.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.

       

      I used to be able to eat garlic, loved it...now not so much. 

       

      It all started with an egg intolerance - I would get stomach cramps, bloating, gas and chills.  It didn't happen all the time, sporadically, so I would never know when...

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      I am trying to figure out if I am sensitive or allergic to garlic.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.

       

      I used to be able to eat garlic, loved it...now not so much. 

       

      It all started with an egg intolerance - I would get stomach cramps, bloating, gas and chills.  It didn't happen all the time, sporadically, so I would never know when or if it was safe to eat eggs.  Then about 3 years later, the same thing happened with garlic.

       

      Now if I eat garlic, within about 30 minutes, I feel it coming on.  The chills start, the intense stomach cramps, the bloating and then the feeling I need to have a bowel movement, though it doesnt' want to happen.  My family doctor prescribed Bentylol, and it used to work like a charm.  Now not so much.  Now I am trying Buscopan, but it takes forever for it to work, and I wonder if it's working at all or if it's just the 4 hour time frame of working through the cramps, etc.  But now, the effects of a incident with garlic linger for days and now the heartburn.  I am sick and tired of this.  My doctor also diagnosed me with IBS, which I think is a catch all for things they aren't sure about.

       

      I do not get any aniphilatic symptoms at all, nor do I get headaches.  Just the above mentioned symptoms/reactions.

       

      I might add that I am allergic to sulpha medications.  I cannot tolerate Balsamic Vinegar at all - same thing happens with this as does with the garlic.  I can eat eggs on good days.  We just went grocery shopping and tried to buy even frozen hamburgers without garlic as an ingredient - we did find some, but haven't tried them yet.

       

      I have read all the posts in this forum - very enlightening and informative.  I have to say it's to the point I am getting worried something more is going on - and quite frankly, I don't think my doctor thinks its serious, but I know when it incapicates me for 2 days after an 'attack' it's serious enough to me. 

       

      Thanks for any input!

  • Anonymous
    SJB
    May. 03, 2010

    After years and years of similar symptoms, mainly nausea, extreme fatigue and headaches, I realized my problem lied with garlic. One helpful hint for people with food allergies: if your symptoms are internal and not superficial (ie NOT rashes and swelling), you might want to try taking an antacid 15-30 minutes before you eat a food you know you're allergic...

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    After years and years of similar symptoms, mainly nausea, extreme fatigue and headaches, I realized my problem lied with garlic. One helpful hint for people with food allergies: if your symptoms are internal and not superficial (ie NOT rashes and swelling), you might want to try taking an antacid 15-30 minutes before you eat a food you know you're allergic to. My doctor prescribed me Ranitidine, a form of Zantac, and it helps me not get as sick when I eat. It does not totally eliminate symptoms, but it takes the edge off otherwise side-splitting, debilitating cramps followed by a catatonic state.

     

    Again, don't hold me accountable, but it's worth a shot. Glad there are others out there who have this same allergy...for a while I felt crazy when I would explain this to people!!!

  • Addy
    Apr. 24, 2010

    I have read that most of the garlic allergy sufferers need to sleep to get better, but my allergy to garlic is so bad that I can't sleep. I get a lot of gas that stays in the upper part of my stomach. I lay in bad restless with obssesive thoughts and a great need to burp but nothing comes out.

  • rastafarimami
    Apr. 21, 2010

    I've been allergic to garlic for ten years now and I have found it hard to eat what I want as well. It cause my airway to swell almost completely shut. Its very frightening when it happens. I pretty much avoid it. Its gotten to the point that I can smell when anyone has used even the tiniest amount of garlic in their cooking. No one could even pay me to eat...

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    I've been allergic to garlic for ten years now and I have found it hard to eat what I want as well. It cause my airway to swell almost completely shut. Its very frightening when it happens. I pretty much avoid it. Its gotten to the point that I can smell when anyone has used even the tiniest amount of garlic in their cooking. No one could even pay me to eat it.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Apr. 11, 2010

    can anyone recommend a salad dressing that does not include garlic? i'm also allergic to dairy and eggs so it can be a creamy sauce either.

    thanks!!

    • Laurie
      Apr. 13, 2010

      I make my own with basalmic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. You can use any type of vinegar actually. I like using different kinds of white vinegars - like pear vinegar. Very good!

    • Sammy
      Aug. 29, 2010

      As to salad dressings, there is a line called Annie's Naturals which have some garlic free flavors.  I love the Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette, but depending how allergic you are to milk, they have a note that says "made on shared equipment that also processes egg, milk, soy, tree nuts, wheat and anchovy".

      Kraft makes a Cucumber Ranch dressing and dip [not...

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      As to salad dressings, there is a line called Annie's Naturals which have some garlic free flavors.  I love the Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette, but depending how allergic you are to milk, they have a note that says "made on shared equipment that also processes egg, milk, soy, tree nuts, wheat and anchovy".

      Kraft makes a Cucumber Ranch dressing and dip [not their regular Ranch flavor] which has not caused me problems despite listing "spice" at the end of the product lineup but if you have an onion intolerance it does have "dried onions".

      One other that I love is Kroger-label Poppyseed Dressing.  No "spice" in their list but it does again have "dried onion".

      I have found one crouton that does not list garlic or onion specifically on their ingredient list, although they do list "spice":

      New York Brand, the Original Texas Toast Croutons, Sea Salt & Pepper.

      Good luck with your search for garlic-free foods.  I have had many years searching labels in the stores.  Restaurants can be a disaster.  I most often order a side salad with no dressing, no croutons, no raw onion and sometimes they have potato skins on the appetizer menu, ordered with no scallions, no seasoning salt.  Almost every beef dish has some garlic, either during roasting, seasoning, or in the sauces. There is also a LOT of hidden garlic.  A lot of the chicken is pre-soaked in a garlic solution to add flavor, even in chicken salad.  I recently ordered a tuna-melt but asked to speak to the chef and sure enough there was garlic added to the tuna.  You have to be careful if you order anything grilled because if it is done on a flat-griddle type there may have been a prior food with garlic.  I always ask if their grill is charcoal or an open grid type grill to minimize contact with prior foods.  On a flight last week I got a pack of peanuts and yes garlic was listed on the ingredients.  Same for the potato chips.  Last year I ordered a steamed vegetable plate in a San Diego restaurant and I could smell the garlic as soon as the waitress came around a corner with our food.  When questioned she said the cook had not put any garlic on the veggies [including pea pods and carrots] due to my request but yes there was actually garlic in the water that they steamed them over! 

      Wow you have to be really vigilent to stay away from the stuff.  What is a good safe product for a long of time may be re-formulated by a food company and may all of a sudden now have garlic in it.  You have to continue to re-read labels on a regular basis.  And I have found if a person does not have personal experience with garlic intolerance they just don't "get it'.

       

    • Maura
      Sep. 20, 2011

      Because of my zero-garlic-tolerance, I have switched to, believe it or not, bbq sauce, ever since I tried it at California Pizza Kitchen.  But my teenaged son makes it from scratch...  a sweet, honey-based one...  delish!

  • CantEatGarlicAnymore
    Apr. 07, 2010

    I was diagnosed with IBS as well and anytime I eat ANYTHING WITH GARLIC I will get a severe lower abdominal pain followed by constipation and or foul wind!Innocent When it first happened I was from spaghetti sauce that was loaded with it and the cramping got so bad I had to vomit it all up just to get relief. Every 10-15 min I could manage to belch and that would relieve...

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    I was diagnosed with IBS as well and anytime I eat ANYTHING WITH GARLIC I will get a severe lower abdominal pain followed by constipation and or foul wind!Innocent When it first happened I was from spaghetti sauce that was loaded with it and the cramping got so bad I had to vomit it all up just to get relief. Every 10-15 min I could manage to belch and that would relieve my cramp pain but not that much. Its like my stomach was all bubbly and my body was saying "hey get this out now we are not gonna digest it"

  • Anonymous
    blankblank
    Apr. 02, 2010

    I am sensitive to garlic as well. The best treatment for accidental digestion honestly has been marijuana for me--I can be incredibly bloated and unbearably nauseous and a single puff will instantaneously make me feel fine. If that's not available I recommend plain carbs -- rice with nothing in it (just salt) and toasted bread.

  • Erika
    Mar. 21, 2010

    I posted before on this forum and I wasn't sure I ever replied but last year I was diagnosed by my allergist to have a garlic allergy/intolerence. After the same terrible stomach problems, bouts in the hospital with severe abdominal pain, and finally rashes I was finally diagnosed via patch testing at my former allergist's office. They said go cold turkey on...

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    I posted before on this forum and I wasn't sure I ever replied but last year I was diagnosed by my allergist to have a garlic allergy/intolerence. After the same terrible stomach problems, bouts in the hospital with severe abdominal pain, and finally rashes I was finally diagnosed via patch testing at my former allergist's office. They said go cold turkey on garlic, and I've been doing my best to avoid it ever since. It is a horrendous and terrible allergy that does not get enough attention from anyone. The Facebook group is a great resource. I've also been cutting out more onion from my diet recently as I've noticed smaller upset stomach symptoms from onion. I had a RAST and skin prick tests -- if these do not prove to be true do not be afraid to ask for patch testing for garlic -- if you can deal with it on your body for a few days it was the best diagnosis of my life (in terms that I could finally prove I wasn't faking all of my illness all along)!

  • hewhodreams
    Feb. 18, 2010

    Oh my God! Thank you for this site. For the past year I found that I slowly pass out after eating garlic. My allergist had never heard of that. I am so glad not to feel alone anymore. I will try the rinatadine that was suggested, but I no longer feel weird. I will upgrade my vigilance against the now dreaded once loved bulb/clove.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Feb. 16, 2010

    Yes, my husband can not eat garlic! It makes him sick as a dog! He starts to sweat, gets chills, throws up, passes out and is sick for about 7 to 8 hours. It is awful and I've had to cook things from scratch because there is garlic in nearly every prepared food. In studying this on the internet, I read about the product Garlick, you take it to lower your blood...

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    Yes, my husband can not eat garlic! It makes him sick as a dog! He starts to sweat, gets chills, throws up, passes out and is sick for about 7 to 8 hours. It is awful and I've had to cook things from scratch because there is garlic in nearly every prepared food. In studying this on the internet, I read about the product Garlick, you take it to lower your blood pressure. In reading about Garlick, they said that about 1.5 % of people can not take this product because it causes nausia, vomiting, light headness. My guess is that this is not a true allergy but a chemical response to some compound in garlic. About once a month my husband forgets and gets caught eating something he shouldn't.

     

    If you get a rash and or hives from garlic then my guess is that, that is more of an allergy than the throwing up, passing out reaction. It took my husband about three years to figure out what was making him sick when he ate. Good luck!

    • Febates
      Feb. 20, 2010

      Thats what happens to me too. I'm 32 and just developed an allergy to garlic a few years ago. I've had 4 reactions, and am just getting over one now from eating pizza last night. i thought i tasted fresh garlic on the pizza but then i thought to myself,"who puts fresh garlic on pizza???" My first reaction was when my girlfriend and her cousin made caesar salad...

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      Thats what happens to me too. I'm 32 and just developed an allergy to garlic a few years ago. I've had 4 reactions, and am just getting over one now from eating pizza last night. i thought i tasted fresh garlic on the pizza but then i thought to myself,"who puts fresh garlic on pizza???" My first reaction was when my girlfriend and her cousin made caesar salad dressing from scratch and put in extra raw garlic because they thought it'd taste good. i threw up and had diarrhea about a half hour later. Now my allergy has progressed to include fresh shallots too... and i think onions might bother me as well. Garlic powder makes me gassy but nothing like fresh garlic. My symptoms have progressed as well. Its about to go on 24 hours and I'm still sick. I had non-stop diarrhea, I vomitted, had a 100 degree fever, and I passed out on the bathroom floor. I wish there was something to take to make the reaction go away. It is horrible. I never knew that you could be allergic to garlic, but after my reactions I've started doing research and found that its not all that unusual.

  • Anonymous
    Dolly
    Feb. 15, 2010

    I am 57 and began reacting to garlic only a couple of years ago.I love cooking and love garlic!Interestingly,it seems only to be fresh garlic(as opposed to dried,pastes etc)that affect me and I wondered if this could be anything to do with the green bit,which,I believe is the bit that makes your breath smell? Anyone got any more on this?

    I dont use too much...

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    I am 57 and began reacting to garlic only a couple of years ago.I love cooking and love garlic!Interestingly,it seems only to be fresh garlic(as opposed to dried,pastes etc)that affect me and I wondered if this could be anything to do with the green bit,which,I believe is the bit that makes your breath smell? Anyone got any more on this?

    I dont use too much these days,but find garlic flavoured oil, a small amount of garlic paste or that white garlic sauce in a bottle gives enough flavour and doesn't have the same effect as fresh. 

    I am also an IBS sufferer......is there a connection/

  • Anonymous
    Vance
    Feb. 13, 2010

    Haven't really read anything about passing out from eating garlic i'm really getting tired of freaking people out Garlic has been a thorn in my side for about 8 years and it just keeps getting worse, i'll spend an hour in the restroom completely drenched in sweat skin turning white and having to lay on ground cause i can't sit up in between using the toilet...

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    Haven't really read anything about passing out from eating garlic i'm really getting tired of freaking people out Garlic has been a thorn in my side for about 8 years and it just keeps getting worse, i'll spend an hour in the restroom completely drenched in sweat skin turning white and having to lay on ground cause i can't sit up in between using the toilet sometimes throwing up this is one of the worst allergies i've ever seen cause it's so hard to know what or where garlic is in or on and I have the utmost respect for anyone with this horrible allergy and hope the best for anyone with this it's been hell for me.  

  • Anonymous
    COJ
    Feb. 07, 2010

    I grew up as a Buddhist vegetarian so avoiding the allium family (onion, garlic, shallots, chives etc) is just natural. We believe that these plants distrub the energy balance in our body and thus we are very strict about it. From not eating these alliums since I was born I developed an intolerance to them too, so I can understand your inconvenience.

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    I grew up as a Buddhist vegetarian so avoiding the allium family (onion, garlic, shallots, chives etc) is just natural. We believe that these plants distrub the energy balance in our body and thus we are very strict about it. From not eating these alliums since I was born I developed an intolerance to them too, so I can understand your inconvenience.

     

    I guess it could be counted as a blessing 'cause we seldom eat processed food and my mom makes everything from scratch, including all the sauces and flavourings. We grew up to be really healthy! Wink She substitutes onion/ garlic in recipes by "Xiang Chun" (Chinese Mahogany or Chinese Toon) which my friends says has an onion-like flavour but belongs to the Toona family, so it doesn't give me a reaction. We have a plant of it at home or you can get it from some Asian grocery stores. There is an website in Canada that sells it: 

    http://www.wholevegetarian.com/dryproduct1.html

    (They call it "Cedar Shoot Sauce")

     

    As for dining out, the only places we trust are Buddhist vegetarian restaurants 'cause we know they follow the same strict guidelines as we do with meat and alliums. In GTA here in Canada we usually go to the King's Cafe/ Zen Gardens chain 'cause we can eat everything in there, they have a vegan (milk/eggs-free) menu and we can also shop for sauces and frozen goodies that are safe in their little stores at the back. Most Asian Vegetarian restaurants (esp the ones from Hong Kong/ Taiwan) know what you are talking about when you ask for onion/garlic-free food because it is a religious requirement for most, so it's usually safe to eat in those restaurants.

     

    Again in Asia (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau) onion/garlic-free is a basic requirement for most vegetarians, you'll find most vegetarian restaurants there alliums-free. If you are travelling in those places you will find lots of food that you can eat. Also if you are buying Asian vegetarian products in Asian groceries store, look for a symbol of "lotus flower" and a chinese character 素 (vegetarian) on it, which means it's Buddhist vegetarian = alliums-free

     

    Hope that gives you more ideas of your options.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Feb. 12, 2010

      I am also allergic to garlic. I get severe headache, vomitting, and itching. Usually lasts for 24-32 hours. I try to avoid it. When I realize I have not avoided it I immediately take 3 ibuprofen and start drinking water. This usually helps. Lately, I have noticed a strange connection between the garlic and tomato. If I make something at home with small amounts...

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      I am also allergic to garlic. I get severe headache, vomitting, and itching. Usually lasts for 24-32 hours. I try to avoid it. When I realize I have not avoided it I immediately take 3 ibuprofen and start drinking water. This usually helps. Lately, I have noticed a strange connection between the garlic and tomato. If I make something at home with small amounts of chopped garlic in it and absolutely no tomato in site than I am fine; add the tomato and you can forget it!

  • Anonymous
    Jassie K
    Jan. 27, 2010

    I have an allergy to garlic too. I got stuck in a cooking group with a kid who LOVES garlic and slipped it into EVERYTHING we made. I get rashes and itch when I eat garlic and I can taste even the slightest amounts in food. The boy knew I was allergic, but he still put it in anyway. Jerk.

    Best of luck to you,


    Jassie

    • kimmie123
      Jan. 31, 2010

      I didnt think i would find anyone else with this allergy when i typed in Garlic allergy, I knew about nut allergy as my daughter has it and i always thought any allergy meant a rash.

       

      Well it first started when i ate out in a pizza place i hadnt ordered garlic on a pizza before big mistake, i suddenly started feeling panicky and couldnt understand why...

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      I didnt think i would find anyone else with this allergy when i typed in Garlic allergy, I knew about nut allergy as my daughter has it and i always thought any allergy meant a rash.

       

      Well it first started when i ate out in a pizza place i hadnt ordered garlic on a pizza before big mistake, i suddenly started feeling panicky and couldnt understand why i felt like it i needed to get out the place,i had hot flushes on the way home was begging my hubby to hurry as needed the loo like now. Thought it was food poisoning. Next time was Garlic in spag bol sauce i made at home again stomach ache, diarorhoea, feeling sick and achey. Then again this time worst after having onion relish this time i thought i was having a heart attack paincky, severe shaking, hot cold shivers, sick once, bowel cramps. The panic feels like ive been poisoned my head is dizzy i cant walk up the stairs hardly as my legs are so weak, and for some reason i cant stand ANY noise. Each time it seems to get worst my husband even called the ambulance once and my blood pressure had gone sky high and i had pains in my chest. I thought i was having a heart attack. They admitted me as they thought i had gail stone infection cause of the pain in my upper stomach after loads of blood tests, heart tests,xray, and scan found nothing but a ovairy cyst nothing to do with it. I started having panic attacks because of all the stress it created. I feel frightened of food now has anyone else had this, i once didnt eat for 5 days as i didnt want to go though it again and didnt know what food group it was making me so ill.  The reason i write this is last night it happened again and it was crisps i had cheese and onion which i havent had for about a year always have plain ones when we read the ingrediants YES Garlic powder. Please can you tell me any other hidden garlic you have found in things.    I live in fear of this allergy i couldnt bear this to happen if i was on my own in the house one day its making me very anxious, i am usually so healthy and some one that hardly ever visits the doc.   Thanks Kim

    • Anonymous
      Saltbattery
      Feb. 07, 2010

      want the solution here it is. get allergy tested with the blood test and pay for the big test with all the foods available the immune responce that is the most accurate is what you are looking for and guess what its caused by white blood cells so skin tests are usually crap duh. then avoid what you are allergic to cause guess what there is no cure, no amount...

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      want the solution here it is. get allergy tested with the blood test and pay for the big test with all the foods available the immune responce that is the most accurate is what you are looking for and guess what its caused by white blood cells so skin tests are usually crap duh. then avoid what you are allergic to cause guess what there is no cure, no amount of dosing yourself will change your cells responce to a chemical they detect it just makes you sick ar regular intervals haha. in conclusion stop being stupid about how your allergies affect you, find out what you are actually allergic to and finally avoid contact with it and carry dyphenhydramine.

       

      and moron at the top of this thread that is allergic to "citrus" guess what, my test told me that im allergic to grapefruit but not oranges or lemons so good luck with that restrictive diet you follow

    • Laurie
      Feb. 07, 2010

      Hmm.. thanks for calling me a moron, moron.

  • Nicole
    Jan. 25, 2010

    My husband experiences digestive problems (painful cramps and the runs) after eating garlic or onion.  He is able to eat a small amount of garlic salt or onion salt when he takes a prescription medication called Nalcrom which is available in Canada.  He just takes two pills before any meal that he thinks might contain these items in small amounts, ...

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    My husband experiences digestive problems (painful cramps and the runs) after eating garlic or onion.  He is able to eat a small amount of garlic salt or onion salt when he takes a prescription medication called Nalcrom which is available in Canada.  He just takes two pills before any meal that he thinks might contain these items in small amounts,  but avoids eating them totally when he can.  Some of the cases I am reading about here sound much more severe than his,  so please use extreme caution as this might not work for you.

    • Anonymous
      Iain
      Jan. 26, 2010

      Wow am I glad I found this site.

      I thought I was the only person who was allergic to garlic.

       

      One point regarding allergy warnings? Iceland (the food chain) reconises it and mark there own lable food with a Garlic allergy warning.

       

       

  • Anonymous
    Dave
    Jan. 01, 2010

    I suddenly began experiencing severe GI distress at age 17. I was subjected to the usual battery of uncomfortable tests, which produced an IBS diagnosis. It took me 30 years to discover that I cannot digest garlic, lactose, or caffeine; since removing these foods from my diet 15 years ago, I have been symptom free. Lactaid pills let me enjoy small servings...

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    I suddenly began experiencing severe GI distress at age 17. I was subjected to the usual battery of uncomfortable tests, which produced an IBS diagnosis. It took me 30 years to discover that I cannot digest garlic, lactose, or caffeine; since removing these foods from my diet 15 years ago, I have been symptom free. Lactaid pills let me enjoy small servings of cheese, but I don't do this too often, as the penalty for overindulging is severe.

  • Anonymous
    sockii
    Dec. 31, 2009

    I also have a garlic allergy, but it's fairly mild compared to a lot of the other folks here.

     

    I figured out about 10 years ago that I simply cannot handle raw garlic at all. Fried is fine, in reasonable amounts (such as in "true" Italian cooking--that is, non-Americanized--where crushed cloves are just used to flavor heating oil and removed before adding...

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    I also have a garlic allergy, but it's fairly mild compared to a lot of the other folks here.

     

    I figured out about 10 years ago that I simply cannot handle raw garlic at all. Fried is fine, in reasonable amounts (such as in "true" Italian cooking--that is, non-Americanized--where crushed cloves are just used to flavor heating oil and removed before adding other ingredients. I can also handle small amounts minced fine and well-sauteed). I don't have a problem with garlic salt as a light seasoning. But roasted garlic? Nope. Boiled? Nope. And raw? Absolutely not. I get gassy within an hour or so, congested, and will spend the next twenty hour hours nursing stomach cramps, bloating, pain and nasty gas.

