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Mint Allergy-Causes, Symptoms, And Cure

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Mint allergy is increasing gradually according to the ‘American Allergy and asthma Foundation’ as are incidences of allergy in general. The fragrant leaves of mint can cause painful symptoms if you happen to be allergic to them. The reactions are not confined to consumption alone. On the contrary, you are likely to experience the same reaction on contact as well as by using cosmetic or cleansing products containing mint.


Reasons for Mint Allergy

Certain mint proteins as well as chemicals known as Salicylates and linalool may cause our body to identify them as harmful substances. The chemical called histamine is secreted in huge quantities by our body on encountering mint compounds and a special antibody known as IgE is created in order to combat the allergens. You may also be allergic to other foods belonging to the same Lamiaceae family which includes basil, oregano, lemon balm, catnip, and lavender if you are diagnosed with mint allergy.


Mint Allergy Symptoms

The allergy occurs suddenly and may be found both in children as well as adults. The patients often experience mild symptoms with severe life threatening conditions being very rare. The commonest symptoms associated with the allergy include:-


  • Skin hives and Eczema
  • Nasal Congestion and runny nose along with watering of eyes.
  • Tingling around the mouth and lips and a sudden numbness of the area where the mint contacts the skin.
  • Abdominal cramps and diarrhea.
  • Headaches which can result in severe migraines.
  • Clogging of the sinuses.


Treating Mint Allergy Symptoms

  • Avoiding mint in all forms is mandatory to prevent recurrence.
  • Anti histamine drugs can help to provide relief from the common cold like symptoms.
  • Topical application of skin creams and lotions eliminate the rashes and reduce the itching.
  • Severe reactions are not completely unknown although they are rare. It is best to carrying an Epi-pen that can help you to administer epinephrine into your body in case you experience adverse effects like dizziness and palpitation long with difficulty in swallowing.


There are numerous alternatives that you can safely use if you have been diagnosed with mint allergy. Adopt them in your diet and daily beauty and hygiene regimen in order to remain healthy.


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bronzegoddess.bright's picture
i never knew this!
Priam's picture
OMG, never knew that mint could cause allergies...I use it all the time...
ringa's picture
Mint and allergies? That's new for me and sad!!
Anonymous's picture
Thanks for this very useful information. I was not aware that something as harmless as mint can also cause allergy.
Anonymous's picture
Before I read this, i din't knew there is allergy related with mint as well.....
FitGal's picture
I didn't know mint could be cause of allergy. Will have to be more careful now.
yummytummy's picture
A friend of mine has this problem of mint allergy, and she avoids foods containing mint in its any form. Can't help - because it is the only way out to be on the safer side. Thanks for the information.
gourmet's picture
Really informative. I was oblivious with the fact that mint can cause allery too!
gourmet's picture
This is very informative. Prior to this I was oblivious of the term Mint allergy
gourmet's picture
Very Informative. Prior to this I was oblivious of the term Mint allergy.
foodietweetie's picture
Never heard of this. Thanks for the info.
barbecue's picture
great info to rely on...never knew so much about this great green herb!
Rashmi Ambadkar's picture
I can never imagine that people can have an allergy with this wonderful herb. Always read about its benefits, thanks for the informative blog.
Nithya Shri's picture
Mint is allergic? I love this aromatic herb......
thot4food's picture
Yes, it can be an allergen. sad, isn't it?
delicious.bites's picture
I am so fond of mint..never knew about it allergies :(. Thanks for the info.
Ravi's picture
Mint allergy could be due to insecticides used while growing them..never heard of something this is earlier...all I know is, this herb is extremely beneficial for health. If you are still allergic, try growing them at home, organically, and see if u still get allergies.
Samina.Tapia's picture
I love mint and its the best mouth freshener. I pity those who are allergic to mint. Im glad I'm not :)
smruti's picture
never thot anyone cud be allergic to mint as well!!
Shakun's picture
You can be allergic to mint?!?!?!? That's a new one. It seems like we need to be careful with just about everything nowadays!
Anonymous's picture
yes, i'm allergic to green mint in particular...from gum to lip balm, drinks,candy, toothpaste and mouth wash that have it in it!
Anonymous's picture
me and my sister are both allergic and our throats tend to swell as well.
thot4food's picture
Try to avoid mint in all forms. After all prevention is better than cure
Mint Allergy-Causes, Symptoms, And Cure