Onion Intolerance Symptoms
|December 12, 2012||Posted by admin under Allergy|
Most everyone loves onion slices on their hamburgers or a hamburger steak smothered in fried onions – with the exception of those who suffer from onion intolerance symptoms or onion allergies. A major drawback in discovering food allergies is it obviously narrows down the choices for eating a varied diet and limits your menu options especially when eating out in restaurants. The intolerance may include other members of the onion family such as leeks, shallots, garlic, and chives.
A colleague of mine never realized she had developed an allergy/intolerance to onions until later in life. As a young adult she avoided eating them by always placing a special order to hold the onions. She did not do this because of a known allergic reaction at the time, but because a date had once remarked about her bad breath after she ate sour cream and onion potato chips! Little did she realize then, that his candid remark had saved her from experiencing distasteful onion intolerance symptoms for years.
Causes of Onion Intolerance Signs
Linked to an intolerance for onions is believed to be the ingredient sulfur as many sufferers are also intolerant of other foods which contain sulfur such as beans, garlic, oysters, chives, and kale. Intolerance is an adverse reaction to a specific food or ingredient. Histamine is not released so classical allergy symptoms such as itchy or watery eyes are absent. One major cause of food intolerance is the absence of an essential enzyme needed to digest certain foods.
Stomach ulcers, recurrent mouth sores, and gastrointestinal problems could be linked to onion intolerance. If severe upset stomach and diarrhea symptoms require a day off work to recuperate from a plate of spicy food the night before, raw or cooked onions may be the cause.
Symptoms of Onion Intolerance
The most common onion intolerance symptoms or signs of onion intolerance are diarrhea, stomach cramps, and bloating. Other signs include:
- Clammy feeling
- Upset Stomach
- Bad taste in mouth
- Sleep disturbance
- Excess stomach acid
There are some unfortunate suffers who experience an allergic reaction even while garlic or onion soup is being cooked in the kitchen. Onion intolerance symptoms may include difficulty breathing, burping, mouth burning, and tiny blisters appearing on mouth, gums, throat, or tongue. The blisters eventually disappear or burst into ulcers that may last a couple of months.
Some people have such a severe allergic reaction as to go into anaphylactic shock by eating only one onion while others it may take fairly large amounts of onions to be eaten before a life threatening episode such as shock arises.
If you experience onion intolerance symptoms after eating cooked or raw onions, dried onion extract, and onion powder, stop eating the foods to determine if the signs of illness disappear. The best advice to naturally treat the food disorder is with a total onion and garlic free diet. Make a safe list and look for recipes using alternative ingredients to onions.
It may be necessary to change your diet. At the very least, you will have to always check every food label for added ingredients. Many people are skeptical of food allergies/intolerance in others and think the person is just being a picky eater because a lot of people have never heard about onion intolerance symptoms.
The medical treatment most often prescribed is antihistamines. Antihistamines help control food allergies but do not affect intolerance. When symptoms of eating onions are all gastrointestinal, it usually signals intolerance over a food allergy.
The valuable part of sharing experiences with others is to spread the word about onion intolerance symptoms. Sufferers as well as their friends and family soon discover that nearly all processed foods such as sauces, canned goods, ketchup, and seasoning mixes contain onions in some form.