     

    I really sympathize with those who have trouble eating out or at friends' homes because of this. Even in my mild state it can be a pain making sure a dish doesn't have raw or undercooked garlic. I can't do pesto, can't do hummus unless I make it myself, can't eat a lot of salsas, etc. I've learned the hard way what dishes I just can't risk ordering because they tend to set off a reaction even if garlic isn't listed as an ingredient. My boyfriend keeps saying I should try fighting the allergy by eating small amounts to push my system, but I tried that last night (a clove of roasted garlic on bread) and I'm sick as a dog today as a result. :(

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jun. 01, 2010

      That is interesting about the fried garlic.  My 18 month old with diagnosed with a garlic allergy (hives, rash, watery stool) about 7 months ago after eating a baby food with garlic powder on it.  Just yesterday she accidentally ate one of her brother's fried hashbrowns that lists garlic powder as an ingredient and she didn't react at all.  We...

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      That is interesting about the fried garlic.  My 18 month old with diagnosed with a garlic allergy (hives, rash, watery stool) about 7 months ago after eating a baby food with garlic powder on it.  Just yesterday she accidentally ate one of her brother's fried hashbrowns that lists garlic powder as an ingredient and she didn't react at all.  We were happy but cautiously optomistic- I'm wondering if she can tolerate the fried garlic or if she is in fact beginning to outgrow this allergy.  The allergist suggested I experiment with little bits.  Maybe I'll stick with the fried stuff for awhile...

       

      Heather

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Jun. 01, 2010

      That is interesting about the fried garlic.  My 18 month old with diagnosed with a garlic allergy (hives, rash, watery stool) about 7 months ago after eating a baby food with garlic powder on it.  Just yesterday she accidentally ate one of her brother's fried hashbrowns that lists garlic powder as an ingredient and she didn't react at all.  We...

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      That is interesting about the fried garlic.  My 18 month old with diagnosed with a garlic allergy (hives, rash, watery stool) about 7 months ago after eating a baby food with garlic powder on it.  Just yesterday she accidentally ate one of her brother's fried hashbrowns that lists garlic powder as an ingredient and she didn't react at all.  We were happy but cautiously optomistic- I'm wondering if she can tolerate the fried garlic or if she is in fact beginning to outgrow this allergy.  The allergist suggested I experiment with little bits.  Maybe I'll stick with the fried stuff for awhile...

       

      Heather

    • heather
      Jun. 01, 2010

      That is interesting about the fried garlic.  My 18 month old with diagnosed with a garlic allergy (hives, rash, watery stool) about 7 months ago after eating a baby food with garlic powder on it.  Just yesterday she accidentally ate one of her brother's fried hashbrowns that lists garlic powder as an ingredient and she didn't react at all.  We...

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      That is interesting about the fried garlic.  My 18 month old with diagnosed with a garlic allergy (hives, rash, watery stool) about 7 months ago after eating a baby food with garlic powder on it.  Just yesterday she accidentally ate one of her brother's fried hashbrowns that lists garlic powder as an ingredient and she didn't react at all.  We were happy but cautiously optomistic- I'm wondering if she can tolerate the fried garlic or if she is in fact beginning to outgrow this allergy.  The allergist suggested I experiment with little bits.  Maybe I'll stick with the fried stuff for awhile...

       

      Heather

    • heather
      Jun. 01, 2010

      That is interesting about the fried garlic.  My 18 month old with diagnosed with a garlic allergy (hives, rash, watery stool) about 7 months ago after eating a baby food with garlic powder on it.  Just yesterday she accidentally ate one of her brother's fried hashbrowns that lists garlic powder as an ingredient and she didn't react at all.  We...

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      That is interesting about the fried garlic.  My 18 month old with diagnosed with a garlic allergy (hives, rash, watery stool) about 7 months ago after eating a baby food with garlic powder on it.  Just yesterday she accidentally ate one of her brother's fried hashbrowns that lists garlic powder as an ingredient and she didn't react at all.  We were happy but cautiously optomistic- I'm wondering if she can tolerate the fried garlic or if she is in fact beginning to outgrow this allergy.  The allergist suggested I experiment with little bits.  Maybe I'll stick with the fried stuff for awhile...

       

      Heather

    • heather
      Jun. 01, 2010

      That is interesting about the fried garlic.  My 18 month old with diagnosed with a garlic allergy (hives, rash, watery stool) about 7 months ago after eating a baby food with garlic powder on it.  Just yesterday she accidentally ate one of her brother's fried hashbrowns that lists garlic powder as an ingredient and she didn't react at all.  We...

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      That is interesting about the fried garlic.  My 18 month old with diagnosed with a garlic allergy (hives, rash, watery stool) about 7 months ago after eating a baby food with garlic powder on it.  Just yesterday she accidentally ate one of her brother's fried hashbrowns that lists garlic powder as an ingredient and she didn't react at all.  We were happy but cautiously optomistic- I'm wondering if she can tolerate the fried garlic or if she is in fact beginning to outgrow this allergy.  The allergist suggested I experiment with little bits.  Maybe I'll stick with the fried stuff for awhile...

       

      Heather

    • heather
      Jun. 01, 2010

      That is interesting about the fried garlic.  My 18 month old with diagnosed with a garlic allergy (hives, rash, watery stool) about 7 months ago after eating a baby food with garlic powder on it.  Just yesterday she accidentally ate one of her brother's fried hashbrowns that lists garlic powder as an ingredient and she didn't react at all.  We...

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      That is interesting about the fried garlic.  My 18 month old with diagnosed with a garlic allergy (hives, rash, watery stool) about 7 months ago after eating a baby food with garlic powder on it.  Just yesterday she accidentally ate one of her brother's fried hashbrowns that lists garlic powder as an ingredient and she didn't react at all.  We were happy but cautiously optomistic- I'm wondering if she can tolerate the fried garlic or if she is in fact beginning to outgrow this allergy.  The allergist suggested I experiment with little bits.  Maybe I'll stick with the fried stuff for awhile...

       

      Heather

  • Anonymous
    carly
    Nov. 16, 2009

    hello, i am 25 and started suffering from loads of different symptoms last year and had no idea what was wrong with me , my doctor was pretty useless but after a night on the sofa with a full garlic bread down my neck... i figured it out pretty quickly after that night!... it was garlic

     

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    hello, i am 25 and started suffering from loads of different symptoms last year and had no idea what was wrong with me , my doctor was pretty useless but after a night on the sofa with a full garlic bread down my neck... i figured it out pretty quickly after that night!... it was garlic

     

    i have managed to cut it out of everything i have at home but i am afraid that this is going to make my reaction worse when i eat out (like last night- i told the waiter i couldnt have garlic -BUT- iv been up all night vomiting and with dreadful head and stomach aches.) ... 

     

    doc's are also useless for allergy tests :-( i am a student and cant afford to do it myself but there may be other things that I do not know of yet :-(

     

    does anyone have any tips about allergy testing?

    • Anonymous
      adrian
      Nov. 23, 2009

      I sympathise with all contributors. I have the added problem that I'm a vegetarian. I'm writing this in a Premier Inn hotel room (in England), looking through the menu.Most of their vegetarian options have garlc bread, garlic croutons etc. I can't tell whether their vegetarian lasagne or ravioli has garlic, but I'm betting that it does. I think it should be...

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      I sympathise with all contributors. I have the added problem that I'm a vegetarian. I'm writing this in a Premier Inn hotel room (in England), looking through the menu.Most of their vegetarian options have garlc bread, garlic croutons etc. I can't tell whether their vegetarian lasagne or ravioli has garlic, but I'm betting that it does. I think it should be complusory to state all ingedients. O also spend a lot of time in France...Need I say more?

    • Anonymous
      adrian
      Nov. 23, 2009

      I sympathise with all contributors. I have the added problem that I'm a vegetarian. I'm writing this in a Premier Inn hotel room (in England), looking through the menu.Most of their vegetarian options have garlc bread, garlic croutons etc. I can't tell whether their vegetarian lasagne or ravioli has garlic, but I'm betting that it does. I think it should be...

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      I sympathise with all contributors. I have the added problem that I'm a vegetarian. I'm writing this in a Premier Inn hotel room (in England), looking through the menu.Most of their vegetarian options have garlc bread, garlic croutons etc. I can't tell whether their vegetarian lasagne or ravioli has garlic, but I'm betting that it does. I think it should be complusory to state all ingedients. O also spend a lot of time in France...Need I say more?

  • Anonymous
    notavampire
    Nov. 04, 2009

    I was at a subway restaurant one time and felt camaraderie with the worker because he couldn't have garlic either. and here you all are:) for a long time i was just getting upset stomachs when i ate out at restaurants or at other people's houses when families cooked. People thought I had something wrong with my stomach because i felt sick so often after i ate....

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    I was at a subway restaurant one time and felt camaraderie with the worker because he couldn't have garlic either. and here you all are:) for a long time i was just getting upset stomachs when i ate out at restaurants or at other people's houses when families cooked. People thought I had something wrong with my stomach because i felt sick so often after i ate. i had no idea what was wrong. i am not a big doctor person, so i didn't check that out. as i got older, i began to get more headaches, which i attributed to sinus infections. then it seemed the headaches were getting worse. i noticed a correlation between some of the headaches and the food i was eating. garlic and onions specifically. i have never been an onion eater, but they creep in occasionally. garlic i just never noticed to avoid unless it was garlic bread and then i didn't eat it. but with the headaches i would feel really nauseaus and have that garlic taste in my mouth and then made a connection. i can't even smell it for very long without getting a headache and sometimes nauseaus.

     

    i think i also get migraines from other things too, but i know two of my triggers are garlic and onions. i am on daily meds for migraines (way too many meds by the way). but they do help with the pain and they do lessen the frequency of the headaches. the first bad one was three weeks long.

     

    at first it was really tough to eat out, but i have become better over time. i am trying to eat out just about anywhere except italian and mexican places. those are still pretty tough. it's hard for me to be in there smelling the garlic.

     

    as for challenges with the waitstff, we can help them to help us and give them some warning about our allergy like when they come to serve the drinks; then they have time to take good care of us. it is hard to be addressing a very detailed issue as a server when everyone else is ordering too. give them some warning time and they can get the chef/manager over there to help. just a suggestion.

     

    sometimes i bring my own balsamic vinegar for salad dressing to the restaurant. otherwise i look for a salad that has bleu cheese crumbles on it or some mandarin oranges or something. then i don't really need dressing.

     

    often times the grilled chicken in restaurants is marinated in something that has garlic in it. stay away from grilled chicken. go for the fried chicken pieces or strips. ask about the batter, but you are usually ok.

     

    seasoned fries are bad. if it is a place that seasons their fries, and you ask for unseasoned fries, usually they will still dip the fries in the same grease as they would the seasoned fries, thus seasoning them. sometimes they will even take a serving of seasoned fries, throw them back in the grease to "un" season them and give them to you. i have seen it done.

     

    sometimes you can find a piece of fish on the menu that has not been touched by garlic ever and can be seasoned with salt and pepper for a salad. you can add that to whatever has grilled chicken in it originally. salmon works well for this. (or add the fried chicken strips)

     

    sometimes i end up with a kind of dry piece of unseasoned fish and a pile of broccoli, but it's way better than getting sick.

     

    i used to eat a lot of cheeseburgers but got a bit more adventurous after tiring of that.

     

    as for store bought - for pasta sauce, there is patsy's pasta sauce - my family gets it at jewel osco. the tomato-basil flavor is garlic-free. (i think there are onions though).

     

    ***i have missed BBQ sauce so much, so thank you to the person below who found one we can have:)

     

    if i think of anything else i will make sure to post. thanks everyone for the tips:)

     

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Dec. 07, 2009

      It is very hard to eat out with a garlic allergy.  Garlic pops up in very unexpected ways...fish and chips was one big surprise.  I often just have a steak...expensive, but it is just a piece of meat and you can tell them to leave any seasoning off.

       

      Mexican is hard to predict.  There is a local Mexican restaurant which has never caused...

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      It is very hard to eat out with a garlic allergy.  Garlic pops up in very unexpected ways...fish and chips was one big surprise.  I often just have a steak...expensive, but it is just a piece of meat and you can tell them to leave any seasoning off.

       

      Mexican is hard to predict.  There is a local Mexican restaurant which has never caused me trouble, same with a Chinese restaurant.  But I am relatively fortunate.  I only suffer from hours of intestinal cramping, not the shock like symptoms of some sufferers on the forum.  I could have a large problem with going out at all with those kinds of symptoms.

       

      One spaghetti sauce that is acceptable to my low brow palette is cream of chicken soup combined with tomato paste. No garlic there.  Used to use cream of mushroom, but they reformulated and it how has garlic!

       

      Have had no problems with the blue Jennie-O turkey burgers and they are really not a bad substitute for hamburger at all.

       

      I do know that the Subway beef used to contain garlic, and the ham is ok.

       

      From the varying reactions I have to bacon, I'd have to suspect it is sometimes there and sometimes not.

       

      For those on low cholesterol diets, there is onion but no garlic in some of the egg substitutes.  Walmart sells a product that is just egg whites.  It also doesn't stink when cooked!

       

      It is clear to me now that the canned chicken I used to get in a six pack of cans from Costco has garlic in it.  Not so much, especially if you rinse it, but it is there.  Not a listed ingredient and denied by Costco.  Since they just resell private label stuff under the Kirkland brand often they don't know what is in it.

       

      It is such a relief to have finally gotten rid of all the Garlic.  Now I can face the day only having to deal with the challenges instead of focusing on my digestive tract.

       

       

  • Anonymous
    Sly 70
    Oct. 30, 2009

    I have had a reaction to raw or slightly cooked garlic/onions/beets/radishes and the caffeine in coffee for 40+ years. I am 62, and coffee was never something I drank with regularity, but now, almost never. I prefer tea. A minor reaction includes a light-headed "spacey" feeling or slight nausea. A stronger reaction is immediate (or the next day) diarrhea. A...

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    I have had a reaction to raw or slightly cooked garlic/onions/beets/radishes and the caffeine in coffee for 40+ years. I am 62, and coffee was never something I drank with regularity, but now, almost never. I prefer tea. A minor reaction includes a light-headed "spacey" feeling or slight nausea. A stronger reaction is immediate (or the next day) diarrhea. A next-level reaction includes a lightheadedness and fainting (without the gastrointestinal problems). The strongest reaction I had was three days of all of the above, which felt like the flu and kept me in bed. For the record, I am an American-born English, German, Swedish, Austrian, and Transylvanian heritage. I love to cook, and I am fortunate to be able to create beautiful, interesting food with curry, ginger, basils, mints, chilis, mushrooms, peppers, and nuts. I have no answers, but I am grateful for the director of the nursery school I attended who recognised the problem when I was 2 years old. Yesterday, in a local restaurant, I had my first actual fainting spell in 30+ years from the garlic and onions in a pate. Luckily the jazz band was on their last song, many of the patrons had left, and I have a sense of humor. A troup of handsom men in various uniforms arrived after 911 was called for the "older woman having a heart attack," and three men stuck their hands up my clothing (I was awake and totally alert by this time) to attach many wires and gadgets and test their equipment. There are some benefits to emergencies, I guess. They let me sign a waiver to avoid hospitalization, but I think they thought my "onions & garlic" story a little weak. . .

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Oct. 28, 2009

    I can eat small amounts clove garlic with minimal difficulty (minor gas and queasy tummy), entire fried cloves with no trouble at all.  However something like tzadziki tastes so good, I eat more than I should and have a very bad time with sweating and terrible dreams, as well as the gas and such.

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    I can eat small amounts clove garlic with minimal difficulty (minor gas and queasy tummy), entire fried cloves with no trouble at all.  However something like tzadziki tastes so good, I eat more than I should and have a very bad time with sweating and terrible dreams, as well as the gas and such.

    Powdered garlic causes me very bad gastrointestinal cramping, gas and of course the runs.  Sweating, shaking, etc. so I avoid it.

    Garlic salt, well I don't know what's in that, but it does the same as MSG and away I am to Emergency because of respiratory issues and I can always taste aluminum.  I notice restaurants like to put this in potatoes, soups and such without telling you.  I love paying 20$ for a booby trapped meal.

    • Anonymous
      Shane
      Feb. 02, 2010

      HI there - what a great site! I live in Perth, Western Australia and thought it quite uncommon to have a garlic allergy (also to related families) I have suffered for 13 years - and have found others who do too. I suffer with most symptoms and find extract garlic, chives etc worse than fresh. Symptoms include - night mares, severe dehydration, anxiety...

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      HI there - what a great site! I live in Perth, Western Australia and thought it quite uncommon to have a garlic allergy (also to related families) I have suffered for 13 years - and have found others who do too. I suffer with most symptoms and find extract garlic, chives etc worse than fresh. Symptoms include - night mares, severe dehydration, anxiety attacks, nausia, stomache cramps, rashes, heart pulputations, hey fever (sneazing & running nose) - it's crap!!

       

      Australia's answer to herbs seems to be "Garlic" & friends who have cooked at home for me have since commented that they can now taste many others flavours because the absence of garlic. I tend to now make my own tomato & chillie sauces and curry pastes, pate's etc due to the hidden ingredients in shops - I know to be aware of products that read mixed herbs, this still usually means garlic etc.

       

      When dining out, I have to ask that the chef checks the sauces if not made fresh and many have been surprised to find they have garlic in them. Even good friends who carefully cook without garlic forget to check the ingredients on purchased pruducts included, for example sun dried tomatoes are often marinated in garlic.

       

      There tends not to be a remedy either, I find when inflicted a hey fever tablet helps a little, lots of water, parsley of course and just keep drinkinmg lots of champagne.

       

      I tend to order fish if fresh and have served without sauce, I do not eat red meat so that aso means salads with dressing on the side, or plain balsamic vinigar & oil - thank goodness I can eat diary!!

       

      An awful part of this allergy is th eimpatience of friends and colleagues until they understand this rare allergy.

       

      Good luck to you all

       

      regards

       

      Shane

    • Rossa Red
      Mar. 07, 2010

      Your post is very interesting regarding severity of reaction to powdered garlic.

       

      I am sensitive to garlic (sore throats, stuffy sinuses and occasionally achy glands).

      However, the other day I had a packet of crisps (chips in US?), Kettle Chips chilli flavour, and I had much worse symptoms than before. For the next 2 days I had itchy face, painful joints...

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      Your post is very interesting regarding severity of reaction to powdered garlic.

       

      I am sensitive to garlic (sore throats, stuffy sinuses and occasionally achy glands).

      However, the other day I had a packet of crisps (chips in US?), Kettle Chips chilli flavour, and I had much worse symptoms than before. For the next 2 days I had itchy face, painful joints and bones, very sore throat, exhaustion, hot and cold (like really bad flu).

      As I ate the crisps, I didn't like the taste much so I looked at the ingredients and there was garlic powder in it. I thought "oh, I'll have a sore throat tomorrow", but then these dramatic (for me) symptoms happened.

       

      Does anyone know what happens to the garlic as it's dried? Another undisclosed additive or is it perhaps because the garlic is dried and it concentrates whatever the substance is I react to?

       

      Any suggestions would be most welcome!

  • Anonymous
    Cabarte
    Oct. 27, 2009

    I have had a garlic allergy and lots of food intolerances after a very toxic e-coli infection 11 years ago.  I know exactly what you are saying.  I am not even able to eat vegetables or most fruits.  Eating out is like playing Russian Roulette with food! I got really sick after using a hand cream that had garlic in it. I deal with it for...

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    I have had a garlic allergy and lots of food intolerances after a very toxic e-coli infection 11 years ago.  I know exactly what you are saying.  I am not even able to eat vegetables or most fruits.  Eating out is like playing Russian Roulette with food! I got really sick after using a hand cream that had garlic in it. I deal with it for awhile, then get fed up and try to find out more information. That's where I am now.  I think that the right balance of enzymes might help.  I can now eat apples, corn and tomatoes since I have been taking Maxizyme.  (I can probably add other foods, but I have to work and don't want to get sick.)  The Doctors and "experts" all tell me to go to a nutritionist.  They just tell me to eat veggies and fruits even after I tell them about my reactions to them.  They don't know or understand.

     

    Leaky Gut Syndrome sounds like exactly what I have.  Some say that our digestive hormones are off.  I might check in to that and see if I can balance them.

     

    Anyway, I understand. I also hope you have gotten better since you posted this a few years ago.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sep. 29, 2009

    I have enjoyed Garlic most of my life and never had any issues..Then approx. 1 year ago I started to notice I was feeling slightly Ill after eating fish,crabs, etc.. As time progressed I actually noticed that my face and tongue would swell.  Luckily I would just take Benadryl to counter the reaction.  I thought my allergy was to the fish, so i stopped...

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    I have enjoyed Garlic most of my life and never had any issues..Then approx. 1 year ago I started to notice I was feeling slightly Ill after eating fish,crabs, etc.. As time progressed I actually noticed that my face and tongue would swell.  Luckily I would just take Benadryl to counter the reaction.  I thought my allergy was to the fish, so i stopped eating fish. The symptoms did not reappear until I ate pork recently. After finding this website and reading the text from the many stories I want to say thank you. Its not the fish, or the pork..Its the Garlic that I smother them with when i cook. And I only get a reaction when I use alot of Garlic. Which I do with fish, and just recently tried with pork. First I get the cramps, and slight nausia, then i go to sleep and in some remote cases get the swelling in the lips,mouth and tongue while I sleep. Needless to say I am stopping the use of Garlic..I am also going to see a doctor to find out what I need to avoid and what I need to keep handy, in case my reactions get worse. I guess Im on the 7 year cycle where my body chemistry is changing, and along with it my tolerences to food and the environment. Thanks again for the info,/posting.

    • Anonymous
      fry
      Oct. 18, 2009
      I had a problem where my lips swelled up my tounge swelled up to where i couldnt close my mouth or talk .. that thing that hangs down in the back of your throat was so big.. i could almost stick it out my mouth... it seems to go away after about 24 hours.. or creep across my face.. can feel a hard itcy spot inside one lip.. which then swells up to impossible...
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      I had a problem where my lips swelled up my tounge swelled up to where i couldnt close my mouth or talk .. that thing that hangs down in the back of your throat was so big.. i could almost stick it out my mouth... it seems to go away after about 24 hours.. or creep across my face.. can feel a hard itcy spot inside one lip.. which then swells up to impossible size.. then creeps across to the other side of my mouth.. also under the callous on my palms and feet .. i get horrible itching. they seem to turn red .. and swell a bit.. i dont seem to have had any of the bowel symptoms tho.. this happened after i ate garlic .. garlic from china .. which scares me Mcormick garlic. I was shocked to see food i'm eating is being imported from a country that at least formerly hated us. Then there is the chemicals that was poisoning babies and pets.. this also happened after i ate a pizza.. i dont know where that garlic came from.. i'm going to stop eating anything with garlic (hotsausce.. katsup.. almost everything else that's called food) then after all my symptoms are gone i'm going to rub garlic on my gum to see what happens. First fresh garlic.. then if no symptoms.. the chinese garlic powder from mcormick. this is an absolute disaster.. because i LOVE food that contains garlic..
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sep. 04, 2009

    Just pulled this site up because I think I have noticed after eating garlic that my blood pressure goes up.  Have been taking blood pressure meds. for about a year now and just had to have dosage changed and upped so have been trying to keep track of my diet closely.  I love garlic, but think I am noticing this happens.  Anyone else?  Thanks...

