Whenever a person is allergic to a certain element, the body reacts in such a way that it believes a foreign substance needs to be fought off. This reaction can cause the body to swell, or excessive sneezing or watery eyes. Every body reacts differently to various substances. For people who are allergic to cinnamon, there are defining symptoms that can help identify the allergy such as swelling, dermatitis, inflammation of the skin, and even anaphylactic shock.
The cause of the allergic reaction is confusion in a person’s immune system. The immune system, for unknown reasons, recognizes cinnamon as a threat to the individual’s health and, therefore, produces antibodies and histamine to fight off the threat. As the histamine enters the body, the body reacts with the common allergic symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing.
The most common symptoms of an allergic reaction to cinnamon are runny nose, watery eyes, sore eyes, asthma, lip swelling, tongue swelling and nausea. A common reaction to cinnamon, especially for those who come contact it with his or her skin, is dermatitis. Dermatitis is the general term for inflammation of the skin such as eczema, irritation and blistering. There are many other symptoms that are much less common such as facial swelling, persistent cough and vomiting. Symptoms will vary from person to person, so familiarizing yourself with the most common symptoms that affect you, will help you treat your situation.
The most common treatment for the common allergic reaction to cinnamon is to take an over-the-counter antihistamine immediately. Diphenhydramine, commonly known as Benadryl, is the drug that is recommended for immediate relief. Other antihistamines make take as long as two hours to reach their full effect, while diphensydramine works within 10 minutes. If the drug does not cure the symptoms within an hour, it is advisable to see a doctor immediately to rule out any potential complications.
The best way to avoid an allergic reaction to cinnamon is to stay away from any food or beverage containing it. Read the labels of every item you ingest to ensure it does not contain cinnamon. You may also take an antihistamine before eating or drinking cinnamon to help ward off an adverse reaction, but this is not recommended. If your skin comes in contact with cinnamon, wash your hands immediately to avoid an outbreak of hives in that local area.
The rare complication of an allergic reaction to cinnamon is anaphylactic shock. Anaphylactic shock is a severe allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening. The body’s reaction to the cinnamon is so extreme, that it goes into shock and begins to shut itself down. The common symptoms of anaphylactic shock are: shortness of breath, fainting and extreme facial swelling.