MSG Allergy - Eyes Swell and uncontro...

MSG Allergy - Eyes Swell and uncontrollable sneezing

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Singapore, Singapore

#1 Sep 13, 2008
Hi, I've been allergic to MSG for some time now... ok firstly I know that they say it's not possible to be allergic to MSG, it just heightens the reaction, but for me MSG is the 1 thing that causes my allergic reactions every time...

I live in Singapore, and when I eat MSG, I'll get faint black bags under my eyes and start sneezing uncontrollably... sometimes it doesn't happen right after I eat it. For example, sometimes I have it for lunch, but only start sneezing after dinner instead..

The interesting thing is that I only get these reactions here in Singapore or if I'm in other humid places... it's like 85% humidity all year round here...

When I used to live in New York, I didn't get these reactions at ALL. Then again, MSG is not used as widely there... but still, it's used in tons of snacks, and still I didn't get these reactions... I think I may have gotten headaches... but not sneezes... Same thing when I'm in many parts of Europe... I've tested it by eating MSG, and I do get a slight allergic reaction, but it's no where near as frustrating and messy as it is here in Singapore...

I've no clue how to stop it... I'm so frustrated... I looked up the humidity in New York and it's like 65 or something like that on average.. but that's not that much lower than in Singapore... why is it that my reactions are so bad here... is it something else?
Mike Ledford

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Sep 13, 2011
MSG is in so much these days. They disguise it as dextrose and artificial flavors. What's more, it's been linked to major diseases. You're lucky to be so sensitive, as it may help you avoid these. Here's an article that talks about the disease...

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