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    Just pulled this site up because I think I have noticed after eating garlic that my blood pressure goes up.  Have been taking blood pressure meds. for about a year now and just had to have dosage changed and upped so have been trying to keep track of my diet closely.  I love garlic, but think I am noticing this happens.  Anyone else?  Thanks for all the other valuable comments and information!

     

  • Anonymous
    MJA
    Sep. 03, 2009

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    I have had a severe reaction to Garlic for many years now. Even the smallest amount will cause massive diarrhea, dehydration, drying of the skin and the feeling of being drunk and incoherent, and can last upto 2 day in my case.

     

    I have found drinking strong Black tea will help the diarrhea and cramps or a tablet called “Buscopan”...

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    I have had a severe reaction to Garlic for many years now. Even the smallest amount will cause massive diarrhea, dehydration, drying of the skin and the feeling of being drunk and incoherent, and can last upto 2 day in my case.

     

    I have found drinking strong Black tea will help the diarrhea and cramps or a tablet called “Buscopan” it is a muscle relaxant and helps within minutes.

     

    I fly allot and tend to take 2-3 tablets before long haul flights in case they have garlic in the meals.

     

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    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Sep. 04, 2009

      I have had garlic allergy for years.  When being tested in an allergist's office I had the symptoms of swollen tongue, feeling of being drunk and confusion, that was 15 years ago.  Now my skin prickles at the smell, I have had large swollen lips from the touch of garlic and the familiar swollen tongue and difficulty breathing.  The worst symptoms...

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      I have had garlic allergy for years.  When being tested in an allergist's office I had the symptoms of swollen tongue, feeling of being drunk and confusion, that was 15 years ago.  Now my skin prickles at the smell, I have had large swollen lips from the touch of garlic and the familiar swollen tongue and difficulty breathing.  The worst symptoms are from fresh garlic. 

       

      Benadryl has only helped so far, so thank you for the tea suggestion.  I have been allergic since my teens and it is getting increasingly worse as I age, now that I am 40.  The swelling is the most disconcerting, but the confusion can complicate things as I do not have someone to drive me home from work events, as a single person. 

  • Anonymous
    Abby
    Jul. 29, 2009

    Mine started with taking garlic pills, suggested by a doctor. But it quickly went from simple intolerance to all out allergy. When I didn't avoid it well enough, it spread to onions, chives, cloves, and the entire family.

     

    These days, any small amount can lead to instant rash, hives, swelling of the throat, and trouble breathing. This happens just breathing...

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    Mine started with taking garlic pills, suggested by a doctor. But it quickly went from simple intolerance to all out allergy. When I didn't avoid it well enough, it spread to onions, chives, cloves, and the entire family.

     

    These days, any small amount can lead to instant rash, hives, swelling of the throat, and trouble breathing. This happens just breathing it if there is enough in the air as well.  Imagine my anoyance at walking about restaurants with high garlic amounts even outdoors in public!

     

    If I eat a small amount or continue to eat it over a few days, even more than a few times in a matter of weeks, it results in internal intestinal damage, internal bleeding, and extreme sickness.  My body stops producing white blood cells, my red blood cell walls are thinned, and my blood won't clot properly.

     

    If I eat any of the family during any time my system is "down" it's instant trouble. And if pushed far enough, such as a large amount all at once, I go into shock and need an epi-pen, and medical attention.  Heart fluttering, stalls, and can lead to instant heart failure. Not to mention a risk of drowning from inflammation and bleeding of the lungs!

     

    If you are allergic, AVOID it, and talk to a doctor. If I hadn't been so stubborn, mine wouldn't be such a problem now. And because of the destruction of pollips in my intestines, I now have an allergy to other things as well...such as dairy, cinnamin, and my last checkup said I may be developing an intolerance to gluten...imagine a world without gluten, dairy, garlic or onions...not sure what I would eat!

    • Anonymous
      JerryMohan
      Aug. 06, 2009

      You can take the Homeopathic remedy Allium Sativa 30 tds for 3 days to prevent any allergic reactions after eating food with Garlic.

       

      www.jerrymohan.blogspot.com

    • Anonymous
      Abby
      Aug. 06, 2009

      Sanx for the suggestion! I learned this week that garlic and onions are all lilies, which explains some other things.  Makes figuring out which other foods I will react to easier. lol.  And why lotus stems got me this last weekend!

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jul. 27, 2009

    Hi, I am also allergic to garlic. i was fed on huge amounts of garlic as a kid and kept telling my mama that I felt sick and had swelling in my face, the following day. She did not believe me and kept feeding it to us.

    Finally, one day I got so sick that they did a test on me and found that I was allergic to iodine, which is rich in garlic.

    So thats that. But...

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    Hi, I am also allergic to garlic. i was fed on huge amounts of garlic as a kid and kept telling my mama that I felt sick and had swelling in my face, the following day. She did not believe me and kept feeding it to us.

    Finally, one day I got so sick that they did a test on me and found that I was allergic to iodine, which is rich in garlic.

    So thats that. But people think that I am talking bogwash and still try to sneak in their garlic, without informing me.

    on Sunday, my step son and srep daughter prepared a "potjie' and put in iodised salt and garlic. I suffered so but I felt that they were up to something, so i took a antihistimine before eating but the whole time after that I was in pain.

    i do not think that I should alow this type of poison, considering they know but ellected not too tell me. My step grandaughter hinted that they talk bad about me and her real gran hates us so I was suspecting something.

    I have been fair to them and treated them as my own kids, but now i am scared that they are up to something. They always carry on as if we are their servants. her son has said that we do not have style like the rich UK people and now the latest is that his niece will make my kids look like peasants when she is 18.

    Anyway, I am allergic to iodine and unfortunate for me is that they know it. On Sunday after the garlic and iodine salt (my mom saw them put it in the food) I had so much pain even in my glands above my chest, in my neck and in my arm pits.

    i am on cortizone at the momment for flu as I have a mitral valve problem due to rheumatic fever so I guess that lessond the reaction, plus I take anti-histimines when they cook.

    What options do you have when you are subjected to poison via your step loved ones??

     

    • Anonymous
      shivani
      Aug. 07, 2009

      My goodness, they sound like step-monsters, not step children!! If I were you, I would not eat ANYTHING those "loved ones" prepare, period. Obviously, they enjoy your suffering, and they do not plan to omit ingredients you are extremely allergic to. So why continue to make yourself suffer needlessly? When they cook, fix something else simple for yourself --...

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      My goodness, they sound like step-monsters, not step children!! If I were you, I would not eat ANYTHING those "loved ones" prepare, period. Obviously, they enjoy your suffering, and they do not plan to omit ingredients you are extremely allergic to. So why continue to make yourself suffer needlessly? When they cook, fix something else simple for yourself -- or have some "leftovers" on hand that you prepared before, and that "have to be eaten as soon as possible." If they inquire as to why you won't eat what they've cooked anymore, feel free to level with them and say their food always makes you SICK! That should stop them in their tracks! Best of luck.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jul. 15, 2009

    My son has a garlic allergy, and we've found several brands that come in very handy. Amy's organic Ketchup, Kitchen Basics Chicken stock, and Annie's Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing all are garlic-free. I'm not sure about the sugar, that you would have to check. Yes, it is a major challenge, I wish you (and my son) all the best.

  • Anonymous
    ba
    Jun. 18, 2009

    Every item in the restaurant has garlic, including the sauces they make tableside.

    Almost every item at Boston Chicken/Boston Market has garlic, except the baked apples; it's not listed on the ingredients, either, but the manager confessed to me under pressure that they all contain garlic, and yes, that includes the plain roasted chicken.  The easy...

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    Every item in the restaurant has garlic, including the sauces they make tableside.

    Almost every item at Boston Chicken/Boston Market has garlic, except the baked apples; it's not listed on the ingredients, either, but the manager confessed to me under pressure that they all contain garlic, and yes, that includes the plain roasted chicken.  The easy assumption is that if the food product has a label, there will be garlic in it.

     

    My allergy has gotten worse over the years.  First indication to me that garlic is in a dish is that my tongue goes immediately dry, as if I had eaten alum.  Then lousy stomach, stomach cramps, and garlic breath for 24 hours, coming out of all my pores, and my nose.  Exhaustion, lethargy, cranky and depressed, too.  Nothing helps but sleeping it off and drinking fluid to work the poision through the system.  It's poison.  Yes, British heritage.   And I'm sick of people not believing me, being incredulous, responding by trying to convince me that garlic is good for me, and waiters and chefs who don't think:  "You're allergic to garlic?  Then have the caesar's salad."  What?????

  • Anonymous
    Joann
    Jun. 09, 2009

    I also have a garlic allergy and many others but garlic is definitely the most inconvenient.  There are products at Trader Joes such as Annie's ketchup and some of their dressings that do not have natural flavors or seasoning so everything in the product is listed.  I found that this helped a lot when I go out to eat as I can get a salad and use my...

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    I also have a garlic allergy and many others but garlic is definitely the most inconvenient.  There are products at Trader Joes such as Annie's ketchup and some of their dressings that do not have natural flavors or seasoning so everything in the product is listed.  I found that this helped a lot when I go out to eat as I can get a salad and use my own dressing.  Also, Trader Joe's has salsa verde which is good salsa and it does not include garlic.  Hope this helps.

  • Anonymous
    fsolomon
    May. 25, 2009

    Hi-- I am happy to find this and have joined the Facebook Group. Thank you.  I am trying to find someone who has a similar reaction. When I eat garlic anywhere from immediately to three to four days later-- I break out in a rash that's made of tiny skin blisters. they are ALWAYS either on one or a combination of the following places on my body- left side...

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    Hi-- I am happy to find this and have joined the Facebook Group. Thank you.  I am trying to find someone who has a similar reaction. When I eat garlic anywhere from immediately to three to four days later-- I break out in a rash that's made of tiny skin blisters. they are ALWAYS either on one or a combination of the following places on my body- left side of left hand and pinky finger, right side of nose, right side of forehead. It cause extreme pain up and down the are where the blisters occur and people have told me it sounds like shingles. Does anyone have this reaction? I really want to find someone who shares this reaction... there was a study done and I found that a small boy had similar reactions but I can't get any of the people involved to respond.

     

    Thanks and good luck!

    • Anonymous
      EMS
      Dec. 02, 2009

      I know its been a while since you've posted this, but I just saw it as I was browsing the web looking for info on the same problem. I'm 35 years, and I've had similar problems when eating garlic, as others have posted on this site, such as extreme bloating, light-headness, nausea, and hot flashes/sweats. I've always had irrability, mood swings, extreme...

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      I know its been a while since you've posted this, but I just saw it as I was browsing the web looking for info on the same problem. I'm 35 years, and I've had similar problems when eating garlic, as others have posted on this site, such as extreme bloating, light-headness, nausea, and hot flashes/sweats. I've always had irrability, mood swings, extreme heart flutters, panic/anxiety attacks, and need 8-12 hours of sleep a night, though I am hyper and energetic when I'm awake. People think that I'm bi-polar, crazy, ADHD, manic depressive, and/or on drugs. I believe that I may be some of these things, but meds haven't never worked. After reading some of these posts, I'm thinking that maybe a garlic allergy is the culpret. About ten years ago, after being prescribed Bactrim, I found out that I am allergic to Sulfa drugs/antibiotics. I broke out in tiny, very itchy blisters starting around my stomach and back. They spread all over my torso, then arms and thighs, and turned into red inflamed hives. I never really ate onions, and knowingly, not too much garlic, until a few years ago. I actually really like onions now, but I think that I've been having allergic reactions to them, and any type of garlic. I'm just now pinpointing it to them, and egg yolks, being the cause. They among lots of others are loaded with sulfur compounds, as are Sulfa meds. I've been breaking out on my face, back of my neck/shoulders, armpits, arms, and upper thighs with large acne/boil-like things. I hate them, especially because I was never one to have bad skin. I was told by a doctor that it was that Staph infection, and that I must have acquired it from a scratch, or something. The fact that these bumps occur sparatically, and often, and that they seem to be coming from within my body, not from an external source, does not lead me to believe that I am "picking it up" from some where. I have very recently began cutting garlic, onions, and eggs out of my diet, and have been noticing a change in my skin. However, like many folks have said on this site, garlic is in just about everything. Taco Bell salsa gets me real good, as did Boston Market, as someone has said. I know when I've eaten something that I should have, because the next day, I break out in many very tiny white blisters around my armpits. They go away within the day, but then I know that I have to worry about breaking out in the acne/boil-like bumps. Sometimes immediately after eating culpret food, I will get tiny blisters in, and/or around my mouth, shoulders, and/or back of my knees. I also getting itchy, even sometimes when there are no blisters present. I even get stuffy in my sinuses, sneezy, and burning eyes occasionally. I don't know if that caused by something that I ate, or something in the air, because I have those types of allergies too. Makes sense, because things that are injested can be released by sweating. In my early twenties, I used to get small blister-like bumps on my face, around my nose and mouth. My friends mother used onions alot in her cooking, and I used to eat there frequently. Thinking about it, that makes sense since we breathe out gases, from foods, from our stomach. I am so obsessed with getting to the bottom of this, so if anyone reads this long post, and is able to enlighten my on this problem, please respond. 

    • Anonymous
      chance10170
      Dec. 07, 2009
      It is so assuring to read these posts, as I thought I was a minority and crazy for thinking I was allergic to garlic, certain onions, milk-based products and some eggs. I also am allergic to sulfa medications and allergic to clams, mussels and scallops. I have scheduled an appt next week to have some tests done to see what I all I am allergic to. It is shocking...
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      It is so assuring to read these posts, as I thought I was a minority and crazy for thinking I was allergic to garlic, certain onions, milk-based products and some eggs. I also am allergic to sulfa medications and allergic to clams, mussels and scallops. I have scheduled an appt next week to have some tests done to see what I all I am allergic to. It is shocking how many foods have garlic in them. Thanks for all the reassurances!
    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Dec. 27, 2009

      After reading this website, I am amazed at the potential adverse reactions to eating garlic, at the same time consider myself lucky at suffering only from the skin condition.My reaction to garlic started in my 30's after about 10 years of eating it in vast quantities with no trouble at all. On day 2 after ingestion a blistering red rash...

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      After reading this website, I am amazed at the potential adverse reactions to eating garlic, at the same time consider myself lucky at suffering only from the skin condition.My reaction to garlic started in my 30's after about 10 years of eating it in vast quantities with no trouble at all. On day 2 after ingestion a blistering red rash would develop on my forehead, then over the few days following it would turn very itchy, dry and flaky...it was like I was shedding a layer of skin. It would take a week for my skin to return to normal with the use of antiseptic creams. The rash always seemed to develop on a Monday after I would return from spending the weekend away in a caravan so for a couple of years I put it down to the 'change in water' and thought nothing more to it than having sensitive skin! However I then started to notice occasionally it would happen at other times at home and not always when I'd been away. It was then I decided to note when the rash would develop & track it back to what I had eaten the days previously. By elimination I soon discovered the culprit to be Garlic and more recently Onions. (incidently the reason it happened frequently after weekends away...was all the al-fresco dining with garlic smothered chicken, garlic bread & various dips containing garlic - heaven at the time but not anymore)! Although I am sometimes tempted by an occasional piece of garlic bread & can get away with onions if they are well cooked I am now considering avoidance wherever possible to prevent the intolerance getting any worse and progressing to the conditions I have read here tonight....I do genuinely feel for all those people suffering from the gastro conditions. Will also be joining the Facebook group.

  • Anonymous
    Caitie
    May. 16, 2009

    i was just complaing on facebook about why garlic has to be in EVERYTHING! my allergy is fairly mild but still very unpleasant particularly since i also have emetiphobia so stomach aches terrify me.

     

    in high school before i knew i had an allergy (and i just thought everyone reacted to garlic the way i do and that i just didn't like garlic) my...

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    i was just complaing on facebook about why garlic has to be in EVERYTHING! my allergy is fairly mild but still very unpleasant particularly since i also have emetiphobia so stomach aches terrify me.

     

    in high school before i knew i had an allergy (and i just thought everyone reacted to garlic the way i do and that i just didn't like garlic) my boyfriend suggested i tell waiters i am allergic to garlic so they would make sure they left it out. i've found that implying to waiters that i am deathly allergic by way of requesting garlic is left out of my meal then asking whoever i'm with if they have my eppi pen ( i don't actually have one) typical gets me a meal with no garlic. i also just avoid italian food all together which actually sort of disappoints me.

     

    i'm also disappointed in the lack of prepackaged foods without garlic because my emetiphobia makes me wierd about eating food other people have handled.

     

    good luck!

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      May. 18, 2009

      As someone who does use an epi pin after eating garlic I have real issues with someone who claims more of a reaction than they actually get!  Because you insist on eating out and overstating your allergy, the next person who comes in might have the waiter thinking, "oh, I've has those people before, they just don't like it, they hardly notice".  My...

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      As someone who does use an epi pin after eating garlic I have real issues with someone who claims more of a reaction than they actually get!  Because you insist on eating out and overstating your allergy, the next person who comes in might have the waiter thinking, "oh, I've has those people before, they just don't like it, they hardly notice".  My main allergy is to onion.  I am alleric to all bulbs.  Onion, garlic, leek, tulips, etc.  I went out to eat with friends after a day at an amuzement park.  Instead of asking the cook to make something speical for me, I let them know what I can not eat and ask if there is anything on the menu.  The cook, the waiter and the manager assured me the chicken was safe.  Less than 10 mins after the food was brought I was outside, turning blue, the ambulance was on the way and my boyfriend was preping my pin.  The response when I asked why they lied? "We thought you were a difficult customer who just didn't like it".  Then they tried to charge us for the meal that almost killed me.  I hardly eat out.  Yes, it has effected my social life, but I find breathing is much more fun that eating out. 

       

      And for any doctor that says you should just re-expose your self until you get over it, should have their medical licence taken away.  True food allergies get WORSE each time you are exposed to the food.  And while the Dr's swear it is not something that runs in families, my grandmother and cousin are both sensitive, but I am the only one with a full allergy.  My grandmother takes bean-o before eating and is just fine.  There is a difference between allergy and sensitity.  Don't pretend you have one, be honest.  It does not hurt to call ahead to a place you are thinking about eating at and checking.  It gives them time to prepare.  If you go out and everything works, leave a nice tip and write a letter.  Waiting jobs are hard work, you are asking a lot, be sure they know you took notice of the extra work on your behalf.  Best of all, they will remember you next time and you'll enjoy your dinning out without the hassle.

  • ClaireL
    May. 05, 2009

    Hi, I also developed an allergy to Garlic in my mid-30s, about 2 years ago.  I've always eaten tons of the stuff and never had a problem but now I have a weird reaction.  36 hrs after eating it, almost to the minute, I start to get very severe upper abdominal pain which lasts for about 14 hrs and is usually accompanied by 12 hrs of constant vomiting. ...

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    Hi, I also developed an allergy to Garlic in my mid-30s, about 2 years ago.  I've always eaten tons of the stuff and never had a problem but now I have a weird reaction.  36 hrs after eating it, almost to the minute, I start to get very severe upper abdominal pain which lasts for about 14 hrs and is usually accompanied by 12 hrs of constant vomiting.  Delightful.  As has been pointed out, garlic is just a total nightmare to avoid.  One thing I've found does completely stop the pain and vomiting is a tablet called lansoprazole - so long as I take that regularly I can eat garlic without any problems.  My doctor is reluctant to prescribe it long term as it can cause you to have stomach upsets due to the fact it kills off the good bacteria in your gut.  I'm about to go and see him again to try and get some more as I'm so fed up with trying to work out exactly which dishes I can eat every time I go out!

  • Anonymous
    Tee
    May. 01, 2009
    Hi Laurie. I don't know if you're still out there. Most of the foods you listed are common food allergens. I'm allergic to dozens of foods, chemicals, ingredients derived from some of these allergies, and a whole slew of other things. I wish I knew what to tell you about garlic but I don't want to give you incorrect information. I just wanted to tell you in...
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    Hi Laurie. I don't know if you're still out there. Most of the foods you listed are common food allergens. I'm allergic to dozens of foods, chemicals, ingredients derived from some of these allergies, and a whole slew of other things. I wish I knew what to tell you about garlic but I don't want to give you incorrect information. I just wanted to tell you in case you didn't know to watch out for citric acid. It's in so many things. You really have to read ingredients labels on everything. Sometimes you'll see things such as "apple juice" that has nothing to do with the food(s) you are buying or eating. Citric acid is a biggie. I'm not sure if you know that tomatoes are includes with other fruits such as apples, oranges, etc. Sugar is a tough one too because again, this is something that is hidden in a lot of other ingredients. Dairy too. There are several different names for dairy or derivatives from dairy that are listed by names that sound chinese for Pete's sake. Keep a journal if you have to and take note on things that you may never have even suspected. Good luck and be careful.
    • Laurie
      May. 01, 2009

      Hi: I am still here! Dairy is actually much easier to avoid because I know all the potential names and can look for them on labels. Citrus is still a problem for me but only when I consume a lot, like a glass of orange juice. Thanks for the note!

    • Anonymous
      Helen
      May. 12, 2009

      Hi Laurie

      I also think I have an allergy and have been to the doctor who said it isn't possible to be allergic to garlic.

      I have narrowed it down to celery and garlic. Celery is now printed as a warning on some products but people think I'm mad when I ask them if it contains garlic.

      Depending on the quantity I have my symptoms vary and I wondered whether you...

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      Hi Laurie

      I also think I have an allergy and have been to the doctor who said it isn't possible to be allergic to garlic.

      I have narrowed it down to celery and garlic. Celery is now printed as a warning on some products but people think I'm mad when I ask them if it contains garlic.

      Depending on the quantity I have my symptoms vary and I wondered whether you suffered with similar symptoms or am I just going mad !!!

      I get a headache which doesn't respond to any medication, my eyes go blurry and I feel like I am in a bubble. The first time it happened my friends thought I had taken drugs as I had a spaced out expression (I have never taken drugs so find it difficult to explain the spaced out feeling)

      It feels like everything is in slow motion but I can't join in. I have to be taken to bed to sleep it off. The next morning I suffer with diarrohea and sickness. Doctors just say it is IBS, if I avoid garlic and celery I don't get these symptoms. But as people have said garlic is everywhere, why do so many companies add it to there products ?

      What is the best food allergy test where people don't just take your money and then tell you rubbish.

