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What is salicylate sensitivity ?

Salicylate are chemicals (Salicylic acid) found in foods, medications and other products. They can be found naturally in plants, foods, coffee, tea etc and synthetically in paracetamol and toothpaste. Salicylate sensitivity may occur when the body cannot properly metabolize and get rid of the chemical. It has also been linked to the overproduction of leukotrienes (inflammatory mediators). Symptoms : • Stuffy nose / Sinusitis • Nasal and sinus polyps • Asthma • Diarrhea / Gas / Abdominal pain • Inflamed gut • Hives • Tissue swelling / swollen hands, feet etc. • Changes in skin colour  Foods that contain salicylate : • Raising, apricots, berries, grapes, pineapples, plums, oranges .... • Beocolli, cucumbers, okra, radish, Zucchini, eggplant, Spinach ..... • Curry, cayenne, dill, ginger, allspice, cinnamon, clove, mustard, cumin, oregano, turmeric, paprika, thyme.... • Tea, rum, wine, cordials, vinegar, mints, almonds, honey, gum, pickles, olives, aloe Vera, savoury chips .... I have limited my consumption of - Spinach, brocolli, zucchini, eggplant, Cucumber, turmeric, alcohol, tea, honey (all I can think of rn + I'm allergic to fruits, nuts and more so I don't eat those anyway). I've noticed I don't turn yellow anymore, my headaches aren't are regular, abdominal discomfort has settled slightly and sinuses are less irritated. I have other symptoms relating but they are caused by other things.


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