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Allergy to Cinnamon

Last updated on April 14, 2006

allergy to cinnamonSince I’ve been posting a lot about the benefits of cinnamon lately I think it is also important to mention that many people have an allergy to cinnamon.

There’s a great discussion about cinnamon allergy on Metafilter.

Since the 19th century, there have been reports of cinnamon allergy. Because many products contain cassia and not true cinnamon, it may be difficult to figure out which one you are allergic to. Most “cinnamon” on grocery store shelves is actually cassia. If you have an unidentified allergy that occurs when you eat foods that contain generic “spices” or cinnamon, you might want to investigate the possibility of a cinnamon allergy.

If you know that it’s cassia that you’re allergic to, check out our list of the best true Ceylon cinnamon powders to make sure you’re getting the right kind: 4 Best Cinnamon Powders


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Anonymous
6 years 6 months ago

I’ve always been fine with cinnamon, until recently my friend turned me on to cinnamon toothpicks. I noticed that they burned a few taste buds and stopped chewing them for a couple days. When I had a few cinnamon toothpicks a few days later, I woke up the next morning with my lips swelled to the point that my speech was slurred, there were also blisters covering my lips, tongue and inside of my mouth. I’m taking antihistamines, which help with the swelling. There needs to be a law forcing companies to disclose what has cinnamon in it. These companies need to do what’s right for people.

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Anonymous
6 years 7 months ago

I have a cinnamon allergy and whenever I eat something with cinnamon or use a product with cinnamon I break out in hives. Yesterday I didn’t consume any cinnamon however I had a few marinated vegtables (artichoke hearts, hot pepper, roased red peper and olives) on my salad. By the following morning I had a minor outbreak of hives. I’ve read that Benzoates E210-E219 which is found in pickled items is something someone with a cinnamon allergy should avoid. Does anybody know anything about this? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks…..

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Anonymous
6 years 7 months ago

I have a cinnamon allergy and whenever I eat something with cinnamon or use a product with cinnamon I break out in hives. Yesterday I didn’t consume any cinnamon however I had a few marinated vegtables (artichoke hearts, hot pepper, roased red peper and olives) on my salad. By the following morning I had a minor outbreak of hives. I’ve read that Benzoates E210-E219 which is found in pickled items is something someone with a cinnamon allergy should avoid. Does anybody know anything about this? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks…..

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Lydia
6 years 7 months ago

I have a cinnamon allergy and whenever I eat something with cinnamon or use a product with cinnamon I break out in hives. Yesterday I didn’t consume any cinnamon however I had a few marinated vegtables (artichoke hearts, hot pepper, roased red peper and olives) on my salad. By the following morning I had a minor outbreak of hives. I’ve read that Benzoates E210-E219 which is found in pickled items is something someone with a cinnamon allergy should avoid. Does anybody know anything about this? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks…..

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Ms Kim Thomason
6 years 7 months ago

Fed my 2 yr old some cinnamon toast earlier. It just was toast, butter, cinnamon, sugar. Her skin became red and inflammed around the mouth and areas where it had set while she was eating the whole piece of toast. She is ok. Called Dr and they said give Benedryl every 6 hours. I am doing now. She didn’t choke, cough, or stop breathing and seemed to have no trouble at all. But I am still watching her. Probably just a skin reaction allergy. Hoping so cuz she loved that cinnamon toast. I did too. Cinnamon is a strong spice so its gotta be a skin reaction. Otherwise she would’ve gotten worst. God Bless.

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Kris
6 years 8 months ago

I recently found out that I have the same problem. Around Thanksgiving I got little white bumps all over my tongue that I am guessing they are canker sores. I also got them all on the inside of my lip and the insides of my cheeks. My mouth and tongue were very swollen. It lasted about five days. I was going crazy and couldn’t eat hardly anything. I went to the pharmacy and they told me to try this medicated mouthwash. I used it for day about ten times a day. I would feel relief, but it was only temporary. Yesterday I chewed a couple of pieces if cinnamon stride, and today I have the same problem. I remember that I had also been chewing cinnamon gum the last time. I had no idea that the gum was the problem. I now realize that it is the cinnamon in the gum. My tongue is swollen and I have bumps all over my mouth and tongue! I am going crazy. I hope it doesn’t last as long as last time. I won’t chew that anymore, but I am wondering if I am going to be allergic to anything with cinnamon in it?