      I had a chinese hair test which told me I had many allergies like wheat and dairy. I am intolerent to dairy but don't get any symptoms when eating wheat.

      Sorry to go on but I really need some help and guidance.

    • Laurie
      May. 12, 2009

      The skin prick test has the best reliability and is the cheapest test. The blood test is called the RAST test and is quite expensive ($400) and can have some false positives. That said, I prefer the RAST test because all that is required is a blood draw. Your symptom of feeling like "you're in a bubble" is exactly what I feel right before I drop into my garlic...

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      The skin prick test has the best reliability and is the cheapest test. The blood test is called the RAST test and is quite expensive ($400) and can have some false positives. That said, I prefer the RAST test because all that is required is a blood draw. Your symptom of feeling like "you're in a bubble" is exactly what I feel right before I drop into my garlic coma. I can't think straight and I'm extremely tired and confused. I probably shouldn't even drive a car when I get like that because that's how out of it I get.

       

      All I can say about dealing with it is total avoidance. Luckily, my symptoms have eased up quite a bit since I've been pregnant, so there is a little light in the tunnel for all you women out there!

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Apr. 30, 2009

    Hello, I am in my 30's and I to suffer from the nasty effects that garlic can cause certain individuals. I also am not a fan of onions, but they are not as bad as garlic. Like a previous poster said, my case could be related to the removal of mercury amalgam from my teeth. My symptoms include: mild-medium gas, stinky tongue and depression caused by the mind-numbing...

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    Hello, I am in my 30's and I to suffer from the nasty effects that garlic can cause certain individuals. I also am not a fan of onions, but they are not as bad as garlic. Like a previous poster said, my case could be related to the removal of mercury amalgam from my teeth. My symptoms include: mild-medium gas, stinky tongue and depression caused by the mind-numbing effect that the evil G has on me. I also suffer with insomnia. The problems start a few hours after ingestion and then dissipate about 24 hours later.  I am really glad I found this site as people tend to laugh and think I am making this up. Thankyou and good luck with your quest to vanquish this demon.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Apr. 27, 2009

    My son has a multitude of food allergies - the worst being nuts and eggs.  However, I have noticed that whenever I cook my rosemary and garlic roast pork, he vomits the next day.  I do use garlic but it is usually a dried seasoning mixed with other spices. My recipe for rosemary and garlic pork uses 3 cloves of crushed garlic.  Could it...

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    My son has a multitude of food allergies - the worst being nuts and eggs.  However, I have noticed that whenever I cook my rosemary and garlic roast pork, he vomits the next day.  I do use garlic but it is usually a dried seasoning mixed with other spices. My recipe for rosemary and garlic pork uses 3 cloves of crushed garlic.  Could it be the garlic or the rosemary?  Or is it all just a coincidence?

    • Anonymous
      b
      Jun. 18, 2009

      Three cloves of crushed garlic in a roast would make any garlic allergic person sick. Just reading your recipe made me queasy.   Try the roast without the garlic and just use olive oil, salt pepper and fresh crushed rosemary.  That works for me, and is still a very tasty roast.  PS Dried seasoning is still garlic. No garlic means no...

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      Three cloves of crushed garlic in a roast would make any garlic allergic person sick. Just reading your recipe made me queasy.   Try the roast without the garlic and just use olive oil, salt pepper and fresh crushed rosemary.  That works for me, and is still a very tasty roast.  PS Dried seasoning is still garlic. No garlic means no garlic.  Period.

  • Anonymous
    midnightmtnfarm
    Apr. 26, 2009

    I am so glad to have found your site. I have been having gastrointestinal trouble for about 2 years but have had some freak episodes of sickness even before that. After numerous tests from bad gas and distention, I was given the IBS diagnosis as well as testing for celiacs disease and various ultrasounds (which were negative). I was also told by the gastro...

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    I am so glad to have found your site. I have been having gastrointestinal trouble for about 2 years but have had some freak episodes of sickness even before that. After numerous tests from bad gas and distention, I was given the IBS diagnosis as well as testing for celiacs disease and various ultrasounds (which were negative). I was also told by the gastro specialist that I have gastroparesis, which is basically a slowed stomach emptying process, which probably exacerbates the reactions I am having. The treatments for this are not great right now- the one they were using was just recallled......Anyway, I have been getting worse, severe pain and gas were always common but now vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness and sweats are added to the list if garlic is used on steaks or seafood in a restaurant . Its horrible- always when we go out to dinner someplace new- usually while on vacation- I end up in the bathroom by midnight. I had no idea it could be garlic related. I have noticed the garlic burp before and knew that I had some trouble digesting it but now I realize that I am likely allergic. I will make a much better attempt to avoid it in the future. I am excited to see the difference. Many days, my stomach is distended before I even get home from work. The more I think about it, garlic must be the culprit. I cant believe none of the doctors I have seen considered a food allergy other than the Celiacs thing. Wow- what they dont know.....

    • Anonymous
      BJ
      May. 27, 2009

      I am so glad to have found this site.  For years I blamed getting bad food, mainly chicken or just having a sensitive stomach on my bouts of diarrhea and vomiting.  It seems to start about 4-5 hours after eating and it has sometimes lasted for 2-3 hours.  After remembering that my mother had a sensitivity to garlic and my daughter mentioned that...

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      I am so glad to have found this site.  For years I blamed getting bad food, mainly chicken or just having a sensitive stomach on my bouts of diarrhea and vomiting.  It seems to start about 4-5 hours after eating and it has sometimes lasted for 2-3 hours.  After remembering that my mother had a sensitivity to garlic and my daughter mentioned that she was having issues with garlic, I realized that garlic was the real problem not the chicken or that I had a sensitive stomach.  I thank Laurie and others that have posted specific brands/items that do not have garlic in them.  Please keep them coming as you find them.

       

      Since I really love tomato products, I contacted Furmano Foods about a couple of their tomato products and received the attached response below.  I found Furmano products in the Giant chain grocery store.  I also found another company with tomato products Rosa Foods (Rosafoods.com).  I have not purchased Rosa products so not sure where they can be purchased.  I went to their website today and some of their tomato products do not list garlic as an ingredient but have not contacted them yet.  I have started to make my own tomato sauce for pasta/pizza and will be making my own salad dressings.

       

      Response from Furmano Foods - Thank you for your email with your question about ingredients in Furmano Crushed Tomatoes and Furmano Stewed Tomatoes.  Your questions are always welcome.   There is no garlic in Furmano Crushed Tomatoes or Furmano Stewed Tomatoes.  Garlic must be declared in the ingredient statement if it is in the product.  The spice in the crushed tomatoes is oregano. The spice and in the stewed tomatoes is celery seed while the natural flavors are extractives of black pepper, red pepper, and cinnamon.   We trust this information was helpful to you and that you will be able to use Furmano Tomato Products.   Thank you, Frank Furman Furmano Foods Frank.furman@furmanos.com

  • Anonymous
    Rick
    Apr. 25, 2009

    Agh! Last night I got hold of garlic hidden in something I ate; obviously my usual detective skills faied me. My symtpoms are a tired drunken feeling right after ingestion. Today I have what feels like a swollen tongue and slight pain in what I think is my kidneys. On occaision, when really heavily exposed, I have had very bad "garlic hangovers" that include...

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    Agh! Last night I got hold of garlic hidden in something I ate; obviously my usual detective skills faied me. My symtpoms are a tired drunken feeling right after ingestion. Today I have what feels like a swollen tongue and slight pain in what I think is my kidneys. On occaision, when really heavily exposed, I have had very bad "garlic hangovers" that include sensitivty to light, movement and all the typical alcohol like symptoms.

     

    Don't you hate the "there's so little garlic in there you won't even taste it" remark??? Well, then why put it in???!!!

    • Anonymous
      Erika
      Apr. 25, 2009

      Thank goodness I found this site. I've been having stomach/GI problems for appoximately 7 years and am only 23 years old. I've been diagnosed with NERD, GERD, had testing done for allergies, had acupuncture, celiac's testing, ultrasounds, H-pylori testing and more. I'm finally going back to the allergist with my own conclusion after my skin recently starting...

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      Thank goodness I found this site. I've been having stomach/GI problems for appoximately 7 years and am only 23 years old. I've been diagnosed with NERD, GERD, had testing done for allergies, had acupuncture, celiac's testing, ultrasounds, H-pylori testing and more. I'm finally going back to the allergist with my own conclusion after my skin recently starting reacting to when I eat (and after ending up in the ER two times over a year period).I've maily had GI problems abdominal pain, excessive gas, etc...

       

      I'm thinking garlic is the culprit. I didn't start eating it fresh until college, and am hoping it may be an allergy! My mother is also allergic to lilies which in the same family! If my allergy proves to be garlic its time to go cold turkey (which I have been trying on and off for a while)....

       

       

  • Anonymous
    Shelly
    Apr. 09, 2009

    I became allergic to Garlic when i was 21. Luckily for me my tongue gets extremely sore if the smallest amount of garlic touches it but unluckily for me if i ingest it my tongue and throat swell. Reading things on this site amazes me as i have only ever met 1 person who has the allergy, yet it seems there are loads!!

  • Anonymous
    Donna
    Apr. 07, 2009

    I am 60 years old, of Italian ancestry, and have never been able to eat garlic without severe stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea which lasts at least 2 days.  My mother noticed it when I was a small child because I was sickly all the time.  She stopped cooking with garlic and then I never became sick after that.  Throughout my life, whenever...

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    I am 60 years old, of Italian ancestry, and have never been able to eat garlic without severe stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea which lasts at least 2 days.  My mother noticed it when I was a small child because I was sickly all the time.  She stopped cooking with garlic and then I never became sick after that.  Throughout my life, whenever garlic was in the food, but unnoticed, I had the same horrible reaction.   I always ask at restaurants.  If the food has garlic, I ask them to prepare it without garlic.  Most will comply.  If everything is pre-made (often in chain-restaurants), I eat bread and butter until I can get home.  I have never outgrown this allergy and my allergist told me to just avoid garlic.  He said I probably cannot digest it.  It must be an inherited problem.

  • Anonymous
    samiamisme
    Jan. 31, 2009

    I, too, believe I have a garlic allergy. Although I've never been tested, I realized one day when I was cooking with whole garlic cloves I had this strange reaction. I held a clove in my hand and all of a sudden I got very dizzy. For some reason, I sniffed the clove and nearly fell down with a giant wave of dizziness. It was as if someone just spun me around...

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    I, too, believe I have a garlic allergy. Although I've never been tested, I realized one day when I was cooking with whole garlic cloves I had this strange reaction. I held a clove in my hand and all of a sudden I got very dizzy. For some reason, I sniffed the clove and nearly fell down with a giant wave of dizziness. It was as if someone just spun me around as fast as they could. I had to sit down. Since then, I've been testing myself. I will eat something with garlic and monitor how I feel and sure enough every time, I get a vast wave of dizziness. It's the weirdest thing and so annoying. I feel like I can't eat anything unless I've prepared it myself. I can't eat out, I can't buy anything pre-packaged. And I'm not into cooking very much, so I often find myself eating bread. It's fast, filling and I'm lazy at the end of a 16 hour shift. Has anyone else had this type of reaction?

    • Anonymous
      Deborah
      Feb. 10, 2009

      Hi,

      I have a much more mild response to garlic than most of you - flatulence and diarrohea - which are bad enough. It started only recently - I'm 60. My father had it too when he was older. He was living in Spain and found this very inconvenient. Then I read somewhere that if you remove the green shoot from the centre of the garlic clove, you have no reaction....

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      Hi,

      I have a much more mild response to garlic than most of you - flatulence and diarrohea - which are bad enough. It started only recently - I'm 60. My father had it too when he was older. He was living in Spain and found this very inconvenient. Then I read somewhere that if you remove the green shoot from the centre of the garlic clove, you have no reaction. He found this worked and was thrilled - used to get the chefs in restaurants to do it!! I haven't fully tested it - I have mostly just stopped using it for now - but have the impression it works.

       

      I have also found I react to suphur. Recent soaks in hot sulphur pools (I live in New Zealand) have left me with a rash all over my body that moves down my arms and legs. I know that onions contain a lot of sulphur, so perhaps this is linked???????

       

      Wild speculation, I know, but worth further investigation.

       

      Good luck to all you sufferers, Deborah

    • Anonymous
      kim
      Mar. 22, 2009

      Im glad to hear that there are others out there with a Garlic allergy.  My Dr told me there was "no such thing" as a food intolerance which prompted me for years to discount my symptoms.  It wasnt until I started working with a Naturopathic physician that I got a igG Antibody blood test for food intolerances.  Guess what?  Im off the charts...

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      Im glad to hear that there are others out there with a Garlic allergy.  My Dr told me there was "no such thing" as a food intolerance which prompted me for years to discount my symptoms.  It wasnt until I started working with a Naturopathic physician that I got a igG Antibody blood test for food intolerances.  Guess what?  Im off the charts for Garlic!!

       

      In any event, whenever I eat Garlic, I get a stuffy nose, puffiness, fatigue ( feel like Im hungover) mood swings, dizziness, blood pressure rises, indigestion, eye twitches and nausea.  It is MISERABLE and like others, I inadvertently eat garlic all the time because it will be labeled as "spices"

       

      Im about to try NAET, which Ive heard has excellent results for folks suffering from food intolerances.  NAET is a homopathic treatment  which eliminates allegies and I know some folks who have had these treatments and no longer have an allergy.

       

      http://www.naet.com/

       

      In case anyone wants to read more.  I start in a few weeks and will post back here.  Im feeling particularly miserable this weekend since I dined out and what was suppose to have been garlic free turned out to be laden with it!

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Apr. 02, 2009

      Has anyone tried taking Acidophilous (sp?) for this problem?  It puts the good bacteria in the digestive tract and maybe, just maybe, you may find some relief.  

      It seems to be working for me and I have an allergy to dairy.

  • Anonymous
    LARRY
    Jan. 11, 2009

    I'M A PHYSICIAN AND SUFFER JUST AS YOU DO. NO NOBEL PRIZE DISCOVERIES COMING FOR THIS ONE ANY TIME SOON. AT ALMOST ALL RESTAURANTS - ON THE WAY IN ALMOST ALL RESTAURANTS, A WORD WITH THE MANAGER REQUESTING A GRILLED ITEM AND NO PREPARED SAUCE USUALLY GETS THE JOB DONE. ALMOST EVERY CHEF'S SAUCE IN A RESTAURANT HAS GARLIC. I ASK FOR GRILLED FISH AND SQUEEZE...

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    I'M A PHYSICIAN AND SUFFER JUST AS YOU DO. NO NOBEL PRIZE DISCOVERIES COMING FOR THIS ONE ANY TIME SOON. AT ALMOST ALL RESTAURANTS - ON THE WAY IN ALMOST ALL RESTAURANTS, A WORD WITH THE MANAGER REQUESTING A GRILLED ITEM AND NO PREPARED SAUCE USUALLY GETS THE JOB DONE. ALMOST EVERY CHEF'S SAUCE IN A RESTAURANT HAS GARLIC. I ASK FOR GRILLED FISH AND SQUEEZE LEMON ON IT.I OFTEN ASK FOR SLICED TOMATO ON THE SIDE, DICE IT MYSELF AND PUT DICED TOMATO OR ONION ON THE FISH.  GRILLED STEAK, GRILLED VEGETABLE, ETC. BOTTOM LINE CAN EAT OUT. IT WILL BE HEALTHY AND IT WILL NOT HAVE GARLIC BUT IT WON'T TASTE GOURMET. NOW THAT I SEE HOW COMMON IT IS I WILL GET TO WORK ON WORKING WITH I PEOPLE ON AN ANTIDOTE. LACTOSE INTOLERANCE HAS A REPLACEMENT ENZYME. LETS FIGURE OUT WHAT WE NEED TO DIGEST THIS FOOD.

    • Anonymous
      Risse
      Jan. 14, 2009

      I have two suggestion for those who are only mildly affected by ingesting garlic. Mint tea and red wine. I've found that I can eat things that contain moderate amounts of garlic if I drink what I have named my "mint tea tonic", which basically is about 3-4 mint tea bags brewed in a single mug. Once brewed, it truly tastes medicinal. I drink it without sugar...

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      I have two suggestion for those who are only mildly affected by ingesting garlic. Mint tea and red wine. I've found that I can eat things that contain moderate amounts of garlic if I drink what I have named my "mint tea tonic", which basically is about 3-4 mint tea bags brewed in a single mug. Once brewed, it truly tastes medicinal. I drink it without sugar and make sure to have it during the meal and afterwards. I've found that the key is to be sure to drink the tea during the garlicky meal, because if I wait too long, it doesn't work.

       

      Red wine with garlicky meals also works wonders for me, although, neither of the wine nor the mint tea tonic totally eliminate all symptoms. 

       

      Lately I've stopped eating food cooked with garlic (at home) and have been feeling much better with the IBS-feeling, garlic-related symptoms, but last night I had some baked chicken from Costco, which must've had garlic oil or something on it.... I awoke this morning feeling nauseated and experiencing sharp pains in my stomach. This garlic sensitivity thing is no joke. Gas-X helps too.  Good luck all.

    • Anonymous
      Gary in NYC
      Jan. 28, 2009

      Thank you for the suggestion on fighting garlic intolerance.  I will endeavor to take red wine during a meal containing garlic and follow with mint tea.  At one point I had heard that there is a pill you can take before you eat garlic that is supposed to help alleviate reactions to the garlic, but I can't recall the name and haven't been able to find...

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      Thank you for the suggestion on fighting garlic intolerance.  I will endeavor to take red wine during a meal containing garlic and follow with mint tea.  At one point I had heard that there is a pill you can take before you eat garlic that is supposed to help alleviate reactions to the garlic, but I can't recall the name and haven't been able to find anything on line.

       

      In my case, I was fine with garlic for many years.  I *love* the taste of cooked garlic.  But when I was in my 30's, I attended the Gilroy Garlic Festival and ate tremendous amounts of the stuff in the many incarnations that were available.  The next day I was a wreck.  Diarrhea and excessive flatulence plagued me for several days.  Eventually I was fine... but something about that incident changed my body from that point on.  I can eat garlic in very small amounts.  But if it goes above a certain level, I suffer from flatulence about 4-6 hours later and on through the next day.  Thankfully I do not suffer any other reactions, like fatigue and swollen tongue.  I am not sure if I have an allergy or if I'm stuck with intestinal flora that interferes with garlic digestion.

    • Anonymous
      Gary in NYC
      Jan. 28, 2009

      I've found something that might work:  BEANO.

      http://www.beanogas.com/


    • Anonymous
      Joe
      Feb. 13, 2010

      Beano does not work for garlic allergy.  I called the company and asked.  They told me "No", but I tried it anyway and it did nothing.  I have had a garlic allergy since my mid 20's (I'm 50 now).  Like many others here, I didn't realize it was a garlic allergy for about 10 years.  I thought I had IBS.  This site has been very enlightening. ...

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      Beano does not work for garlic allergy.  I called the company and asked.  They told me "No", but I tried it anyway and it did nothing.  I have had a garlic allergy since my mid 20's (I'm 50 now).  Like many others here, I didn't realize it was a garlic allergy for about 10 years.  I thought I had IBS.  This site has been very enlightening.  Thanks much Laurie!  Like you, I'd love to travel to Italy (I'm Italian) but I've been afraid to because of the allergy.  It is hard enough getting a garlic free meal in the U.S.  I'm thinking it may be near impossible there, especially with the language gap too.

       

      Another user mentioned being lactose intolerant.  I am also lactose intolerant and I have a sulfite allergy.  When I was young, I had a reaction to a sulfa anti-biotic.  I don't remember it but my mom told me.  I'm not sure that has any correlation though as the sulfite allergy did not surface until I was 40 or so.  At first, I only had a reaction every now and then but it got worse.  It took me a while to figure out.  My lips would swell up and become severly chapped.  I also get tiny blisters all over them.  It takes several day sot a week to go away, depending on how much I have.  At first I thought I was developing a shellfish allergy because when I went to family parties we often have shrimp cocktail and drink wine.  I suspected the wine so I tried not having any but still had a reaction.  So I assumed it was the shrimp.  It was - indirectly.  It turns out the shrimp was soaked in bottled lemon juice, which contains sodium meta-bisulfite as a preservative.  It is also in many other things like dried coconut and prepared french fries.  Benadryl taken before ingestion stops the reaction to the sulfites.  The problem is Benadryl plus wine equals tiredness and sleep.  Not much fun at a party or gathering.  I found sulfite-free wine (Frey is the brand) but I've found nothing that helps the garlic problems. 

       

      When I go to a business meeting, it is often impossible to eat anything, so I always carry lots of nuts and protein bars when I travel.  It doesn't make life fun but my friends and coworkers know now and look out for me so that helps.  It is rare that I get through a whole trip without getting some garlic along the line though.  Amazingly, we had dinner at PF Changs in Seattle a few weeks ago.  I told the waitress about my allergy and they cooked all my food separately in a separate wok with no garlic.  It was great!  I got to have Chinese food with no reaction!

       

      Joe

    • Laurie
      Feb. 17, 2010

      Hi Joe: Thanks for replying! I also had good luck at PF Chang's in Seattle. What a coincidence! That's interesting about the lemon juice. I am also allergic to citrus. Now I am starting to wonder if I have an overall allergy to sulfites like so many reported here. I gave birth last July and now 6 months later my allergies are starting to come back. It was so...

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      Hi Joe: Thanks for replying! I also had good luck at PF Chang's in Seattle. What a coincidence! That's interesting about the lemon juice. I am also allergic to citrus. Now I am starting to wonder if I have an overall allergy to sulfites like so many reported here. I gave birth last July and now 6 months later my allergies are starting to come back. It was so nice to have the year off. Somehow the pregnancy suppressed my allergies. 

    • Joe
      Joe
      Feb. 17, 2010

      Laurie,

       

      If you are allergic to sulfites, you will likely have a reaction with wine, bottled lemon or lime juices, packaged coconut and some frozen shellfish as they often have sulfites.  Benadryl works for me with the sulfites but not the garlic.

    • Anonymous
      carinazo
      Feb. 05, 2010

      Larry,

       

      Please use your medical powers for good. :)  Man, I would love to eat shrimp scampi again but I would be so pleased to eat out like a normal person :)

       

      I've been trying to understand the differences between allergies and sensitivities or intolerances... and the variety of symptoms that sufferers have.  One guy was talking about...

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      Larry,

       

      Please use your medical powers for good. :)  Man, I would love to eat shrimp scampi again but I would be so pleased to eat out like a normal person :)

       

      I've been trying to understand the differences between allergies and sensitivities or intolerances... and the variety of symptoms that sufferers have.  One guy was talking about Alliase (very high concentration in garlic, less in onions, and even less in asparagus) being broken down in our system by molybdenum and creating sulfer... those with less molybdenum (deficiency) produce sulfuric acid... joy.

