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My Ginger Allergy Experience

Feb 13, 2015 - 0 comments

















Has anyone experienced the onset of ginger allergy (such as what I describe below) to find it eventually go away?  

I was adding and consuming 1" piece of organic fresh ginger and turmeric to fresh made greens juice 0-4 times a week (it was only later that I found out ginger was the cause of the described problems.)   After a few months of the juicing, I developed facial skin problems - dermatitis, dryness, wrinkling, eye inflammation, then after about 2 months of these problems, also swelling, especially around the eyes and mouth.  It was when I increased the ginger to try to relieve the above symptoms but they instead severely worsened and the swelling started - clearly an allergic reaction - that I finally diagnosed myself the cause of the problem (doctors, dermatologist, food intolerance expert - none of them had pinpointed source. or even that the dermatitis was an allergic reaction.)  

It was only after having the subsequent swelling that I told a local health store employee "I think it might be ginger." Her response that ginger is "very drying" helped me to finally diagnose the source of my problem.

The health store employee recommended stinging nettle extract - an eye dropper full upon rising, midday, and before retiring (while symptoms were acute) and it really helped alleviate symptoms.  Within 5 days my skin was velvety soft, and I literally looked 10 years younger with the flaky, wrinkling, patchy, swollen condition completely gone.

But I'm not out of the woods yet:  after two weeks of beautiful, rejuvenated skin my condition returned, about 66% as bad.  I had chai tea while out and also used an extract called Breathe Easy by Gaia while having a cold.  I hadn't looked at ingredients and both had ginger.  

I have looked into cross-allergic reactions to other things in the same family as ginger:  arrowroot, turmeric, and cardamon.

I now realize I must avoid ginger completely and give up eating a food I love, Indian cuisine.  I  must now avoid cuisine with ginger.

Has anyone experienced the onset of ginger allergy (similar to what I describe above) to have it eventually go away?  Any tips out there?

Lisa Marina

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