Hot dog headache; Glutamate-induced asthma; MSG (monosodium glutamate) syndrome
Numbnessor burning in or around the mouth
- Sense of facial pressure or swelling
Signs and tests
Chinese restaurant syndrome is usually diagnosed based on the symptoms. The health care provider may ask the following questions as well:
- Have you eaten Chinese food within the past 2 hours?
- Have you eaten any other food that may contain monosodium glutamate within the past 2 hours?
The following signs may also be used to aid in diagnosis:
Abnormal heart rhythmobserved on an electrocardiogram
- Decreased air entry into the lungs
Rapid heart rate