Food additive allergy

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What is food additive allergy?

Food additives may include man-made and natural substances. Additives that my cause reactions include preservatives (sulfites, parabens, nitrates and nitrites, benzoates), color and flavor enhancers (MSG, tartrazine, BHT and BHA) and the sweetener, aspartame. Reactions vary by type and severity.

Common symptoms reported by people with food additive allergy

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with food additive allergy

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Nutrition/Diet
How many have tried
1
Tried for
food additive allergy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Salonpas)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with food additive allergy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with food additive allergy

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
food additive allergy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol oil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Salonpas)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Flexeril)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
difficulty waking up
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach irritation if not enough food in stomach
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with food additive allergy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has food additive allergy on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 12
30s 10
40s 24
50s 18
60s 14
70+ 6
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 16
20-29 years 12
30-39 years 14
40-49 years 4
50-59 years 1
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 11
Female 77

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 43
Not Diagnosed 20

These charts show data from food additive allergy patients who have completed their condition history
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