       

      So get some medical friends together, make us a pill, I will help you market it and we'll make millions.

  • Anonymous
    bcapp
    Jan. 07, 2009

    always a challenge eating out but a good friend of mine who is a chef said most real chefs can prepare food without garlic, most times they do not want to be bothered. we have a couple places that know me and are very helpful. my favorite is when the waitress comes back after asking about garlic and says " the chef said it is ok there is only a little garlic"...

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    always a challenge eating out but a good friend of mine who is a chef said most real chefs can prepare food without garlic, most times they do not want to be bothered. we have a couple places that know me and are very helpful. my favorite is when the waitress comes back after asking about garlic and says " the chef said it is ok there is only a little garlic" that is when my wife knows my next line....."honey can you imagine bbeing just a little pregnant"  that usually gets the point across... my reactions are swift and alomost flu like along with extended stays in the bathroom, i can always tell the "degree" of being garliced by how sick i get....p.s.  i am full blooded italian... my mother would not even believe i could be allergic to garlic

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Dec. 29, 2008

    I have been intolerant to garlic and dairy for 30 years.  I was fine until my early twenties when I started to notice all sorts of symptoms.  At first they thought it was IBS, Crones, and fatigue.  The unfortunate thing is that most people think it to be an odd intolerance and don't take it seriously.  They symptons (all of the described...

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    I have been intolerant to garlic and dairy for 30 years.  I was fine until my early twenties when I started to notice all sorts of symptoms.  At first they thought it was IBS, Crones, and fatigue.  The unfortunate thing is that most people think it to be an odd intolerance and don't take it seriously.  They symptons (all of the described by previous writers) happen within minutes.  I tend to only frequent restaurants where they take great care with their customers.  Sometimes it's impossible no matter how careful restaurants are that traces of garlic from seasoned grills and pans leach onto the food. I find this particularly so in Greek restaurants.  When eating Chinese, often they will say there's a little not recognizing a little is too much.  There should be a food safety measures that cover allergies beyond nuts with restaurants.  Since I used to work in hospitality, I have the good fortune of knowing many restauranteurs where I can call in advance or speak to the chef.  If a waiter says there's no garlic in the dish and I can smell it or even taste it, I do have to question and send it back.  They will ask how do I know - first of all it tastes great and not eating it at all your taste buds are really sensitive to it - fresh, cooked, powdered or infused in oil.    I ran into a lady who wanted a piece of pizza while standing in line at a shop who had an intolerance and she was shocked to meet another person.  The good news was this place didn't use garlic in the tomato base sauce.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Dec. 28, 2008

    I was having many of the problems described here and thru an elimination diet, I figured out that I had to completly avoid garlic, it was making me very sick.

     

    Because some of my family members had used a practitioner/chiropractor that utilizes Namburipad's allergy elimination testing/trestment and had great success.  I tried it and can eat garlic...

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    I was having many of the problems described here and thru an elimination diet, I figured out that I had to completly avoid garlic, it was making me very sick.

     

    Because some of my family members had used a practitioner/chiropractor that utilizes Namburipad's allergy elimination testing/trestment and had great success.  I tried it and can eat garlic now with NO PROBLEMS.  honestly, it is a whole new world.....

     

    www.naet.com  I encourage all of you to read more info on this site, get the book out of the library or talk to a local practitioner.  There is a list of practitioners by area and their fees greatly vary, it is worth talking to them about their fees.  From my experience, they often offer programs to help those whose insurance will not cover it and that is MOST of us, insurance does not like this procedure. 

     

    Goodluck!

    Erin in Cleveland

  • Anonymous
    Bonnie
    Dec. 23, 2008

    This thread here is one of the longest and most comprehenive garlic allergy discussions on the web and has been invaluable to me, and it is among the first hits on google, but it is so long it is almost impossible to read the entire thing. I started a Faceook group for specifically garlic allergy/intolerance. I would like to take all of the relevant information...

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    This thread here is one of the longest and most comprehenive garlic allergy discussions on the web and has been invaluable to me, and it is among the first hits on google, but it is so long it is almost impossible to read the entire thing. I started a Faceook group for specifically garlic allergy/intolerance. I would like to take all of the relevant information from here and other souces on the web and make a clear and comprehensive resource for people with garlic allergies.

     

    Please take a look and help contribute to the knowledge base!

     

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=41131437871

    • Laurie
      Dec. 24, 2008

      Great idea! I'll look for you on Facebook.

    • Vel
      Vel
      Mar. 13, 2009

      Awesome!! I just joined it.

  • Anonymous
    Laila
    Dec. 16, 2008

    I have a garlic sensitivity which has been increasing over time. It's sad, because I love garlic, but now when I put some powdered garlic on my foods, my throat has started itching and I've started to get a tightness in my upper chest.

    I guess I'm going to have to cut it out as best I can from now on.

  • Anonymous
    allergymom
    Dec. 12, 2008

    Thank you everyone for sharing all this useful info.  My one year old was recently diagnosed with many many allergies and garlic was the highest one!  He is also allergic to milk, wheat, egg, peanut, soy, oat, coconut, and cats and dogs.  I can't tell you how difficult this has been for our entire family.  I think of all his allergies garlic...

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    Thank you everyone for sharing all this useful info.  My one year old was recently diagnosed with many many allergies and garlic was the highest one!  He is also allergic to milk, wheat, egg, peanut, soy, oat, coconut, and cats and dogs.  I can't tell you how difficult this has been for our entire family.  I think of all his allergies garlic is the hardest.  I make everything for him from all natural and organic foods.  I don't even attempt to order anything but fresh fruit when we go out.  I carry a cooler wherever we go with all of his foods.  We are going on a family trip to Disney next week and I have a weeks worth of foods cooked and frozen.  I will pack them in a styrophome cooler with ice and put in a box and check the box at the airline.  The majority of the doctors and nutrionists we have seen are not educated enough to give me any good advice.  I have come to use the internet as my main source of information.  It is sites like this that give me the advice and information needed to raise my son as risk free from his allergies as possible.  Thank you thank you thank you!!! 

  • Anonymous
    Jay
    Dec. 08, 2008

    Laurie,

     

    I too believe I have an allergy to garlic.  Maybe not as severe as some of you but I can have sever abdominal pain when eating small amounts.  Bloating, slow digestion, and sharp stabbing like pains from my stomach. I avoid eating garlic whenever possible.  I have very similar problems with any kind of onions or shallots.

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    Laurie,

     

    I too believe I have an allergy to garlic.  Maybe not as severe as some of you but I can have sever abdominal pain when eating small amounts.  Bloating, slow digestion, and sharp stabbing like pains from my stomach. I avoid eating garlic whenever possible.  I have very similar problems with any kind of onions or shallots.

     

    What's even more annoying is that no one believes me when I mentions my allergy to garlic.  Why hasn't this ever been reported in the main stream media.  The symptoms are very painful and sometimes it's not very easy to detect if a certain food has garlic in it.

    • Anonymous
      leefy
      Dec. 22, 2008

      I have had this with increasing severity over the last 8 or so years...Now garlic and onions make me so ill..I get the craziest stomach pains...They consume my whole body and make me weak...I cannot stand up and with the most recent attcks (normally when someone says "it doesn't have garlic in it")my lips turn to fire and my breathing gets shorter and more...

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      I have had this with increasing severity over the last 8 or so years...Now garlic and onions make me so ill..I get the craziest stomach pains...They consume my whole body and make me weak...I cannot stand up and with the most recent attcks (normally when someone says "it doesn't have garlic in it")my lips turn to fire and my breathing gets shorter and more difficult...The main annoyance for me is a lot of my friends just put it down to me being a fussy eater...This is the worst thing because if we go out for food they'll make a big deal over me being a "problem eater"....Im glad i've seen these posts...I've had enough...Im going to book an appointment with my doctor and get someone with skills to look this over...I had a friend who had his allergies tested and he's always hassling me to do the same...Good luck to all you guys with the same problem...Garlic is in everything.

  • marney
    Aug. 26, 2008

    I too have an allergy to garlic.  It runs in my family.  We get it in our 30's.  The smell of garlic makes us nauseated.  If garlic is ingested, here's what happens:  within 15 minutes stomach cramping begins (the pain is actually worse then childbirth), about 15 minutes later, vomiting begins.  About 15 minutes later, severe explosive...

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    I too have an allergy to garlic.  It runs in my family.  We get it in our 30's.  The smell of garlic makes us nauseated.  If garlic is ingested, here's what happens:  within 15 minutes stomach cramping begins (the pain is actually worse then childbirth), about 15 minutes later, vomiting begins.  About 15 minutes later, severe explosive diarrhea begins.  Cramping, vomiting and diarrhea goes on for about 4 hours then I feel 100% fine.  The symptoms come on so quick and violently that I haven't found any over the counter meds help once it starts.  I basically avoid all processed food.  Eating out is extremely difficult due to cross contamination issues - using pots, cooking utensils, grills that have garlic traces.

    Interesting enough, I do NOT test positive to garlic on a skin test.  I have spent thousands of dollars trying to get rid of this allergy and have had no luck.  I have seen a homeopathic doctor and taken pills for a year.  No Luck.  I have also gone the homeopathic accupuncture route (4 months of treatments).  No Luck.  I have heard that there is a method of injecting garlic starting with minute amounts and then working to greater amounts.  Has anybody tried this and been successful?  Thanks.

    • Shivani
      Sep. 07, 2008

      I have not tried garlic injections, but it sounds like it could potentially help. I'd like to hear more, if anyone has tried that. What I have tried is allergy elimination therapy" with an acupuncturist -- NAET and Bioset are two available methods I know of, and there may be others. The treatment course is expensive, and not quick either...but I am happy to...

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      I have not tried garlic injections, but it sounds like it could potentially help. I'd like to hear more, if anyone has tried that. What I have tried is allergy elimination therapy" with an acupuncturist -- NAET and Bioset are two available methods I know of, and there may be others. The treatment course is expensive, and not quick either...but I am happy to say that it has greatly reduced my symptoms when I have accidental garlic exposure. It has not "eliminated" them entirely, but made them much more tolerable. So, instead of severe headache, vomiting, cramps and diarrhea, I may get a mild headache and mild stomach upset. And instead of the symptoms lasting for 24 hours or more, they tend to resolve within a few hours. Overall, I consider the improvement worthwhile -- but I definitely continue to make every atempt to avoid garlic exposure.

  • Anonymous
    Willie Moller
    Aug. 17, 2008

     

    I was surprised to read about your allergy on garlic.   I discovered about 3 years ago that I also suffered from a Garlic allergy.  

     

    I love chocolates and had a constant bleeding for years.  And got a suppository from the GP to help stop the bleeding.  I stopped eating all products containing coco.  I also stopped...

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    I was surprised to read about your allergy on garlic.   I discovered about 3 years ago that I also suffered from a Garlic allergy.  

     

    I love chocolates and had a constant bleeding for years.  And got a suppository from the GP to help stop the bleeding.  I stopped eating all products containing coco.  I also stopped drinking coffee and Bioplus, but my condition did not change.  I found that after eating out at hotels I felt very discomfort a then I realised that it was the spices or seasoning used in the food.  At home we stopped using the general mixed spices and started to use only Coriander, Gloves. Pepper salt in food and suddenly my bleeding stopped.   One day we went to a party and there was food-containing Garlic and after I have eaten it I was very sick.  Then I realised that it was the Garlic.  I have taken it up with Woolworths SA, the manufacturer but I had poor response.  Now I know that I can not eat any food other than at home and if I do I have to make sure that there was no garlic used.  The problem is that if the utensils used to prepare food was also used for food containing garlic I do have a problem.

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Oct. 26, 2008

      I can't believe what am reading after yeasrs of feeling no-one else has this! I'm 48.

       

      I'm allergic to garlic, chives etc and also peppers and chilies - a sprinkle of Paprika as a garnish makes me so ill.

       

      I first reacted when Iwas 10 - I had a Chinese meal, which were pretty new then to the UK, and was violently ill. As the years went on, and garlic...

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      I can't believe what am reading after yeasrs of feeling no-one else has this! I'm 48.

       

      I'm allergic to garlic, chives etc and also peppers and chilies - a sprinkle of Paprika as a garnish makes me so ill.

       

      I first reacted when Iwas 10 - I had a Chinese meal, which were pretty new then to the UK, and was violently ill. As the years went on, and garlic and peppers became more prevalent in our foods, so did the reactions.

       

      My Mum has the same reacton and 2 of my 3 sons have it in a milder form - they react somewhat to garlic, but not at all to peppers/chillies.

       

      Antacid in massive amounts can help with the pain, if taken right away, but nothing stops the vomiting, diarrhoea, headache. feeling cold and sleepy. I am extremely careful about what I eat now and am sick f people thinking I just don't like the taste.

       

      I eat out very rarely.

       

      Joy

  • Anonymous
    Steve Manning
    Aug. 11, 2008

    Perhaps somebody on this forum has similar symptoms....

     

    At first, eating garlic, even in small doses, causes me to feel a general sense of malaise.  I feel as if the most minimum of clothing is constrictive.  Then I break out in profuse cold sweats.  That is literal:  much the same as when a person goes into shock.  I will go...

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    Perhaps somebody on this forum has similar symptoms....

     

    At first, eating garlic, even in small doses, causes me to feel a general sense of malaise.  I feel as if the most minimum of clothing is constrictive.  Then I break out in profuse cold sweats.  That is literal:  much the same as when a person goes into shock.  I will go from normal to soaked thru my clothing in a matter of 1 or 2 minutes.  And my body temperature drops precipitously.  A reaction will start within 3-4 hours and last anywhere from short hours to 2 days.

     

    Have tried antihistamines of all types.  

     

    Eating out is a challenge, my very, very clear and abundant instructions to waiters, chefs and management people in restaurants.  I get "ambushed" with astounding regularity.

     

    Any words of wisdom?

    • Anonymous
      malc sephton
      Aug. 19, 2008

      I have been allergic to all members of that lily family from as young as 2 yrs old, when my mother gave me a cough medcine called liquafruta. I am also allergic to germaline and savlon cream which I`m told contains garlic, as its used as an antiseptic but I have not had this confermed.

       

       What gets me is food manufacturers who change their recipe...

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      I have been allergic to all members of that lily family from as young as 2 yrs old, when my mother gave me a cough medcine called liquafruta. I am also allergic to germaline and savlon cream which I`m told contains garlic, as its used as an antiseptic but I have not had this confermed.

       

       What gets me is food manufacturers who change their recipe without notice, Heinze was one of the first 10 yrs ago, adding it to their chicken, beef,ox tail, and several other products of their line including tomato ketchup. and these where products I`d been eating for 50 yrs.

       

       But you get round it I found that aldi`s soups did`nt have it in until 3 months ago, cambels have also followed suit. infact the only soupsI now buy are Lidl`s ox tail and they have a tomato thats free. Heinze beef broth, tomato, and mushroom did`nt contain any last time I bought them.

       

       Ive still managed to find alternatives to most products that have it in such as Daddys tomato sauce, boveril cubes instead of oxo, most sweet chilli sauces dosnt have garlic in.

       

       I went round a chineese supermarket in Manchester recently and I was amazed how many products did`nt have garlic in. I have had little problems abroad as cheif`s seem to know what they are doing. they either say you cant have it or they`ll cook it without. you cant even get roast beef these days in England without the dam stuff being in.

       

       I blame the TV cheifs, most recipes are Mrs beetons with garlic added cos its hip to add garlic to everything. Just waiting for birds to add it to their custard.  malc

    • Laurie
      Aug. 19, 2008

      Many cultures in the world simply don't cook with garlic. I'm not surprised that you were able to find so many garlic-free products in the Chinese section of your grocery store. It's once those cuisines get imported to America (and possibly Canada and England, other countries) that we add in the garlic. I now have to be careful ordering sushi for fear...

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      Many cultures in the world simply don't cook with garlic. I'm not surprised that you were able to find so many garlic-free products in the Chinese section of your grocery store. It's once those cuisines get imported to America (and possibly Canada and England, other countries) that we add in the garlic. I now have to be careful ordering sushi for fear they've made it "spicy" with garlic. When I travelled through India, I didn't have to worry at all about garlic as it is against the Jain religion to eat garlic, many restaurants don't cook with it unless you specifically request it. I hope some food manufacturers read this post so they can see just how many people are affected by garlic.

  • Anonymous
    Smasher
    Aug. 06, 2008

    Occasionally I am dumb enough to accidentally eat it. Like in a steak sauce. If I eat too much of it I get diarrhea and sometimes vomit. My stomach begins going into spasms which can create simultaneous exploding at both ends.

    Almost anything in a bottle that is a sauce has garlic or garlic powder in it. So its difficult to shop. I have found that if its garlic...

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    Occasionally I am dumb enough to accidentally eat it. Like in a steak sauce. If I eat too much of it I get diarrhea and sometimes vomit. My stomach begins going into spasms which can create simultaneous exploding at both ends.

    Almost anything in a bottle that is a sauce has garlic or garlic powder in it. So its difficult to shop. I have found that if its garlic powder way down at the bottom of the ingredient list I can probably handle some of it without getting sick. If its high up on the ingredient list I will get sick.

    The next day I feel weak. Like it did something to my blood. Even the smell of it makes my stomach weak. However that's probably mental. Since I have been traumatized by ingesting the substance.
    I hate garlic. Death to garlic!

     

  • Anonymous
    FeistyOne
    Jul. 25, 2008

    After giving birth to my son (I was 21 at the time), I developed an allergy to garlic.  It lasted for about two years and then subsided. Around the age of 30-32, it returned when my hormones started shifting.  After multiple tests & eliminations, I realized that the garlic allergy had returned. I went to an allergist who did an extensive test...

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    After giving birth to my son (I was 21 at the time), I developed an allergy to garlic.  It lasted for about two years and then subsided. Around the age of 30-32, it returned when my hormones started shifting.  After multiple tests & eliminations, I realized that the garlic allergy had returned. I went to an allergist who did an extensive test on me and concluded that I was allergic to TOMATOES, BEEF, & something else.  The test didn't say Garlic or shellfish.  I assured my doctor that I am most definitely allergic to garlic, because often times I would just walk into a restaurant and have a reaction.  So I did my best to avoid it, despite what the test results showed.  I would have the digestive problems, nausea, putting me to sleep for HOURS, sinus problems and metal taste in my mouth. 

     

    Since that time, however, it has become SO SEVERE! With each exposure it gets more severe. I've been rushed to the ER on a few occasions in anaphalactic shock.  I now have to carry EPI pens with me because my chest tightens & I have difficulty breathing if I inhale it.  Fresh Garlic seems to have a much faster & more severe reaction than garlic powder, though the powder takes about 10 minutes to kick in.

     

    DO NOT RELY ON YOUR WAITER TO KNOW WHETHER SOMETHING HAS GARLIC!

     

    99% of the time they have told me that something doesn't have garlic, only to take bite or two & learn very quickly that it obviously does!  I've been in bed for three weeks on three different occasions from eating garlic.  It really kicks the heck out of me!  Now that I use my epi pen (I hate needles, though!  Ikes!), the recovery time is minimal (a few days, if that). 

     

    You'd be surprised how many things have garlic: 

     

    Just about every salad dressing you can think of, except a couple of the fruity ones.

    Chips, Crackers, Salami, Lunchmeats, obviously Italian foods, Greek foods, Chinese Foods, Mediterranean Foods, MOST soups, all pre-made marinades (watch for chicken in restaurants - most of it is marinated.)

     

    I had back surgery two years ago and had an allergic reaction to the die.  The Dr.'s said, "You didn't tell me that you were allergic to shellfish!"  I said, "I'm not. I eat it all the time."  They said, "Not anymore you won't!"  I've managed to eat it here and there the past few years, but each time I would eat shrimp, for example, it tasted like metal.  I recently started having breathing difficulty from eating shrimp/shellfish now.

    So, like most food allergies, each time you eat it, your reaction will get worse.  Lovely.

     

    As for the beef, tomatoes & dairy... I've met a few women who developed allergies to:  beef, tomatoes & dairy  - & sometimes shellfish and garlic....when they started menopause!  I truly believe that there is such a thing as "hormonal induced food allergies", despite what most doctors have told me.

     

    I am so thankful to have stumbled across this site, because I've been thinking all these years that I can't believe that nobody else is allergic to garlic!

     

    The FDA needs to require that it be listed as an ingredient on packaging if they haven't already.  It is often hidden in the generic term "Spices".  So watch for that, too!

     

  • Anonymous
    Richard Smit
    Jul. 09, 2008

    I became vegan a couple of years ago, and soon afterwards, had a very violent reaction to garlic. This was not the swelling reaction, but the egg-burps and violent abdominal pains. It very nearly killed me, because I almost cracked my skull open when I fainted. This isn't a genuine "allergy", but looks very much like one. If you have the genuine allergy, I...

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    I became vegan a couple of years ago, and soon afterwards, had a very violent reaction to garlic. This was not the swelling reaction, but the egg-burps and violent abdominal pains. It very nearly killed me, because I almost cracked my skull open when I fainted. This isn't a genuine "allergy", but looks very much like one. If you have the genuine allergy, I don't have a solution, sorry.

     

    The cure is molybdenum ("mol-IB-den-um") supplements. Usually sold as "chelated molybdenum" in health-food stores. Don't scrimp or miss a dose. Double-dosing is okay.

     

    So: the antidote is a big list, but you have a few hours before it sets in.

    1. infant simethecone - take the whole bottle, there is no upper limit dosage

    2. anti-diarrhoea medicine, tablet form

    3. liquid benadryl, or other liquid antihistamine

    4. infant electrolyte water get two liters of the stuff and drink as much as you can stomach

    5. double-dose of molybdenum supplement

     

    You'll need more of the electrolyte water when the sickness passes. It's okay to water it down to reduce that milky flavour.

     

    In most people, the "alliase" amino acid present in garlic, onions, and asparagus breaks down safely into those chemicals for which garlic is praised. Molybdenum is the catalyst that allows this change to take place.

     

    In our case, the alliase breaks down into, (among other things), highly concentrated sulphuric acid. This causes the abdominal pains we experience. The cold clammy skin and feinting comes about because your body diverts all its blood flow to the area of your gut which is "under attack".

     

    I'm grateful to my physicist friend who just happened to be doing some work with amino acids at the time.

    • Anonymous
      Richard Smit
      Jul. 09, 2008

      About being vegan: this probably means that animal products are a dietary source of molybdenum. I wouldn't be surprised if it was fish, given that it collects every other heavy metal under the sun. Whereas other heavy metals are dangerous to our brains, molybdenum collects elsewhere in the body. However, I remember in my late teens and early twenties,...

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      About being vegan: this probably means that animal products are a dietary source of molybdenum. I wouldn't be surprised if it was fish, given that it collects every other heavy metal under the sun. Whereas other heavy metals are dangerous to our brains, molybdenum collects elsewhere in the body. However, I remember in my late teens and early twenties, I would often have hangovers after a night on the town, but these would be accompanied by gastro-intestinal problems. I used to put it down to "bad beer" or "bad pizza", but now it's obvious to me that I had the same molybdenum deficiency back then as I do now.

