• Adverse reactions to MSG Monosodium Glutamate (E621)

    Ingestion of glutamic acid (MSG) is known to produce a variety of adverse reactions in some people. These reactions, although seemingly dissimilar, are no more diverse than reactions found as side effects of certain neurological drugs. Why some people experience reactions (allergy or intolerance) and others do not is unknown.

    MSG (E 621) Monosodium glutamate, is a flavour enhancer often added to ready meals. MSG is a well-known excito-toxin that can cause neurological damage.

    Possible reactions include:

    Cardiac: Arrhythmia, Atrial fibrillation, Tachycardia, Rapid heartbeat, Palpitations, Slow heartbeat, Angina, Extreme rise or drop in blood pressure.

    Circulatory: Swelling.

    Gastrointestinal: Diarrhoea, Nausea/vomiting, Stomach cramps, Rectal bleeding, Bloating.

    Muscular: Flu-like achiness, Joint pain, Stiffness.

    Neurological: Depression, Mood swings, Rage reactions, Migraine headache, Dizziness, Light-headedness, Loss of balance, Disorientation, Mental confusion, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Hyperactivity, Behavioural problems in children, Attention deficit disorders, Lethargy, Sleepiness, Insomnia, Numbness or paralysis, Seizures, Sciatica, Slurred speech, Chills and shakes, Shuddering.

    Visual: Blurred vision, Difficulty focusing, Pressure around eyes.

    Respiratory: Asthma, Shortness of breath, Chest pain, Tightness in the chest, Runny nose, Sneezing.

    Urological / Genital: Bladder pain (with frequency), Swelling of the prostate, Swelling of the vagina, Vaginal spotting, Frequent urination, Nocturia.

    Skin: Hives (may be both ..internal and external), Rash, Mouth lesions, Temporary tightness or partial paralysis, numbness or tingling of the skin, Flushing, Extreme dryness of the mouth, Face swelling, Tongue swelling, Bags under eyes.

    MSG is commonly found in:

    Occurs naturally in tomatoes, parmesan cheese, walnuts.

    Yeast extract & foods. Seasonings: low sodium salt substitutes, natural chicken, beef, pork flavouring, stock, bouillon and broth, malt extract or flavouring, soy sauce. Crisps and other potato snacks. Some Asian takeaway, dressings and many frozen foods.

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  • Give Away – 3 Allergy Tests for Children in Need

    Give Away – 3 Allergy Tests for Children in Need

    Help for Children in Need

    In the spirit of ‘Pay It Forward’ Allergy Link gives away 3 Allergy & Intolerance Tests for Children in need. One of each 50,100,150 items. No strings or snags attached whatsoever!

    Simply sign up to enter the draw Please supply your name and email address and any info you'd like to give about your child, i.e age/name/reason/... . Your submission is safe and treated with the strictest confidentiality and will by no means be shared or passed on to any third party.

    The three winners will be randomly selected and notified by email on 22nd May, and announced on this website and our facebook page.

    'Pay it Forward' - How does it work?

    Many of you may have seen the movie ‘Pay It Forward’ or have read the book of the story about a young boy who did 3 good deeds for others in need. In return, all that the child wanted was that they pass on the good deed to three other people and keep the cycle going.

    One good deed might not seem like much, but if everyone did something good for someone else, then the cycle of generosity and kindness can spark us to become better people.

    Pay it Forward to others in need,the difference we can make is phenomenal !!!

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  • Fish Allergy or reaction to Fish Parasite?

    Fish Allergy or reaction to Fish Parasite?

    Fish that commonly triggers fish allergies are: Makarel, pollock, salmon, cod, tuna, snapper, sardines, eel, and tilapia. Allergy to fish - such as cod and other white fish - may begin in childhood and is likely to be lifelong.

    Fish allergies are similar to shellfish allergies in that they are more likely than many food allergies to start during adulthood and less likely than other allergies to be outgrown. Fish allergies are often quite severe. Because of the protein- parvalbumin - present in many fish, there is a high cross-reactivity among different types of fish and people with allergies to one type are likely to have (or to develop) allergies to others.

    Symptoms:

    linked to an increased risk of severe asthma in adults. Oral allergy syndrome (in which the mouth itches or tingles after eating an allergen), anaphylaxis, a severe systemic reaction in which the body releases large amounts of histamine, causing tissues throughout the body to swell. This can cause life-threatening breathing, cardiac, and gastrointestinal symptoms. Anyone with a fish allergy should carry any medication prescribed by their doctor at all times.

    Fish Parasites:

    One allergy that may masquerade as a fish allergy is allergy to a fish parasite called Anisakis simplex. This parasite is considered a major allergen and, like fish allergies, can cause severe allergic reactions including anaphylactic shock. If you have a severe allergic reaction after eating fish but tests come up negative, consider asking your allergist to test you for an allergy to this parasite.

    Note: while Anisakis larvae can be killed by freezing or cooking, they can still trigger allergies after being killed, so people with Anisakis allergies should avoid fish and shellfish altogether.

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