Washington: Spices are one of the most widely used products in foods, cosmetics and dental products, but as they are not regulated by U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it becomes difficult for people suffering from allergies to identify or avoid them.According to rough estimates by allergists at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting, spice allergy is responsible for 2 percent of food allergies.“While spice allergy seems to be rare, with the constantly increasing use of spices in the American diet and a variety of cosmetics, we anticipate more and more Americans will develop this allergy,” allergist Sami Bahna, M.D., ACAAI past president, said.“Patients with spice allergy often have to go through extreme measures to avoid the allergen.“This can lead to strict dietary avoidance, low quality of life and sometimes malnutrition,” he said.
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