       

      Being vegan helped me trace this problem to a definite source. The doctors in the emergency room attributed it to bacterial food poisoning -- E. coli -- which didn't make sense, as I wasn't eating anything that would carry E. coli. Basically, they called me a liar, saying no, I must have eaten meat. So $800 the worse off and none the wiser, my wife and I did our own arrogance-free research -- something our medical professionals can't deliver. That's how we arrived at the answer, that garlic was causing this.

       

      And a last point: I've never liked garlic. Like many others, I simply cannot understand why everything has to have garlic in it, or why people rave over it. It spoils every perfectly good flavour.

    • Laurie
      Jul. 09, 2008

      This is an interesting theory and I'll have to test molybdenum out. I just wanted to point out that you can get e-coli from food sources other than meat, particularly apples and leafy greens. It is transmitted via manure in the fields or orchards. 

       

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      This is an interesting theory and I'll have to test molybdenum out. I just wanted to point out that you can get e-coli from food sources other than meat, particularly apples and leafy greens. It is transmitted via manure in the fields or orchards. 

       

      If molybdenum deficiency is the problem, why is it I have no problems digesting onions or asparagus? I eat asparagus about 4 times per week, in fact. The only strange thing about eating asparagus is that my pee smells afterwards; perhaps this is undigested amino acids?

       

      Thanks for your insight,

      Laurie

    • Anonymous
      Richard Smit
      Jul. 11, 2008

      Hi Laurie,

       

      I'm well aware that e-coli can be carried in non-animal food sources. What was interesting was that, earlier that day of my hospital visit, my wife and I ate at the same two restaurants, and ordered exactly the same dish. She was fine, whereas I spent the evening with bloody fecal vomit, diarrhoea, and feinting. (Sorry to be so graphic, but...

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      Hi Laurie,

       

      I'm well aware that e-coli can be carried in non-animal food sources. What was interesting was that, earlier that day of my hospital visit, my wife and I ate at the same two restaurants, and ordered exactly the same dish. She was fine, whereas I spent the evening with bloody fecal vomit, diarrhoea, and feinting. (Sorry to be so graphic, but it really illustrates both how differently we reacted, and how molybdenum has helped me since.) I guess I should have said so in the first message. When the doctors were made aware of this, they said that no, I had eaten bacterially contaminated meat. Basically, their arrogance got in the way of good medicine. There are some good ER doctors in the US, but my guess is they don't last long because they leave in disgust at their colleagues' behaviour.

       

      As for asparagus and onion, garlic is the plant with the highest concentration of alliase. Onion comes in second -- the sharper the flavour, the more alliase. Also, alliase is broken down by cooking, so if you like your onions caramelised, it's unlikely there's much alliase left to affect you. Garlic's (alleged) flavour enhancing properties are destroyed by overcooking, whereas onions are cooked in a variety of ways. Asparagus doesn't have much alliase, which for most people is okay -- for me, it still leads to an uncomfortable few hours.

       

      The characteristic urine odour is most likely the broken down amino acid, i.e. those beneficial chemicals garlic fans rave about. I'm pretty certain alliase can't enter the bloodstream, because it has to be converted either to those beneficial chemicals; or without a catalyst, sulphuric acid. (I mention the bloodstream, because kidneys filter the blood.) One thing to bear in mind is that the beneficial chemicals derived from alliase will smell vaguely sulphurous; for me it's reminiscent of eggshell. That's the sulphur being captured into a safe chemical compound. Without a catalyst, the sulphur binds with water to produce that dangerous H2SO4.

       

      It's entirely possible to suffer both the genuine allergy as well as a molybdenum deficiency, so don't be surprised if it doesn't work for you. Myself, I'm lucky enough just to have the mineral deficiency.

       

      It also occurred to me in writing this that there may be mineral catalysts other than molybdenum. I'll have to have a chat with my physicist friend again!

       

      Thanks Laurie, for hosting this thread. I hope others benefit in some way. Good luck everyone!

    • Anonymous
      SuzyQ
      Sep. 18, 2008

      Hello all

       

      I too suffer from some kind of allergy to garlic.  Although mine is not as severe as Laurie's and others, I cannot eat "raw" garlic or onions.  Well, I can ... but I get severe stomach cramps and then, you guessed it, it's a mad dash to the restroom within the hour.  However, I noticed that if I eat them "cooked" such as garlic...

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      Hello all

       

      I too suffer from some kind of allergy to garlic.  Although mine is not as severe as Laurie's and others, I cannot eat "raw" garlic or onions.  Well, I can ... but I get severe stomach cramps and then, you guessed it, it's a mad dash to the restroom within the hour.  However, I noticed that if I eat them "cooked" such as garlic in tomato sauce, or carmelized onions, I do not suffer as much.  Hardly at all.  So I, too, pass up a lot of food in restaurants, or pull the onions out of salads, etc.  I just had a great dish today with sauted garlic and "wham" stomach cramps, and the dish "cleaned my clock".  Yes, every few months I try something, and still have the same problem.  Oh well.

       

      Now som background.  I have seen an allergist for 10 years now and receive shots for mold and pollen.   I had tests done years ago for allergies and "milk" was one of the foods I was supposed to be allergic too.  However, I just had the same tests done last year, and "milk" didn't even show up.  So I said "why" and I was told by my doctor and his staff that allergies are very hard to diagnose, because we can be very sensitive one day, and then 3 weeks later nothing shows up.  And garlic and onions never showed up back in 2001 or in 2008.  But my stomach is proof enough for me. AND, ASPARAGUS is in the same family, and never noticed a problem with this vegetable.  Yes folks, if you have done your homework, all foods belong in families.  sooooo....

       

      I'm thinking the explanation is in Richard Smit's answer.  His info on the break down of alliase may be my problem as I am allergic to "sulpha" in drugs and guess what, when I took it years ago (it was in an antibiotic) it gave me an upset stomach, more like nausea. 

       

      Am I on the right track here, Richard??  any other theories on "sulphone hydroxyl" which is in garlic would be helpful as if you "Google" it, all you get is info on how great garlic is. 

  • Anonymous
    heidi Jacobsen
    Jun. 30, 2008
    i am so happy to have found soem people that have what ails me as well. I am also Canadain but living in the US and have had alot of problems with garlic. Most of the time if I eat garlic I get hives, a swollen face, swollen lip or worse. Its frightening and I ahve had to go to the hospital becasue my face was so swollen. I now take a pill every day with the...
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    i am so happy to have found soem people that have what ails me as well. I am also Canadain but living in the US and have had alot of problems with garlic. Most of the time if I eat garlic I get hives, a swollen face, swollen lip or worse. Its frightening and I ahve had to go to the hospital becasue my face was so swollen. I now take a pill every day with the same ingreients as claratin and that seems to keep the hives down. Garlic is in everything and before you know it you ahve eaten garlic and can expect the worse!!!!! Its good to know that i am not the only one with thei condition.
  • Anonymous
    Lynn Wiginton
    Jun. 12, 2008

    It took a long time to find my wife's allergy to garlic. It did not show up on the RAST test. But we finally figured it out through trial and error.

     

    She does not get sick from it, garlic just increases her heart rate. Her blood is coursing so fast, she says her skin feels like ants crawling all over. On one trip to the ER before we figured out the cause,...

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    It took a long time to find my wife's allergy to garlic. It did not show up on the RAST test. But we finally figured it out through trial and error.

     

    She does not get sick from it, garlic just increases her heart rate. Her blood is coursing so fast, she says her skin feels like ants crawling all over. On one trip to the ER before we figured out the cause, they registered her heart beat as just over 400 beats a minute. I could literally see her chest bouncing from the heart beat.

     

    Fortunately we mostly eat at home now and avoid garlic anything. Which is a shame, because I enjoy it a lot. But I enjoy being around her more.

    • Anonymous
      Jim Post
      Jun. 14, 2008

      Thank you for all this Information, and I do have one little point to make.I tried to go out to restrants that say they will cook without garlic. This is decieving since they cure the pans with garlic oil, don't try it. I have strong gastrointestinal response to garlic and after a few days I can come out of the restroom, not fun. anyway. Thank you again.

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      Thank you for all this Information, and I do have one little point to make.I tried to go out to restrants that say they will cook without garlic. This is decieving since they cure the pans with garlic oil, don't try it. I have strong gastrointestinal response to garlic and after a few days I can come out of the restroom, not fun. anyway. Thank you again.

       

                                                                            Jim

    • Anonymous
      Scott
      Jun. 28, 2008

      I'm blue in the face telling people that there isn't a "shot" or "pill" for a garlic / onion allergy (aren't well all?).  Unless someone discovers the panacea for this allergy, the only solution is avoidance; read above if anyone doubts the nearly impossible task of achieving that goal.  I'm happy to share some 15+ years of experience and advice...

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      I'm blue in the face telling people that there isn't a "shot" or "pill" for a garlic / onion allergy (aren't well all?).  Unless someone discovers the panacea for this allergy, the only solution is avoidance; read above if anyone doubts the nearly impossible task of achieving that goal.  I'm happy to share some 15+ years of experience and advice with dealing / avoiding this allergy.

       

      (1) It is likely a recessive gene.  In my case, 3 generations with 4 siblings in each resulted in 1 garlic allergy per generation (no joke) and the allergy showed at an earlier stage in life in each generation.

       

      (2) I think long term exposure to garlic / onions is what finally triggers what I call "crossing the intolerance line".  Most likely due to the fact garlic is used in commercial food products more often and in great quantities now than in generations past.  Today it is darn near impossible to trust, or even know, if garlic is in commercially produced food products (forget canned soups, dressings, condiments, etc...you might as well play Russian Roulette with a fully loaded pistol and pray for a misfire).

       

      (3) For me, the reaction has only gotten worse over time...I'm to the point where any food in proximity of garlic / onion will induce a reaction.  For you Subway eaters out there...watch out for the bread since it is placed in the warmer oven and the garlic and non-garlic varieties will be mixed over time (this includes bread baskets at restaurants or bags of bagels).

       

      (4) If, like me, you are in a job where entertaining clients is the norm, learn to enjoy salads (dry of course w/ half the menu ingredients omitted) and steamed fish with rice or veggies w/ NO SPICE (you can salt-n-pepper it yourself).  If something is placed before you with ANY spice...send it back...it was hard for me to do at first but I've grown a thicker skin about it over time.  In short, order it without ANY spice (including salt-n-pepper)...statistically, that has worked best for me over the years.

       

      (5) When at a restaurant, make sure the waiter WRITES DOWN "Garlic / Onion Allergy" on the ticket (trust me, I've been burned too many times when I was polite and didn't want to create a fuss).  5+ hours on a plane when the allergy strikes is miserable, to say the least.

       

      (6) Initially, I lost a lot of weight and became somewhat despondent at first...then I developed my own approach to this -- "Learn to cook from scratch".  Start with the basics, and move on from there.  I do my own soup stocks once a month and freeze it.  At the grocery store I only buy from the produce department -- My Rule of Thumb: If it isn't picked off a tree, pulled from the ground, or butchered then packaged raw...then I don't mess with it.

       

      (7) You really can live without condiments like mustard, mayo, ketchup, relish, etc...really, the sun will rise tomorrow without them.  So, say goodbye to ALL bar foods (your liver will thank you for that too).

       

      (8) MOST IMPORTATNLY, learn to cook with basic food ingredients.  It wasn't long ago that food was cooked for it's core flavor and combined thus (not spiced to hell so it all tasted the same).  Fresh quality ingredients are key...you'll pick this up quickly enough over time.  An amazing dinner can consist of nothing more than 5 ingredients (e.g., steamed or broiled fish, some sort of veggie and rice with salt-n-pepper).

       

      (9) Unless you are allergic to tomatoes too, you'll find they are your best friend in cooking (the acidity helps offset what most think of as a bland diet).  I've developed a salsa that is almost always eaten by the "garlic tolerant" faster than the jar brands (careful with the hot sauce you use...for me, Louisiana Hot Sauce works the best without a reaction and it doesn't take a lot).

       

      (10) Most importantly, as frustrating as this allergy is, figure out what works for you -- yeah, I know, "easy to say"...but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Anonymous
    Russ Johnosn
    May. 17, 2008

    LaughingWow I am so releaved to know that I am not the only one out there that needs to read all the lables at the store, and smell all my food before I eat it. I have had problems eating garlic and onion since I was a teenager. Took me years to find out what was making me so sick.

  • Anonymous
    doug
    May. 05, 2008

    i relate to all the comments! vegenaise is dairy egg cholesterol and preservatve free.also is vegan and has a great taste!!!

    • Anonymous
      John Jones
      May. 06, 2008

      I was wondering if anyone gets hives when they eat garlic.  I get hives on my legs, sides, arms and shoulders.

    • Anonymous
      Ms. Jackie
      May. 20, 2008

      I get a blotchy, itchy rash on my face that tends to show up about 24 hours after I've eaten the garlic.  Unfortunately, the blotches get worse over the next few days.  It usually takes about a month for me to get my skin together again (just long enough to get exposed to garlic again!).  We have a guy who comes by our office about every...

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      I get a blotchy, itchy rash on my face that tends to show up about 24 hours after I've eaten the garlic.  Unfortunately, the blotches get worse over the next few days.  It usually takes about a month for me to get my skin together again (just long enough to get exposed to garlic again!).  We have a guy who comes by our office about every 2 weeks or so to sell homemade plate lunches.  I have explained my allergy to him and he ensured me that he would not put garlic in my food.  But...there is always garlic in the mix somewhere.  Last month, there was spaghetti on the menu.  He said he wouldn't put garlic in the spagetti...but he laid a piece of garlic bread right on top of the plate.  It touched all of my other foods.  Just last week, he brought another plate...I was on my way home, driving in my car, scratching my face like I was digging for gold!!!  He told me later that he was sorry...he thought that just a little would be okay, since he didn't want to compromise the taste.  People who prepare food are usually accommodating, but I've had instances where they haven't been.  For example, I was living with my brother and his girlfriend and I got into an argument with my brother's girlfriend because she didn't like the fact that she had to fix a separate meal for me.  I tried to explain to her that it wasn't my choice, but my life.  Hopefully, I will be able to enjoy certain foods without getting sick in the future. 

  • Anonymous
    Erin
    Apr. 14, 2008
    Thank you so much everyone for posting! I'm allergic to garlic and onions and partially to dairy. This is the only site that I have found to be useful and I have looked, trust me! It is nice to know there are other people. People think I'm crazy if I say anything, I have definately found that sometimes its easier to just eat it and suffer the consequences...
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    Thank you so much everyone for posting! I'm allergic to garlic and onions and partially to dairy. This is the only site that I have found to be useful and I have looked, trust me! It is nice to know there are other people. People think I'm crazy if I say anything, I have definately found that sometimes its easier to just eat it and suffer the consequences later. If this is so common why isn't the FDA listening? Well regardless that living with a garlic allergy is hell, atleast I know I'm not alone anymore!
    • Anonymous
      Charles Collier
      Apr. 29, 2008

      This site has been so reassuring. People who don't have this problem really don't understand how serious it is. The enzyme theory is interesting. We've been calling this an "allergy," and some people have come up positive for garlic on allergy tests. I get the stomach involvement, the headache and lethargy, plus aches all the way to my toes and...

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      This site has been so reassuring. People who don't have this problem really don't understand how serious it is. The enzyme theory is interesting. We've been calling this an "allergy," and some people have come up positive for garlic on allergy tests. I get the stomach involvement, the headache and lethargy, plus aches all the way to my toes and fingertips, almost like feeling it spreading through my body. I interpret this as more like being poisoned -- and the last time, it took three days to clear up completely. Is there an expert out there who can explain what the heck is going on chemically to cause all of this?  (Many thanks ... and hang in there, gang.)

  • Anonymous
    emily
    Apr. 11, 2008
    I am so glad to find this site and see I'm not alone! I am a musician who tours a lot and get ill when I eat garlic or onions, so it is a real nightmare! Eating in London is difficult enough - I've lost count of the amount of times I've insisted on no garlic and been presented with a dish full of pesto - people don't seem to have a clue that...
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    I am so glad to find this site and see I'm not alone! I am a musician who tours a lot and get ill when I eat garlic or onions, so it is a real nightmare! Eating in London is difficult enough - I've lost count of the amount of times I've insisted on no garlic and been presented with a dish full of pesto - people don't seem to have a clue that although they might not put fresh garlic in the meal, many of the ingredients they use might contain it - but travelling to places with a different language always makes me really anxious as I know it might mean I can't eat. Sushi has been a godsend. The 'bland' meal option on planes is usually a good one. I hate that having to make special requests makes me feel awkward and diva-ish when out for meals, especially as I never feel I can trust the food to be garlic free even when I've asked for it to be. 
  • Anonymous
    serena
    Apr. 05, 2008

    It's some comfort to know we're not alone.  Me too severe bloating, cramps, diarrhea, black tongue (as some of you have called it), rotten rotten taste in mouth and on skin for days.  Yesterday I "played it safe" with fish and chips at a restaurant with colleagues.  Sick all day.  It must have been in the batter. ...

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    It's some comfort to know we're not alone.  Me too severe bloating, cramps, diarrhea, black tongue (as some of you have called it), rotten rotten taste in mouth and on skin for days.  Yesterday I "played it safe" with fish and chips at a restaurant with colleagues.  Sick all day.  It must have been in the batter.  I've also started experiencing another weird effect that one of you has cited which was a mystery but now makes sense: swollen feet (and the other day my hand too); each time I had eaten out (even at my sister-in-law's who doesn't take my allergy seriously--or does and uses it to get even with me).  At home, everything's from scratch, so I know I'll be safe. 

     

    By the way, I'm Italian, and garlic is NOT a major ingredient in Italy, not even in the South.  Just a little little touch to add flavor here and there (except for pesto, of course, which used to be exclusive to the Genova region and not consumed nationwide).  And up to 20 years ago (or so), it was hardly ever used in the US.  Somewhere along the way chefs and restaurants realized that it added a lot of flavor and masked lack of freshness and, bada-bing, now it's everywhere it's not supposed to be and everyone is hailing it.  What misery for us all!!

     

     

  • Anonymous
    RACHELE
    Mar. 24, 2008

    I WOKE UP ONE MORNING AT 5AM TO AN EXCRUCIATING HEADACHE THAT WAS CONCENTRATED AROUND MY TEMPLES AND FRONTAL LOBE.

    SEVERAL HOURS LATER I BEGAN TO VOMIT AND BECAME LETHARGIC AND WEAK. I SLEPT THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND THEN REMEMBERED THAT THE EVENING PRIOR, I HAD MADE PEA SOUP WITH FRESH GARLIC. THE GARLIC MIGHT ALSO HAVE BEEN SOMEWHAT SOFT AND NOT AS FRESH AS I...

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    I WOKE UP ONE MORNING AT 5AM TO AN EXCRUCIATING HEADACHE THAT WAS CONCENTRATED AROUND MY TEMPLES AND FRONTAL LOBE.

    SEVERAL HOURS LATER I BEGAN TO VOMIT AND BECAME LETHARGIC AND WEAK. I SLEPT THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND THEN REMEMBERED THAT THE EVENING PRIOR, I HAD MADE PEA SOUP WITH FRESH GARLIC. THE GARLIC MIGHT ALSO HAVE BEEN SOMEWHAT SOFT AND NOT AS FRESH AS I NORMALLY USE,

    THE FOLLOWING DAY I HAD SYMPTONS OF LETHARGY, BUT AS THE DAY PROGRESSED, I BEGAN FEELING BETTER.

    GARLIC ALLERGY? I BELIEVE SO.

    • oskanoears
      May. 11, 2008

      Iv had a garlic alergy now for 5 years Im also alergic to wheat and intollerent to dairy too.. For referenceto all above threads there is a list of alergens well a top 8 the FDA only require companies producing foods to warn of these..the current ones for reference are:

      • Milk
      • Eggs
      • Peanuts
      • Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts)
      • Fish (such as bass, cod,...
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      Iv had a garlic alergy now for 5 years Im also alergic to wheat and intollerent to dairy too.. For referenceto all above threads there is a list of alergens well a top 8 the FDA only require companies producing foods to warn of these..the current ones for reference are:

      • Milk
      • Eggs
      • Peanuts
      • Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts)
      • Fish (such as bass, cod, flounder)
      • Shellfish (such as crab, lobster, shrimp)
      • Soy
      • Wheat

      Please note there is no legal requirement for a manufacturer to list Garlic on its label unless its weight is above a certain threshhold in part of the mix so the golden rule here is if it says spices on the label it probably has garlic in it, In order for new alergens to be added to the list enough reported cases have to be reported over each year so if your suffering see your doctor but be warned the blood test for alergens works on antibodies in your blood and if you have avoided garlic for say 1 to 12 months the test will probably return as mine does as equivical the medical term for borderline (my moms a nurse my dad works for a major sauce manufacurer)  the bad news is to get it to now show up they want you to eat garlic everyday for 30 days min.... I think if I did this id be dead by day 2 as it has a cumalitive effect in the system!

      So what can you do to help?

      1) dont spend your hard earned pennies getting diagnosed what you already know the outcome will only be one of avoid it anyhow... why pay a quack whos already overpaid to tell you what you already know

      2) If you do ingest garlic take the following combination  in this order!  x2 30mg  merbreverine (this will control the gut spasms and reduce the gut agony wait 3 mins and take x1 piriton alergy (the standard one not the hayfever only)

      flush down with 1 pint of water and lie down within 20 mins relief should kick in you must now drink as much water as you can at a steady rate throughout the next 4 hours to fush your system through.

      3) psylium Husk buy some! this will help detox your gut and return it to a less inflamed state take with alovera for best effects.

      4) dont eat crisps (chips if your american) unless there readysalted

      5) garlic can be replaced with lime zest in some foods such as pesto add chives (if you can eat them) these also reduce the need for salt reaping other health benefits. make your own salsa's and ketchups and mayonaise! (mayo is the easy one)

      if you want somthing with kick try econa west indian hot pepper sauce or the mango chilli sauce which I get through about 3 bottles a week!

      6) dont buy processed foods period! they are bad for you and guess what if you react to one thing your twice as likley to get more alergies along with a really bad immune system and hayfever!

      7) stick to the same places when youve had a great meal out and come home symptom free I know this is obvious but I know the embarasement of having to explain it all the time... now I go in and they say "without garlic right?"

       

      Food groups

       

      Chinese... Yes loads you can eat here and also make yourself avoid the pork it always has garlic in char sui and black bean sauce otherwise ask for without and with out MSG (you maywell react to this too alot of people do its also in many things garlic is)

       

      Thai food in honesty unless you want rice is pretty much off the menu unless your making your own curry pastes, if your making your own its easy as pie.

