Your sesame allergy in plain English

Sesame allergy

Your sesame allergy in plain English

A sesame allergy can be a real nightmare for the thousands of people that have one. They see a lot of use in many foods, from burger buns to salads to a huge variety of Asian food. The effects on the body can be just as severe as a peanut allergy, yet sesame allergies don’t get the same level of attention.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the safety precautions and potential symptoms of a sesame seed allergy.


The symptoms of a sesame allergy can come on rapidly. Mild symptoms may include a nettle-rash anywhere on the body (otherwise known as hives or urticaria), gastrointestinal problems, a runny nose, redness and irritation of the eyes, or a tingling or itchy feeling in the mouth.

More serious symptoms are not as common but remain a possibility for some people. These may include:  

  • Difficulty breathing  
  • Severe asthma
  • Swelling in the face, throat, and/or mouth
  • In the most severe cases, the victim could go into anaphylactic shock

Anaphylaxis requires emergency treatment as fast as possible. This is why allergists prescribe preloaded adrenaline injectors for severe allergies. Being diagnosed, treated and informed how to manage your sesame allergy by a professional is absolutely critical.

Safety first

If you have a sensitivity to sesame, you’re not alone. As the British palate has gotten more and more diverse, the incidence of sesame seed allergy appears to have risen dramatically over the past two decades. It’s a key component of sesame oil, making it particularly troublesome for anyone with an allergy to spot before it’s too late.

Sesame seeds are a staple of many cuisines and can be tricky to spot. This highlights the importance of always taking care whenever you eat out. Be sure to request an allergy guide or ask a member of staff to ensure there is no sesame in the food you are ordering.

When it comes to a sesame allergy, it’s important that if you or your child are showing symptoms that you visit a health professional. Once you have a professional diagnosis, you can then start to take the necessary steps to prevent future reactions.

Living allergy-free isn’t always easy, but it isn’t impossible. Don’t risk putting your health and life at risk. Request an allergy test with us today or visit our website to find out how we can help you.

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