Salicylate Allergy Symptoms and Diagnosis

Salicylate Allergy Symptoms and Diagnosis

Salicylate allergy triggers when a hypersensitive people when ingest aspirin or topically use cosmetic products that include this compound ingredient.

Apart from medicines and beauty products, this chemical ingredient can be found in fruits and vegetables.

Though for some people this ingredient may not stimulate any reaction and can be beneficial. But, it’s not same with sensitive people, immune system in these people react to ingredients by releasing IgE antibodies.

With few hours or minutes of ingesting or contacting salicylate ingredient substance, histamines are released by immune system that react with foreign items and results in various allergic symptoms.

Salicylate Allergy Symptoms

Allergic reaction range from mild and moderate signs, in rare cases interacting with this chemical compound will lead to anaphylaxis situation.


  • Itching and skin rashes
  • Also your skin color may change
  • Dermatitis/eczema
  • Swelling of hands, feet and face
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Asthma
  • Trouble in breathing
  • Wheezing

Severe reaction involve sudden drop in blood pressure, unconsciousness and life-threatening conditions.

Cosmetic products that include salicylate include sunscreen creams, fragrance, herbal products, shaving creams, heel balms, mouthwash, lipsticks, cleansers, shampoos and conditioners.

Allergic reaction by salicylate incorporated in these beauty products is uncommon. However, combined with other chemical ingredients allergic reaction could trigger.

Diagnosis and Avoiding Allergic Reaction

Avoiding these products is the effective way to treat this allergic reaction. Other names with which cosmetic products include the chemical compound are: Phenyl salicylate, benzyl salicylate, trolamine salicylate, ethylhexyl salicylate, amyl salicylate and homomenthyl salicylate.

You must get diagnosed to determine the specific allergen. Allergist or dermatologist will conduct skin prick test by exposing your skin to various allergens. If skin prick test gets positive, then you’re allergic to that particular substance.

From above you might have understood what cosmetic products you must avoid. As naturally this compound is found in fruits and plants, discuss with your dermatologist before consuming fruits with salicylate.

Foods with Salicylate

Apples, avocadoes, kiwi fruits, raspberries, figs, grapes, strawberries, blueberries and prunes can trigger allergic reaction in people who’re sensitive to salicylate.

Vegetables Include

Cauliflower, alfalfa, radish, eggplant, zucchini, broccoli, hot peppers, cucumbers and mushrooms must be avoided.

Herbs, spices, drinks, ice creams and other food products that include small quantity of salicylate can trigger allergy.

Note: Consult allergist before avoiding or consuming these products to reduce salicylate allergy.

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