       

      Indian food is a poss but try and find somwhere that does kashmir quisine this region use hardly any garlic if at all and will be happy to create meals without for you!

       

      Italian Forget it unless its ALL homemade!

       

      french Dont bother! ( my family is french try telling them not to put garlic in!)

       

      Morrocan.... poss but only if its homemade!

       

      lastly my final advise is to always carry antihistamines and colofac (mebreverine) If eating out somwhere new take a mebreverine before leaving the house and half an antihistamine to prevent any major problems.

       

      Hope my guide helps anyone who suffers  and has suffered like I do. 

      Cheers Andy

  • Anonymous
    Cindy Shrout
    Mar. 17, 2008

    I read your post and certainly understand what you are delaing with, I have many similair allergies, including 'garlic'.

    Eggs, yeast, wheat, beans, celery, sesame, tree nuts, shell fish; to name a few.. I am blessed that I am not allergic to soy, and dairy.   I rotate everything I eat, because most anything can cause me problems, even rice. ...

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    I read your post and certainly understand what you are delaing with, I have many similair allergies, including 'garlic'.

    Eggs, yeast, wheat, beans, celery, sesame, tree nuts, shell fish; to name a few.. I am blessed that I am not allergic to soy, and dairy.   I rotate everything I eat, because most anything can cause me problems, even rice.  For lunch today I have sliced cucumbers, cooked cabbage, a banilla yogurt and tomatoe juice, and a few supplements.

    I have asthma also, so many things can trigger my asthma.. I do eat out, I use cottage cheeses or shreeded chesse for a dressing on a salad, I eat baked potatoes and grilled or stream 'plain' meats. I have not eaten bread, cookies, cake, pie, browines, pancakes, pizza or friend foods in 10 yrs, so I do understand!

    I am blessed to be able to eat corn also, so I can eat tacos 'I make'.. my husband  likes most of what I eat.  But he still eats whatever he wants, he use to feel guilty about it, I told him I want him to enyjoy whatever he wants, so now he does, even candy bars..  LOL

    He is not even afraid 'anymore' to cook for me... that took a while.

    I have met many people with allergies like ours.... there are things that are much worse, believe me, I've seen it.

    If you want to contact me feel free at   cindy.sego@gmail.com  

    You are not alone.... 

     

    Hugs,  ~Cindy  Big Smile

     

  • Anonymous
    nicole
    Mar. 15, 2008
    About 10 years ago I realized I had an allergy to garlic when I went into anaphylactic shock. I am a asthmatic with severe allergies. I was eating at one of those places in the mall when I suddenly could not breathe and my rescue inhaler would not help. I was rushed to the hospital,where the doctors had to give me adrenaline.I do sympathize with your plight....
  • Anonymous
    Cheryl
    Mar. 14, 2008
    I'm fortunate, as I don't have the severity that most of you have, though, I have my own distinct issues.  I was trying to figure out what the hell was going on with my body.  I've known that I was sensitive, but am typically not that affected by small amounts (lucky me).  My problem is that I can't really detect it in my food...
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    I'm fortunate, as I don't have the severity that most of you have, though, I have my own distinct issues.  I was trying to figure out what the hell was going on with my body.  I've known that I was sensitive, but am typically not that affected by small amounts (lucky me).  My problem is that I can't really detect it in my food until I've consumed enough to make the next 4-5 days miserable!  I go back and forth between diahhrea to constipation, always bloated, though, I go back and forth between flatulance and trapped gas and then 3-4 days into the reaction, I get major abdominal cramping combined with an awful headache and nausea!  I feel like crap today, so I was doing some research to see if I needed to go see a doctor to find out if I had IBS or what!  And I found everyone here.  Again, I'm lucky that it takes quite a bit to set me off, but lordy, when it does...!  Hopefully, it won't get as bad as some of you have it.  And in response to people thinking that we just don't like garlic, that's the problem - I LOVE garlic, it just doesn't love me!  Thanx for all of your typing out there! 
  • Anonymous
    Danielle
    Mar. 12, 2008
    my friend eats garlic and is allergic but loves it she is a toothpick but right after she eats anything with garlic she looks seven months pregnant very bloated, gasy but says its all worth it that what italian cant eat garlicCheesy
  • Anonymous
    Becky
    Mar. 11, 2008

    I'm a chef who just recently connected the dots that I'm intolerant of garlic (and it's just killing me, because I'm a fan...but no longer). My reaction to cooked garlic is much less severe than to fresh.  I haven't been tested for food allergies yet but my own independent food tests have confirmed the fact.

     

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    I'm a chef who just recently connected the dots that I'm intolerant of garlic (and it's just killing me, because I'm a fan...but no longer). My reaction to cooked garlic is much less severe than to fresh.  I haven't been tested for food allergies yet but my own independent food tests have confirmed the fact.

     

    I've started a little regimen that seems to be working for me. When I go out to eat I take a few digestive enzymes (sold in health food stores...a mixture of papain and many other enzymes) and follow the meal with a few too.  If I develop symptoms anyway (inadvertently the other night at, of all things, a japanese restaurant that had a garlic-laced dressing on their salad... note to self: ALWAYS ask about salad dressings!) I have some bitters and soda (bitters are said to contain some digestive enzymes) and strong ginger tea  and sleep.  But I feel for all of you out there.. it really sucks and as with many of you stays in my system for at least 24-48 hours until I feel myself again.  One time, while I was still figuring it out, I had a ceasar salad for lunch, garlic pizza for dinner, and the next day another salad with garlic dressing. I was so sick.... I smelled of garlic for days. Then I knew. No more for me.

  • Laurie
    Mar. 09, 2008
    I've recently started wondering if my food allergies could be the result of or related to parasitic infection. I travelled to India in 1998 for 9 months. I contracted Giardia during that time. I had to take multiple drug treatments and finally rid myself of that parasite after 3 months. Shortly after my recovery, I started becoming allergic to all kinds...
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    I've recently started wondering if my food allergies could be the result of or related to parasitic infection. I travelled to India in 1998 for 9 months. I contracted Giardia during that time. I had to take multiple drug treatments and finally rid myself of that parasite after 3 months. Shortly after my recovery, I started becoming allergic to all kinds of foods that previously I had eaten all my life without trouble. Tonight I talked with another woman who described a similar phenomenon. She had been allergy-free all her life until she got Giardia. I'm wondering if there's a connection. I'm thinking that perhaps the parasite weakened the digestive system, specifically the lining of the intestines, to the point that foods were able to pass through the intestinal wall (leaky gut syndrome) thus causing the cycle of inflammation. This is just a theory I want to investigate. I don't have any medical background; just wondering if it's possible. 
    • Anonymous
      Me Too
      Jun. 05, 2008

      I became intolerant of certain foods after I got some bad chicken from KFC.  I had a classic case of Campylorbacter (comes from under-cooked chicken.)  The symptoms usually occur 24-48 hours after ingestion - I ate the chicken on Friday night and by Sunday had uncontrollable diarrhea.  By Tuesday I went to my doctor, and she told me to take...

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      I became intolerant of certain foods after I got some bad chicken from KFC.  I had a classic case of Campylorbacter (comes from under-cooked chicken.)  The symptoms usually occur 24-48 hours after ingestion - I ate the chicken on Friday night and by Sunday had uncontrollable diarrhea.  By Tuesday I went to my doctor, and she told me to take Imodium... which caused a fever of 104 and did not stop the diarrhea.  By Thursday morning, my parents took me to the ER and I was admitted.  They gave me a bunch of antiobiotics which did wipe out the infection, but afterwards, I found that my stomach was very sensitive.  I used to be able to eat anything.  Now I find that too much garlic (especially fresh crushed) causes me to have horrible cramps, headache and fatigue.  I thought that perhaps the antibiotics killed not only bad bacteria but also good bacteria in my digestive system, leaving me disadvantaged.  I wonder if this is the same thing that happened to you too.

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    Patti
    Mar. 09, 2008
    It is a relief to know that I have not been imagining that garlic can literally make me ill.  I must have some tolerance for it but in very small doses.  It is interesting that several family members, aunts, cousins, sisters -- all on my mother's side have the same problem.  It has gone on for years and years but the subject came up recently...
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    It is a relief to know that I have not been imagining that garlic can literally make me ill.  I must have some tolerance for it but in very small doses.  It is interesting that several family members, aunts, cousins, sisters -- all on my mother's side have the same problem.  It has gone on for years and years but the subject came up recently at a family gathering and we were all in shock that our symptoms are almost identical.  It is very helpful to know some of the foods it is in and we never realized that.  Thanks for all the info and I will certainly be passing this on to family -- so you have helped out many people in the long run.  Thanks again
  • Anonymous
    Ali
    Mar. 06, 2008

    Thank you so much for starting this topic!

     

    I too am highly allergic to garlic, and onions and everything else in the Allium family. I also had a bad reaction to sulfa drugs for a sinus infection when I was in my teens, and this allergy began to get worse and worse in my 20s. I am appalled by how difficult it is to avoid onions and garlic- in all processed...

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    Thank you so much for starting this topic!

     

    I too am highly allergic to garlic, and onions and everything else in the Allium family. I also had a bad reaction to sulfa drugs for a sinus infection when I was in my teens, and this allergy began to get worse and worse in my 20s. I am appalled by how difficult it is to avoid onions and garlic- in all processed foods, and at restuarants. The lack of labeling requirements by the FDA is also angering.

     

    I have learned to make most things from stratch, and I am reaching out to the community to help spread great onion/garlic free recipes and awareness of uncommon/unrecognized but very dangerous food allergies. I just started a blog and would welcome ideas, suggestions, comments and recipes from fellow sufferers- including replacement food ideas, safe products, and recipes for those things we just can't have at all.

     

    www.mypetitchou.blogspot.com

     

    Be well!

    Ali

  • Anonymous
    michelle leck
    Feb. 21, 2008
    im so happy to hear that im not the only one allergic to garlic, when i was 20 i had a allergic reaction to sulfur drugs for a sinus infection, almost died from the drugs then after that for the next 10 yrs i've been sick after eating anything so i finally got tested and sure enough garlic is the problem. eating out i don't do unless its breakfast,...
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    im so happy to hear that im not the only one allergic to garlic, when i was 20 i had a allergic reaction to sulfur drugs for a sinus infection, almost died from the drugs then after that for the next 10 yrs i've been sick after eating anything so i finally got tested and sure enough garlic is the problem. eating out i don't do unless its breakfast, even then i have to careful, bacon sometimes is okay, but i wonder too why is garlic in everything!? going shopping for the day i too have to bring snacks with me, plan ahead and make everything, but i must add i eat well now even though some vegtables which contain natural sulfur bother me sometimes beano helps but not always.  anyways glad to hear im not the only one suffering.
  • Laurie
    Feb. 16, 2008

    I decided to raid my cupboards today and post some more garlic-free products.

     

    Tomato Sauce:

    California Healthy Harvest, distributed by California Healthy Harvest, Modesto, CA 95358, Phone: 209-527-9800. Ingredients: tomato puree (water, tomato paste), salt, corn syrup, dried peppers and citric acid. I'm not too crazy about the fact that it contains...

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    I decided to raid my cupboards today and post some more garlic-free products.

     

    Tomato Sauce:

    California Healthy Harvest, distributed by California Healthy Harvest, Modesto, CA 95358, Phone: 209-527-9800. Ingredients: tomato puree (water, tomato paste), salt, corn syrup, dried peppers and citric acid. I'm not too crazy about the fact that it contains corn syrup, but I really don't have any choice. The only place I've been able to find this product is the Grocery Outlet and that has been on the rare occasion. I have never seen it any other grocery store. Whenever I see it, I buy about 40 cans because I'm afraid it will be a while before I see it again. 

     

    Soup:

    Muir Glen Organic Homestyle Split Pea. They also make a Lentil Soup which is garlic-free. Distributed by Small Planet Foods, Inc., Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284, 1-800-832-6345. I've found this at Safeway and Fred Meyer.

     

    Stuffing:

    I was ecstatic to discover this! Arrowhead Mills Organic Savory Herb Stuffing. Distributed by Arrowhead Mills, Inc., a division of the Hain Celestial Group, Melville, NY 11747, 800-434-4246. Ingredients: organic wheat flour, organic sunflower oil, organic cracked wheat, organic cracked rye, organic evaporated cane juice, sea salt, organic dehydrated onions, organic spices (sage, thyme, rosemary), yeast. I have tested this and did not get sick so I'm assuming the spices listed in parenthesis are exactly what's included.

     

    Canned gravy:

    I did not get sick from this, but I cannot verify that this is garlic-free because it does have "flavoring" listed as one of the ingredients. More people need to test this and let us know. Franco-American Chicken Gravy, distributed by Campbell Soup Company. I think people allergic to garlic have different levels of sensitivity to "natural flavoring." A previous poster reported that he had no problems eating Heinz ketchup, but I always get sick. Natural flavoring is an ingredient in most ketchups, except for the following:

     

    Ketchup:

    Annie's Naturals Organic Ketchup. Manufactured by Annie's Naturals, Napa, CA 94558-7517. 1-800-288-1089. Ingredients: water, tomato paste, sugar, distilled white vinegar, sea salt, onion powder, allspice, clove powder.

     

    Mustard:

    Most mustards also contain "natural flavoring." Here's one that does not: Safeway brand Mustard. Ingredients: vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt, tumeric, paprika. Distributed by Safeway, PO Box 99, Pleasanton, CA 94566-0009. 1-888-SAFEWAY.

     

    Pickle Relish:

    Farman's Genuine Dill Relish. Distributed by Bay Valley Foods, Green Bay, WI 54303. 1-800-236-1119.

     

    Various sauces, marinades & dressings:

     - Consorzio Raspberry & Balsalmic Fat-free Dressing, 1-800-288-1089. Found at CostPlus or WorldMarket (yes, the furniture store)

    - Consorzio Mango fat-free dressing, same info as above

    - al'fez middle eastern style tahini dressing, sesame dressing & marinade, distributed by First Quality Foods, Bristol, UK, www.alfez.com, found at WorldMarket

    - Earth & Vine Provisions Passion Fruit Mango Vinaigrette, distributed by Earth & Vine Provisions, PO Box 1637, Loomis, CA 95650 (don't remember where I bought this)

    - Vino de Milo all natural Mango Lemongrass Chardonnay dressing & marinade, 1-866-589-6456. Found at Top Foods.

    - Trader Joe's Pomegranate Glaze

     

     

    I've included addresses and phone #s for the food companies listed here so that if they ever change their ingredients on these products we can contact them to complain. Also, if you live in another country or remote area, you know who to contact to inquire about getting the product delivered to you. Please let us know if you try these products and have any reactions. Also, please post some products and include the food company information so we can find them.

  • Anonymous
    stacy
    Feb. 12, 2008

    I do not eat garlic, onion, leeks, chives, or anything in that family. 

    Chinese vegetarian restaurants do not use any of these ingredients because chinese vegetarians dont eat them as part of their diet.  So if you are in any of the big cities that has a Chinatown, there'll probably have a vegetarian chinese place. You can get all your favorite...

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    I do not eat garlic, onion, leeks, chives, or anything in that family. 

    Chinese vegetarian restaurants do not use any of these ingredients because chinese vegetarians dont eat them as part of their diet.  So if you are in any of the big cities that has a Chinatown, there'll probably have a vegetarian chinese place. You can get all your favorite chinese food without garlic!!! =]

    • Anonymous
      Vel
      Feb. 13, 2008
      Stacy, that is interesting...love Chinese food...hate the garlic.. I'm on my way to Chinatown to check it out! stay tuned for my report.
    • Anonymous
      KKA
      Feb. 15, 2008
      I have thought I had an allergy to garlic for some time now. It gives me severe gas and bloating the next day. Recently I am waking up the next morning with swollen lips - could this be the same thing? It's happened twice now and I don't know if it's the next step in my garlic allergy or something new?? Thoughts?!?!
    • Laurie
      Feb. 15, 2008

      It's possibly the swollen lips could be another symptom. Read this article about leaky gut syndrome. I think it provides a good explanation of how allergens can cause all sorts of symptoms throughout the body, not just within the digestive system:

       

       

      http://www.afpafitness.com/articles/altered-immunity-leaky-gut-syndrome/85/

       

      Here's a quote...

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      It's possibly the swollen lips could be another symptom. Read this article about leaky gut syndrome. I think it provides a good explanation of how allergens can cause all sorts of symptoms throughout the body, not just within the digestive system:

       

       

      http://www.afpafitness.com/articles/altered-immunity-leaky-gut-syndrome/85/

       

      Here's a quote from the article:

       

      "...The antibodies created by the leaky gut phenomenon against these antigens can get into various tissues and trigger an inflammatory reaction when the corresponding food is consumed or the microbe is encountered.

       

      Autoantibodies are thus created and inflammation becomes chronic. If this inflammation occurs in a joint, autoimmune arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis) develops. If it occurs in the brain, myalgic encephalomyelitis (a.k.a. chronic fatigue syndrome) may be the result. If it occurs in the blood vessels, vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels) is the resulting autoimmune problem. If the antibodies end up attacking the lining of the gut itself, the result may be colitis or Crohn's disease.

       

      If it occurs in the lungs, asthma is triggered on a delayed basis every time the individual consumes the food which triggered the production of the antibodies in the first place.
      It is easy to see that practically any organ or body tissue can become affected by food allergies created by the leaky gut. Symptoms, especially those seen in conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, can be multiple and severely debilitating."

       

      I think this statement provides a good explanation as to why we all have such varying reactions to garlic. Some people have described trouble breathing or tightness in the throat; I have described extreme fatigue and digestive trouble; others have rashes. It all depends on where that the inflammation caused by the autoimmune response is occuring within the body.

       

      I'd be very interested to learn the link between enzymes and the autoimmune response. Many recent posts indicate that the allergy to garlic has been caused by the body "losing" the enzyme needed to process garlic. I have heard this said before about dairy; if you stop eating any food for a long period of time, it's possible your body will lose the enzymes required to digest that food and you will then become unable to digest that food. Is this the same thing as having an allergy to that food, though? I ate garlic practically everyday, even after I started developing symptoms, right up until the day I found out I was allergic to it. 

       

      If there is a link between enzymes and the autoimmune response to food, what does this say about our increasing reliance on processed foods in the Western diet? Is modern society doomed to a lifetime of digestive problems because we now subsist primarily on refined sugar and flour and fruits and vegetables have become so minimized in our diets? Is the rate of people developing food allergies proportionate to the West's changing diet over the past 30 years? It doesn't seem like other societies (i.e. Asia, Africa) have such an overwhelming occurence of food allergies in their populations.

       

      Also, how can the autoimmune system change over a person's lifetime? Why do some people have food allergies in childhood which later disappear in adulthood? And why do others develop food allergies only in adulthood? I have many questions and wish a scientist or doctor would post on our list. Certainly, the many doctors I have encountered over the past 7 years don't have a clue how any of this works.

    • Anonymous
      Megan
      Feb. 15, 2008
      My allergy doctor told me that chances are that most people do have allergies and they just don't find it later in life. For example did you know garlic causes sore throats?  So when people think they have swollen throat/ lymp notes etc it can be from garlic.....   But be carefull.... I have a garlic free spices and they are made with a different...
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      My allergy doctor told me that chances are that most people do have allergies and they just don't find it later in life. For example did you know garlic causes sore throats?  So when people think they have swollen throat/ lymp notes etc it can be from garlic.....   But be carefull.... I have a garlic free spices and they are made with a different ingredient that I am now allergic too.  I have the name where you can get garlic free spices for steaks, chicken etc...just let me know and I will post it.
    • Laurie
      Feb. 15, 2008
      Please please please do post it!!!
  • Anonymous
    Tim Hates garlic!
    Feb. 12, 2008

    So glad to find this site.  Like others, I have googled "garlic allergy" for some time before finding this site.

     

    My symptoms began in my early 20's with immediate bloating and severe diarrhea (I don't think I've ever had to type that word before!).  Now, 17 years later it is still with me and I have gotten used to asking...

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    So glad to find this site.  Like others, I have googled "garlic allergy" for some time before finding this site.

     

    My symptoms began in my early 20's with immediate bloating and severe diarrhea (I don't think I've ever had to type that word before!).  Now, 17 years later it is still with me and I have gotten used to asking the questions at the restaurants an reading all of the food labels.  It is a pain, but it sure beats being sick.  

     

    I recently spoke to a gastro specialist and he informed me that most likely I have lost the digestive enzyme needed to digest garlic.  His suggestion was to take a good enzyme supplement for a few months and then try a small bite of a food with some garlic on it.  I tried that exact procedure last year using mega doses of acidolphilus--which didn't work.  I am now trying "Digest Gold" and if it works I'll let you all know.  

     

    I have learned to live with this--even though it is a pain--and even have learned to joke about it.  "I'm allergic to garlic and wooden stakes--and I don't have a shadow..." 

    • Laurie
      Feb. 12, 2008

      Wow! Interesting theory about the cause of the allergy. Definitely let us know how the enzyme therapy goes. There are so many of us desperate for a cure.

       

      By the way, I wanted to add that I recently went to Puerto Vallarta for vacation and discovered a Mexican brand of salsas that does not contain garlic. This brand is also sold in the U.S.; look in the...

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      Wow! Interesting theory about the cause of the allergy. Definitely let us know how the enzyme therapy goes. There are so many of us desperate for a cure.

       

      By the way, I wanted to add that I recently went to Puerto Vallarta for vacation and discovered a Mexican brand of salsas that does not contain garlic. This brand is also sold in the U.S.; look in the Ethnic section of your grocery store. The brand name is Herdez. Check it out!

    • Anonymous
      Vel
      Feb. 13, 2008

      Laurie--yes, Herdez--we have it here in Canada and that's the salsa brand I use--Nachos anyone? 

       

      Also, I recently discovered a tomato pasta sauce, product of Italy:

       

      Star (brand) Sugocasa Pasta Sauce--Tradizionale (tomatoes, tomato concentrate, salt, onion, acidity regulator, citric acid)--just add whatever you want and voila we are eating...

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      Laurie--yes, Herdez--we have it here in Canada and that's the salsa brand I use--Nachos anyone? 

       

      Also, I recently discovered a tomato pasta sauce, product of Italy:

       

      Star (brand) Sugocasa Pasta Sauce--Tradizionale (tomatoes, tomato concentrate, salt, onion, acidity regulator, citric acid)--just add whatever you want and voila we are eating pasta again Big Smile

       

      imported through Italpasta, Brampton Ontario 1-800-361-8983

    • Laurie
      Feb. 13, 2008
      I wonder how feasible it would be to travel to Italy and be able to eat garlic-free there? This product gives me hope. I'm also allergic to dairy which rules out the possibility of just ordering pasta with plain cream sauce. If I ever take that dream vacation, I'm sure I'll be packing boxes of protein bars.
    • Anonymous
      anna
      Aug. 01, 2008

      hey everyone.

