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Can you be allergic to garlic?

Asked by simone54 (7587points) May 18th, 2008

In restaurants, I always hear people say that are allergic to garlic. I don’t buy it. I think they just don’t want it. Is it even possible?

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Magnus's avatar

You can pretty much be allergic to anything. A conspiracy theory is that the restaurants are just very vampire friendly.

edmartin101's avatar

@Magnus I somewhat agree with you, but if simone54 is “always” hearing people talk about being allergic to garlic, I would say they are more allergic to the flavor than really allergic to it.

Magnus's avatar

Yes, it might be the distinct smell that they’re trying to avoid.

judochop's avatar

I am allergic to chicken so yeah I think people can allergic to garlic. Chicken can kill me.

eambos's avatar

Wow judo, I feel bad for you. How can you eat out without coming into contact with chicken?

edmartin101's avatar

@judochop I am also allergic to beef. Can’t take uric acid, my system can’t digest it. So I am with u man

Grim's avatar

Erm… I was unaware that you could NOT be allergic to something.

judochop's avatar

everytime I eat out I have to ask if the meat is a by product or if there is chicken fat in it for flavoring. It gets tuff chinese places.

simone54's avatar

Well, is not being eat chicken and beef really allergic? If someone is lactose intolerant they’re not allergic to milk.

edmartin101's avatar

@simone54 Please clarify your question: Well, is not being eat chicken and beef really allergic?

simone54's avatar

You said you can’t eat beef because the you cannot digest it. How is that being allergic to beef?

edmartin101's avatar

I am allergic not just because I can’t digest it, but because if I do, my joints will get swollen and painful. The uric acid will accumulate in my joints and create these balls that hurt a lot.

simone54's avatar

So…. How is that being allergic?

edmartin101's avatar

I also have these food allergies: shellfish, peanuts. Take a look at this

simone54's avatar

I did already. And your not eating beef is a intolerance not allergy.

edmartin101's avatar

Why would shellfish be consider a food allergy and not beef when both cause the same bad effects on me?

eambos's avatar

Lets’s make you both happy- he’s allergic to beef because he is intolerant to the uric acid, which his body is unable to digest.

simone54's avatar

I can’t stand this post anymore. I guess I’m allergic too it.

zoebadoe's avatar

simone54, it would help if you learned how to spell…so we could actually believe that you know what you are talking about.

zoebadoe's avatar

My dog seems to have alot of allergies or in Simone54’s case, my dog seems to have alot of intolerances. Chicken being the main one. Although she is allergic…oops I mean intolerant to grass also. I had been avoiding foods that seemed to be good for her only because it had chicken fat in it as a preservative. However, because my back is against the wall on what food to try next, I’ve been finding out that if there is an intolerance to chicken protein, there will not be an intolerance to chicken fat. Is there anyone out there who might know if this is true or not??

CarolMarie's avatar

Yes, some people can have an Allergic reaction to garlic, whereas others who complain of a garlic allergy may simply have an intolerance. There is a difference at the biochemical, metabolic level of the bodies response that make the distinction between the two terms. An allergic reaction is when the body responds with antibodies, frequently with symptoms that increase with subsequent exposures (although a person can out-grow some allergies).

In an Intolerance, frequently what is going on is that the body is unable to digest the item, due to a loss of the necessary enzymes. This can result in gas, bloating, cramps and other uncomfortable and progressively more troublesome symptoms.

And then there are those who just don’t like a particular food or its smell. While there are some people who don’t like the smell of garlic and may be avoiding it for that reason, please know that for some, eating garlic can result in serious health problems, including an anaphylactic reaction (full-blown allergic reaction that can result in death). If someone says they are allergic, please believe them!

simone54's avatar

You are late.

Seriously. What did you do? Search questions about garlic?

hypnotic_renee's avatar

Yes people can be allergic to garlic, i am unfortunately, it get upset stomach, indigestion and need to go to the toilet after eating it. the other day i ordered my food without garlic and they said that was fine, the pasta sauce was made without garlic but the cooked the prawns in garlic. it wasnt that bad so i ate it thinking it wasnt too much garlic but still within the hour i was soo sick :(

its a pain, hard to eat out, wish there was something i could take to prevent my simptoms from occuring.

Newmaineguide's avatar

To further what CarolMarie said. Yes a person can be allergic to garlic. My wife is allergic to garlic, it causes her to have hives and swollen skin, as well as sever swelling around her eyes. She has gone to the doctors and had a test to prove that she is in fact allergic. I am allergic to cranberries. They cause me to go into anaphylaxis which is an acute multi-system severe type I hypersensitivity reaction. On the other hand if I take prednisone I get the hiccups for a long long time. 3 days once. That is an aversion. The allergy to garlic can be from many different things. Some people are allergic to the proteins in the plant. Others to the allicin in the garlic. Google it.

NaturallyMe's avatar

Yes it’s possible. My father in law is allergic to it, he will land up in hospital if he eats it.

simone54's avatar

Thanks for clearing that up.

baltimorepink's avatar

Iam 43 and became allergic to garlic about 2 years ago. My throat, tongue and lips and eyes would swell almost everytime I would eat, could not figure out what it was, it was driving me crazy and it was quite embarrassing as well. This went on for about a year. Then I was making spaghetti for dinner one night and added fresh garlic to the sauce, about 10 mins into the meal the swelling started on my tongue and just would not stop! Ended up in the ER that night and they took one look at me and said its a food allergy what did you eat. Since I have avoided garlic in the foods I eat knock on wood it hasn’t happened since that was just over a year ago! I also lost over 50 pds, because I had to change the entire way I ate. Everything has garlic in it, check the food labels on just about anything in the grocery store!

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