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Michelle
6 years 8 months ago

Glad to see that i am not the only one who thinks they r having an allergic reaction to cinnamon. Two months ago, i bought a huge pack of Big Red gum or cinnamon gum. I usually am able to eat it and actually enjoy it. But recently, after i tried to eat it again (after the first time when my tongue swelled up) the reaction is a lot worse i am now experiencing it and cannot eat or use spicy toothpaste (i have been using fruity) my tongue is swelled up and it is very painful idk what to do…. go to the doctor? ER? i can breathe but i have had lots of headaches since….. now my tongue hurts and the only thing i can have with out it hurting is water i think i might just throw out the rest of the gum until i can eat it again. But does anyone one what might help the swelling go down??

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Deborah
6 years 9 months ago

To clarify my previous comment, the type of oatmeal we used in the sock was 1 cup, dry rolled oats. Tying off the end, we placed the sock of oats into the hot water and let steep. Did not put our son the bath until he could tolerate the temp. We rubbed the oatmeal-sock over his body. Later we boiled 1 cup more rolled oats for about 2 1/2 min. in 4 cups of water. He drank the water. Likewise we fed him the oats before lying down.

We narrowed the cause of his symptoms down to the red dye#40 in the Atomic Fireball candy. This is the cinnamon flavored product, that led to his nasty reaction.
Many parents are expressing their symptoms and frustrations with the use of chemical dyes, flavorings etc. However the FDA has not listened yet. Doctors do not readily believe a “food coloring” could bring on such symptoms. The symptoms vary. Yet, hives seems to be at the top of the list. This could be a tough uphill climb. Though, my children and their health are well worth the effort. I will make sure to file a complaint on the FDA.gov website. Eventually someone will see to it that chemical dyes and such are banned from use.

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Deborah
6 years 9 months ago

The experiences with cinnamon on this blog site have been so confirming. On this past Sunday after church, our 7 year old found an Atomic Fireball candy in his dad’s coat-pocket. We rarely give him candy, but decided to let him enjoy a treat this time. He slurrped and sucked on it as we drove away. By the time we got to our next destination he had finished it, but his lips on one side of his mouth was slightly distorted and swollen. His behavior went from normally quietly subdued to out of control, off-the-chain wild! Monday morning odd shaped whelps appeared on chin and neck. There was no fever or coughing or runny nose. By the end of the night hot, red, rashy whelps were all over his body. We have barely slept, wrestling this itchy burn until today, Thursday. He had been screaming in anguish from the aweful itch and burn. We just knew he had come down with something like mumps, measles,
ruebella etc. Doctor ruled those out. Medicine made it worse. He wanted to scratch constantly. Which as expected, made the irritation worse even more whelps appeared. Two things seemed to help; gently rubbing him all over with a Natural bristle brush and Otameal baths. We poured a cup of oatmeal into a sock, through it into a full tub of very warm water. Rubbing him down with the sock. This brought soothing relief. His skin was extra senitive to anything cold. Excruciating pain would be the result. We had him drink very warm oatmeal water and eat some of the oats before bed. He woke up with greatly decreased itchy whelps and he’s right now playing his Wii. He is not quite out of the woods yet. As he plays, I see him every once and a while, rub his arm or leg.

Remembering the color of that piece of candy, I did a search on Food Dye Allergies and it led me to discover that most cinnamon products are colored with a chemical (FAKE)natural cinnamon flavoring & (FAKE)natural cinnamon coloring that several top food manufacturing companies are using to make their products more appealing to the eye, smell and taste of the consumer. So, it may be a natural cinnamon stick, yet it has been drenched in FAKE coloring, fragrence and flavoring. An organic cinnamon stick looks like a twig and has not, in anyway been enhanced in it’s flavor, smell or color.
Chemically formulated dye is known as Red#40. It does not only appear in foods colored red. I was surprised to find out that this dye can be found in some “white cake frosting”! A few other red#40 products on the list include, candy, gum, ice cream, yogurt, frozen waffles, pancake/cake mixes,chocolate, tomatoe ketchup, barbecue sauce etc. The list is long.
I also noted, that Red Dye from “all-natural” sources are not commonlly harmful. Still, to be safe, read the labels. Likewise organic, pure-all natural cinnamon is not usually harmful. From now on we’ll have to read all labels, cook more from scrath and call companies, inquiring directly as to what chemicals are being used in the processing of their products. RED40.com was very helpful.

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MsPinki
6 years 9 months ago

Update: Wal-Mart is now officially on my list of places that I cannot shop at due to cinnamon. The cinnamon brooms, pine cones and candles are now spread throughtout the entire store. It has come down to the time of year that there is only three stores that I can shop at in my area: K-Mart, Fred’s and SuperDollar. I feel like a freak everytime I go shopping. Now it is almost impossible to go shopping at all until January or February.