      I have had a garlic and onion (all forms) allergy all my life... I faint and have dizzy spells for days if im just around the food (any smell sets it off). does anyone have any idea how to treat this? I'm getting tired of blacking out most days (i used to black out much more) but there has got to be a cure. or just something to make this less...

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      hey everyone.

      I have had a garlic and onion (all forms) allergy all my life... I faint and have dizzy spells for days if im just around the food (any smell sets it off). does anyone have any idea how to treat this? I'm getting tired of blacking out most days (i used to black out much more) but there has got to be a cure. or just something to make this less infuriating!

      please let me know

       

  • Anonymous
    Danny
    Feb. 01, 2008

    I have been dealing with garlic allergy also for several years.  I actually had a reaction last night to angel hair pasta with garlic and oil and garlic bread.

     

    What I usually take that works most of the time, is TUMS or pepcid or acifix.  I usually know something has garlic because I will get dry mouth and get severly thirsty and bloated. ...

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    I have been dealing with garlic allergy also for several years.  I actually had a reaction last night to angel hair pasta with garlic and oil and garlic bread.

     

    What I usually take that works most of the time, is TUMS or pepcid or acifix.  I usually know something has garlic because I will get dry mouth and get severly thirsty and bloated.  I take 2 tums after eating something I know has garlic or when I start with my symptoms.  For the most part this will keep the extreme stomach cramps and diarhea from occuring most of the time.

     

    So if you guys want to look for a possible way to prevent yoru garlic attacks, take some tums or pepcid or acifix.

     

    It works for me, might work for some, might not.

     

    Take care.

    • Anonymous
      Vel
      Feb. 02, 2008

      Thanks for the tip Danny. I never thought of Tums... I'm also going to try the Lactaid suggestion by Melissa. If it helps with the bloating and cramping that will be a bonus-- garlic creeps into everything and going out to eat is becoming more of a chore than a pleasure. 

       

      I also discovered that you can order pizza without sauce,...

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      Thanks for the tip Danny. I never thought of Tums... I'm also going to try the Lactaid suggestion by Melissa. If it helps with the bloating and cramping that will be a bonus-- garlic creeps into everything and going out to eat is becoming more of a chore than a pleasure. 

       

      I also discovered that you can order pizza without sauce, nachos without salsa.... Man, these things are so obvious, I'm not sure why I didn't figure it out sooner. 

    • Anonymous
      Anonymous
      Oct. 03, 2009

      I was told by an allergist not to take TUMS while having an allergic reaction to garlic.  It actually counteracts your body's natural ability to fight off the reaction.

    • Anonymous
      Vel
      Feb. 13, 2008
      ok, I tried Gas-X (contains simethicone) and it worked!  I'm very encouraged.  Had a huge cheeseburger and poutine, after a night of dancing-- couldn't be bothered to nit pick about the garlic issue so I decided to go for it and took a Gas-X before going to bed-- no problems. I was amazed and will test it out again just to confirm.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jan. 29, 2008

    My grandma began to be allergic to garlic at age 23. My mom became allergic to garlic at 23. And, guess what, I just had my 23rd bday and weeks later it started. The worst part is, I used to eat EVERYTHING with garlic. Now, when I eat it, it hits in about 20-30 minutes and I HAVE to get to a bathroom. It's awful! Be careful with Mexican foods. I've...

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    My grandma began to be allergic to garlic at age 23. My mom became allergic to garlic at 23. And, guess what, I just had my 23rd bday and weeks later it started. The worst part is, I used to eat EVERYTHING with garlic. Now, when I eat it, it hits in about 20-30 minutes and I HAVE to get to a bathroom. It's awful! Be careful with Mexican foods. I've found I can eat a little bit (like sunchips, some dressings are okay) but anything more than that, I'm doomed. Just wanted to commiserate. Little secret:if I'm going to a nice dinner and am worried, I take an imodium tablet before.

    • Anonymous
      katie
      Apr. 29, 2008

      Don't keep eating it and testing your luck.  Seriously.  Every time you ingest garlic, your food allergy gets worse and worse. 

       

      I used to eat a little here and there, thinking I'd be ok, but my allergy has gotten so much worse. 

  • Anonymous
    Katherine
    Jan. 25, 2008

    Hi, 

    Glad I found this site. I developed my allergy intolerance sometime in my 20's so I've had it almost 15+ years.

     

    My savior is finding small indie restaurants that will "make to order" for regular customers. This includes Italian, Indian and Thai places. 

     

    In conversation with others who have this allergy (and I've...

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    Hi, 

    Glad I found this site. I developed my allergy intolerance sometime in my 20's so I've had it almost 15+ years.

     

    My savior is finding small indie restaurants that will "make to order" for regular customers. This includes Italian, Indian and Thai places. 

     

    In conversation with others who have this allergy (and I've found a few) it seems that most also suffer from lactose intolerance. Is there some kind of chemical connection between the two allergans? I've always wondered that.

     

    In describing my reaction to eating garlic -- I compare it to ingesting that hot Chinese mustard (if you've ever had that) I feel this fire shooting straight up my sinuses and then a migraine immediately settles behind my eyes. It is an immediate reaction -- eat garlic, get migraine. THEN my throat will sometimes become very itchy but that is not always. And sometimes it's the queasy stomach. But it is ALWAYS the migraine that will not go away for hours.  

     

    So, while my allergy is not as severe as some here -- it is still enough that I avoid garlic at all costs in order to function at work and home.  

  • Anonymous
    JB
    Jan. 18, 2008

    My mom, younger sister, and I all have an 'intollerance' to garlic. As my sister and I were growing up, we knew Mom got sick from eating garlic. When I started college, I started feeling sick (stomach cramps and gastro-fun) after eating. I asked my mom when 'the garlic thing' started for her, or if it had been life-long. She said it started...

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    My mom, younger sister, and I all have an 'intollerance' to garlic. As my sister and I were growing up, we knew Mom got sick from eating garlic. When I started college, I started feeling sick (stomach cramps and gastro-fun) after eating. I asked my mom when 'the garlic thing' started for her, or if it had been life-long. She said it started about when she went into nurses training. Sure enough, the next year, my sister and garlic were no longer friends when she started college.

     

    My boyfriend is great when it comes to my situation and acts as my tester if we are at a party or restaurant. He used to indulge in a 'garlic night' if I wasn't around (because the smell makes me feel sick too). One night, he drank a lot of wine and ate a garlic crust frozen pizza. He regretted it, very much, and does not like garlic much at all now. Ha ha ha!

     

    My mom, sis, and I handle our reactions with a combo of pepto bismol pills and/or peppermint Altoids (no idea how that one works!). That keeps us from running to a bathroom after accidental exposure. 

     

    I also love www.allrecipies.com because under the 'advanced search' you can EXCLUDE ingredients, like GARLIC!

    • Anonymous
      PJ
      Jan. 18, 2009

      I have to share that I had Asti sparkling white wine and garlic bread and frozen lasagna and ended up violently ill about a year ago.  I felt naseated, eventually went in to convultions, then emptied my stomach.  Sleeping was the only thing that eventually made it stop.  Thank goodness a friend of mine that is a nurse was with me.  I really...

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      I have to share that I had Asti sparkling white wine and garlic bread and frozen lasagna and ended up violently ill about a year ago.  I felt naseated, eventually went in to convultions, then emptied my stomach.  Sleeping was the only thing that eventually made it stop.  Thank goodness a friend of mine that is a nurse was with me.  I really thought I was going to die.  Since then, I have sworn off all wine, grapes, garlic and onions.  I have not been tested but I don't get sick any more.  Anyone know what all three might have in common?  I am researching to find out.  Maybe there are more foods I should be avoiding.

       

      Thank you

    • Vel
      Vel
      Mar. 13, 2009

      I'm not sure if all three have anything in common, it could be that you reacted to one or two things.  It's an elimination/isolation process... was that the first time you had wine? have you ever reacted to grapes before?  Garlic would be in the garlic bread (obviously...) and most likely in the lasagna.  You would probably need to introduce...

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      I'm not sure if all three have anything in common, it could be that you reacted to one or two things.  It's an elimination/isolation process... was that the first time you had wine? have you ever reacted to grapes before?  Garlic would be in the garlic bread (obviously...) and most likely in the lasagna.  You would probably need to introduce these items one at a time to discover which one you reacted to.  Your symptoms appear to resemble what a lot of us have experienced when we eat garlic, but who knows really, it could be anything. At least you have narrowed it down to three items so far, just need to isolate the source... good luck.

    • Anonymous
      goldfish67
      Jul. 26, 2009

      Re the wine - you could have a sulfite allergy, that is common.

  • Anonymous
    Louisa Hall
    Jan. 14, 2008

    My poor husband is allergic to garlic!  With him its an extreme reaction, basically anaphlactic shock.  He cannot even tolerate the smell so even walking past restaurants are a nightmare.

    Symptons start with lack of awareness of his surroundings, rashes, swelling, blisters around mouth, and on two occassions I have seen him collapse, it's...

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    My poor husband is allergic to garlic!  With him its an extreme reaction, basically anaphlactic shock.  He cannot even tolerate the smell so even walking past restaurants are a nightmare.

    Symptons start with lack of awareness of his surroundings, rashes, swelling, blisters around mouth, and on two occassions I have seen him collapse, it's awful! And that's just from the smell!

    If he happens to ingest any then he is sick and has diaorrhoea and it can put him in bed for 24 hours or more.

    We carry the anti-allergy tablet 'PIRITON' with us at all times, so with the nearest whiff he downs a tablet and it makes it managable.

    The most upsetting thing is that most people without the allergy just don't take it seriously.  They think it's all highly amusing- HE COULD DIE!

    I cook everything from scratch we don't have anything with garlic in the house, I very very rarely eat it myself, as even 12hrs after eating some I could cause a reaction in him.

    Its a horrible allergy to have as garlic it such a hidden ingredient in all foods and is promoted as a healthy option.

    Yes there should be a 'I hate garlic' Website, help and advice for all garlic allergy suffers.

  • Anonymous
    melissa
    Jan. 07, 2008
    I am so relieved to find this site. Just thinking about garlic makes my tongue feel black. I have googled "garlic allergy" a bunch of times but all I get is sites telling me the health benefits of garlic--so frustrating!!
    It started with me when I hit my 30's which is right about the age it happened to my mother, too. For years I dealt with my...
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    I am so relieved to find this site. Just thinking about garlic makes my tongue feel black. I have googled "garlic allergy" a bunch of times but all I get is sites telling me the health benefits of garlic--so frustrating!!
    It started with me when I hit my 30's which is right about the age it happened to my mother, too. For years I dealt with my mom going to restaurants and having to go through the whole thing and of course they always assume it's just a preference, not an allergy. In fact, once in a while, the waiter would go "talk to the chef" and come back and say "so can you tell me your symptoms, ma'am..." as if to say, unless this is life or death we're not really concerned.
    Now going out to dinner is so wrapped up in anxiety I'd rather just stay home which is sad because my whole family has always loved dining out together as a way to bond and treat ourselves at the same time.
    Okay, so that's enough venting...now for my little tip:
    CARRY LACTAID WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO.
    I hope it works for you, it seems to have helped relieve symptoms for me and my mother in an emergency.
    There is no medical evidence for this but maybe someone out there may be able to shed some light.
    I realized one day that my symptoms were very similar to what I hear about lactose intolerance. I figured if it was a digestive problem then maybe whatever is in lactaid would help aid in digestion for things other than dairy products. I also did find out in some research that garlic is toxic and certain people are very tolerant of the toxins to the point where garlic can be used to kill bad things that cause illness. However, for those of us who are intolerant of garlic's toxins, it tried to kill us and in a very miserable way: through our intestines!!!
    So, it may not be a cure but I find that lactaid helps.
    Would love to know if it works for you too so please post!
    • Laurie
      Jan. 07, 2008
      Interesting find about the Lactaid. Does anybody know if lactaid actually contains dairy? I'm allergic to dairy (not lactose intolerant, but actually allergic) so unfortunately this might not work for me.
    • Anonymous
      Vel
      Feb. 02, 2008
      No dairy in Lactaid.  It contains enzymes which break down the sugar in milk (lactose), to sugar the human body can digest and absorb properly. May be worth a try--or at least have some handy, as well as the ant-acid suggestion of Tums by Danny.
    • Anonymous
      katie
      Apr. 30, 2008

      I find that mylanta helps the painful stomach ache I get after I have garlic, but it doesn't totally take it away.  It also seems to help relieve some of the bloating.  Sometimes it also helps when I have milk or yogurt or something else to coat my stomach, but I know a lot of you have mentioned being allergic to that, too.  Undecided

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      I find that mylanta helps the painful stomach ache I get after I have garlic, but it doesn't totally take it away.  It also seems to help relieve some of the bloating.  Sometimes it also helps when I have milk or yogurt or something else to coat my stomach, but I know a lot of you have mentioned being allergic to that, too.  Undecided

       

      I also try to eat foods, like oatmeal, that are very high in fiber to try to get the garlic out of my system ASAP-- and to combat any constipating effects it might have.  Sometimes I take citrocel to try to get things to move faster, too.  When I have garlic it feels like my entire digestive track has a chemical burn from where the garlic enters to where it exits.  Once, I even got an ulcer that lasted 2 months.  My stomach and intestines feel like they are burned, swollen, and inflamed and it is very painful.  I think that the reason some of us get constipated when we have garlic is because our instestines swell and won't allow the the digested food (w/garlic) to move through. 

       

       

       

       

    • Laurie
      Apr. 30, 2008

      I heard recently that Benadryl contains a milk product. I know Benadryl has been recommended for garlic allergy symptoms, but you'll want to avoid it if you are also allergic to milk. No wonder it never seemed to work for me...

    • Laurie
      Apr. 30, 2008

      I heard recently that Benadryl contains a milk product. I know Benadryl has been recommended for garlic allergy symptoms, but you'll want to avoid it if you are also allergic to milk. No wonder it never seemed to work for me...

    • Anonymous
      lubylu
      Jan. 03, 2009

      Im so glad im not on my own here! i am sick of going to a restaurant and having the waiter as well as the people im with look at me as if im just a fussy eater?! people dont seem to understand that if a food makes you projectile vomit for hours, its not really too enjoyable to eat. fortunately some staff can be very understanding and go check the ingredients...

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      Im so glad im not on my own here! i am sick of going to a restaurant and having the waiter as well as the people im with look at me as if im just a fussy eater?! people dont seem to understand that if a food makes you projectile vomit for hours, its not really too enjoyable to eat. fortunately some staff can be very understanding and go check the ingredients of what you want. (leads to a lot of frustration when there is nothing on the menu garlic-free though) i once went to a restaurant and was told they could cook nothing without garlic so i had an omlette, hours later i had a terrible stomache because it had obviously been cooked in a pan that had traces of garlic. i would love to be able to re-introduce garlic into my diet but dont know if this allergy will get better or always be there?!

      i have wondered whether only certain types of garlic affect me though because where traces of garlic have made me ill, i have eaten heinz ketchup which has garlic powder in and been fine. i dont know why this is. people keep saying to me "you should re-introduce it a bit at a time", i doubt they would do that if they knew how ill it makes you feel!

      Has anyone managed to reintroduce garlic into their diet successfully, i dont know whether its worth the risk, especially in cases where breathing is affected!?!? But im just sick of people insinuating im being a fussy eater!

    • Laurie
      Jan. 04, 2009

      I've been turned away from restaurants before because they were afraid to make anything for me or didn't want to take the time. I will never eat at McGrath's Fish House again.

       

      As for reintroducing garlic, I've been testing foods lately and have been surprised a few times by not getting as sick as I used to. Overall, however, I will say there has been...

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      I've been turned away from restaurants before because they were afraid to make anything for me or didn't want to take the time. I will never eat at McGrath's Fish House again.

       

      As for reintroducing garlic, I've been testing foods lately and have been surprised a few times by not getting as sick as I used to. Overall, however, I will say there has been no improvement in my condition and I still must avoid garlic at all costs in order to avoid getting sick. I would rather go hungry and faint from low blood sugar.

  • Anonymous
    Megan
    Jan. 06, 2008
    Hi I have a severe garlic allergy.  And your right it is hard to avoid.  I end up with sore throats if I end up having anything with garlic in it.  And just last week I spent a afternoon at the emergency room because I couldn't breath.  My legs also swell from my food allergies.  I also found out being allergic to garlic that onions...
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    Hi I have a severe garlic allergy.  And your right it is hard to avoid.  I end up with sore throats if I end up having anything with garlic in it.  And just last week I spent a afternoon at the emergency room because I couldn't breath.  My legs also swell from my food allergies.  I also found out being allergic to garlic that onions are part of this group making my allergies worse.  I am allerigic more to 10 foods.  And I know how hard it is to eat. 
  • Anonymous
    Bonnie
    Jan. 01, 2008

    I became allergic to garlic after having the mercery amalgams removed from my teeth. I was a lover of brusetta bread, garlic bread and had a Chinese restaurant make me a big bowl of garlic and mushrooms.  As the removal progressed (without a rubber dam!!) I became more and more allergic to it.  I cannot walk into a mall or restaurant without a reaction....

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    I became allergic to garlic after having the mercery amalgams removed from my teeth. I was a lover of brusetta bread, garlic bread and had a Chinese restaurant make me a big bowl of garlic and mushrooms.  As the removal progressed (without a rubber dam!!) I became more and more allergic to it.  I cannot walk into a mall or restaurant without a reaction. My neck turns red, my voice goes hoarse and it gradually progresses down my chest even when I remove myself from the area. I have been taking a homeopathic drug (Aller-Gen) that has been helping alot. I went into a Chinese Restaurant today for the first time and actually was able to survive. I took some homeopathic allergy pills to help. So anyone suffering from this allergy - go to a homeopathic practitioner and get some stuff to help. It works!!

  • Anonymous
    L
    Jan. 01, 2008
    It was nice to see that my sister and I aren't alone.  I learned a lot and also have been garlicked by people who don't believe.  The best theme park is the one with the ears, the others would have you drop dead, and maybe would clear a space for the ambulance.
  • Laurie
    Dec. 28, 2007

    http://www.angelfire.com/mi/FAST/garlic.html

     

    There are garlic-free recipes here, too.

  • Laurie
    Dec. 28, 2007

    Here's a copy of an e-mail that I sent to dozens of food companies in Sept. 2006:

     

    Dear Company Representative:

    I am writing to request a list of your food products that do not contain garlic, garlic salt, garlic powder, garlic juice, or any form of garlic whatsoever. I am extremely allergic to garlic, and am tired of wasting my time reading labels in...

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    Here's a copy of an e-mail that I sent to dozens of food companies in Sept. 2006:

     

    Dear Company Representative:

    I am writing to request a list of your food products that do not contain garlic, garlic salt, garlic powder, garlic juice, or any form of garlic whatsoever. I am extremely allergic to garlic, and am tired of wasting my time reading labels in grocery stores. Recently, I spent 30 minutes reading the ingredient list on boxes of frozen food entrees. Imagine my disappointment when the only product I could find without garlic was macaroni & cheese.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to stress the importance of properly labeling the ingredients in your food products. Too often, garlic is mislabeled as spices or natural flavoring.An allergy to garlic is a serious documented medical condition. While the effects vary for different people, consumption of even the smallest amount of garlic for a person with a garlic allergy can cause cramping, nausea, diarrhea, headaches and severe drowsiness, severe enough to cause impaired driving.

     

    Here's a summary of the responses I received. Any text in bold, italics is my commentary.

     

     

    Mission Foods -

    Thank you for contacting Mission Foods. We only make one product that contains garlic, which is the Mission Garlic Herb Wrap. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us again at our consumer affairs department #800-600-8226.

     

    McCormick's -

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us. We appreciate your interest in our McCormick products and welcome the opportunity to be of assistance to you.
    At this time we do offer a list of products that do or do not contain garlic. However, it is always listed in the ingredient statement if it is part of a formula. If a product does not have an ingredient statement, it is a pure spice or herb with nothing added.
    Because we are constantly improving our products, we do not offer a list of our products that do not currently contain garlic. We encourage you to read the ingredient statement on your package at the time of purchase to ensure accurate, up to date information.
    Although we cannot guarantee our products to be 100% free of allergens not listed on the label, we want you to know that we take this situation seriously and have taken extra precautions to eliminate the possibility of mislabeling or cross-contact.
    We invite you to sign up from our website to be a regular "My McCormick" user and receive our online newsletter with recipes and cooking tips.
    If we can be of further assistance, please call us at 1-800-632-5847, Monday through Friday, 9:30AM to 5PM Eastern Time. If you wish to respond to this note by e-mail, please include your name and e-mail address.
    We hope to have the continued pleasure of serving you.

     

    Rice-A-Roni -

    We appreciate you taking the time to contact us for a list of foods that do not contain garlic.
    Unfortunately, there are no ingredient lists available due to our extensive product line and the number of suppliers that provide ingredients to us. Product formulas may change, and we would not want you to have incorrect or outdated information. If garlic is used in our products it will be listed in the ingredient listing.
    We understand that consumers are concerned about various ingredients, and always try to consider these concerns when developing our products. Each of the ingredients in a product is selected carefully based upon the:
    * flavor, texture and appearance that it provides.
    * nutrition, health concerns, and flavor stability are also considered. (Like I give a ****...)
    We follow the FDA Code of Federal Regulations which specifies how every ingredient must be labeled. Please be assured that we have shared your comments with the appropriate department.
    We hope that you will continue to enjoy our products.

     

    Lean Cuisine - (perhaps the most educational response)

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us about STOUFFER'S® LEAN CUISINE®. We welcome questions and comments from loyal consumers such as yourself and appreciate this opportunity to assist you.
    We have read your email and researched your inquiry. "Pepper" as well as other spices do not have to be called out on the ingredient label, they can be contained under the listing "spices."
    Celery, onions, and garlic and those ingredients derived from such items and used as a seasoning (i.e. celery salt, onion, onion powder, garlic, garlic salt/powder, etc.) are listed as such in the ingredient statement on labels/packages.
    The above ingredients cannot be included as 'spices' due to FDA regulations and must be listed due to the fact that celery, onions and garlic can be a food as well as a seasoning. *According to regulations, ONLY celery seeds are allowed to be called spice.
    At Nestlé, we are dedicated to you and your family throughout every phase of your lives. Your feedback is valuable to us, as it helps us to improve our products and services.
    We appreciate your interest in our products and hope you will visit our website often for the latest information on our products and promotions.

     

     

    Unilever - (my favorite response of all)

    Many factors are considered during the development of Unilever Bestfoods products including taste, texture, nutritional value, the ability to retain flavor and quality, as well as consumer convenience in use and preparation. We use only those ingredients needed to provide the desired flavor, appearance, consistency and nutritional value to our products, and then to maintain those qualities during storage and use.

    In order to produce good-tasting foods, we also make use of latest research to select ingredi