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COMPREHENSIVE ALLERGY RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE - THE TOP 14 ALLERGENS AND BEYOND

COMPREHENSIVE ALLERGY RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE - THE TOP 14 ALLERGENS AND BEYOND

GARLIC ALLERGY


Key Allergens

Garlic is a well recognised cause of allergic contact dermatitis and urticaria. Patch testing using neat garlic can cause false-positive reactions because of diallyl disulfide which is found in the garlic bulb which acts as an irritant on the skin.

Diallyl disulfide is used as a garlic flavouring in food and garlic oil.

An allergy to garlic after ingestion is more commonly linked to Non-IgE allergy than a true IgE allergy. It is important if you think you are allergic to complete a food diary to ensure you are not eliminating large groups of food unnecessarily. There are tips on how to make a Food Diary here.



Associated Syndromes

There is no information on syndromes associated with garlic allergy.

Cross Reactivity

Garlic is in the Alliaceae plant family, other plants in this family are chives, leeks and onions. If your allergy is severe these plants may also cause allergic reactions.

Resources

Websites

Allergen Encyclopedia - Garlic

DermNet NZ - Garlic

Anaphylaxis Campaign - Onion and Garlic Allergy/

Allergic Living - Is it possible to be allergic to garlic?

Allergy information for: Garlic (Allium sativum)


Articles and Journals

Herbalism in wound care: A case of garlic burn, 2021

Garlic burn injuries- a systematic review of reported cases, 2021

Allergic hypersensitivity to garlic and onion in children and adults, 2020

Garlic Allergy: A rare cause of anaphylaxis in infants, 2020

A Case of Garlic Induced Irritant Contact Dermatitis, 2019



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