Cilantro Allergy

CilantroCilantro allergy can be quite hard to discover and diagnose. Since cilantro is used on so many different dishes across different cultures, many individuals do not make the connection that such a tiny herb may be causing their trouble, rather than the food they are eating. Many people who suffer from cilantro allergy are misdiagnosed as having a food allergy. Cilantro is considered part of the parsley family, and is cultivated from the plant known as Coriander. Cilantro has been cultivated for consumption for many thousands of years, with the first reports of cilantro use dating back to B.C. years.

Allergy occurs when your body’s immune system over reacts to a substance that it sees as a potential health hazard. Unfortunately for individuals who suffer from cilantro allergy, cilantro is actually quite harmless to most people. Cilantro allergy can show itself in many different ways, across a wide array of different symptoms. Some of the more common symptoms associated with cilantro allergy include:

• Abdominal pains
• Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
• Skin rash
• Breakout of hives
• Tingling of the tongue

The most dangerous symptom that can occur from cilantro allergy is anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a reaction that can affect many different organs in the body, and may cause a wide range of different symptoms including anaphylactic shock and death. Some of the most common symptoms of anaphylaxis include but are not limited to:

• Constriction of Airways in the throat and lungs
• Anaphylactic Shock
• Severe Drop In Blood Pressure
• Heightened Pulse, and Heavy Heartbeat
• Dizziness, Nausea and Abdominal Pain
• Confusion and Disorientation
• Loss Of Consciousness

If you believe you may be suffering from anaphylaxis, contact medical help as soon as possible. Untreated anaphylaxis can result in death, and only medical professionals are able to treat it properly.

Treatment and Prevention

Once your doctor has diagnosed you with cilantro allergy, it can be quite difficult keeping yourself away from cilantro. At any restaurant you go to (especially restaurants featuring dishes from other cultures, which customarily are quite heavy with the use of cilantro), you want to request that any dish you order does not have cilantro with it, and explain why. It is also a good idea to develop the habit of reading labels. Also, try not to keep cilantro in your kitchen so you do not accidentally use it for any reason.
Your doctor may prescribe you an epinephrine injection if you are very sensitive to cilantro. This is also commonly referred to as an epi-pen. The epi-pen is used for reducing the symptoms associated with anaphylaxis, and is able to give you more time to receive medical attention. Always contact your doctor when you have an allergic reaction to receive advice.