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August 23rd, 2009
My guys onion troubles...
My Spouse is alergic to onions. He loved them and was able to have them until the age of 16, then BAM! to the hospital he goes!. We have come to the conclusion that he can ingest dehydrated/dried onion, onion powder, and the green part of chives (he says that he cannot eat the while part, dont know the exacts tho...). And i have to say that for the longest time i was not quite convinced or sure i believed him but upon talking to his family and relatives, he is definatly intolerant to some degree. I have lived with him for 5 years now and i loove onions like waaay tooo much lol and i just sort of stopped buying and using them at home cooking. making a separate batch is such a hassle so now i just indulge when i eat out somehwere like a restaurant or if i personally go have dinner or a lunch with a family member or friend. a few times though i have ordered like several dishes from maybe lets say a chinese place and have forgotten to tell them of the allergy so to speak and oh man i feel sooo horrible and eat chinese food for 5 straight days for every meal its soo gross lol.So he has been lucky enough to not have had a reaction for years now (like 9-10)and is symptons are like those above but maybe on a scale of 1-10 of severeness an 8. He is alergic to quite a few medication ?(prescribed and OTC) so maybe that has something to do with it. i just wish we could know all the facts of this intolerance of his so it wouldnt limit the poor mans food choices soo damn much because like people who have written a comment before me ONION IS IS EVERYTHING! The thing too is when we go somewhere to eat and tell them like 10 times "HI, MAKE SURE THERE ARE NOO ONIONS BECAUSE HE HAS AN ALLERGY" and upon the first bite you come to realise that theyre are onions, and i have taken his food back and told them we mentioned the allergy countless times and theyre are still onion in his food and the new stuff they replace it with STILL has onions...STUPIDNESSS!!! and i find too that people think he is lying about the allergy because he just hates onion soo much that he is exaggerating and put onions in because they think he is a liar. ASSHOLES lol but i guess at one point i was too because i didnt believe him at first too. I guess because you hear everyone is alergic to SOMETHING but until JUST now googling this problem of his i have never ever every heard of someone else having this problem too so i think its becoming more mainstream like some of the other food allergys.


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replied June 25th, 2012
I understand his problem, and have had the same problems with dining out. My family has even gotten into watching for onion in things just so they don't have to take me to the ER again. However, I have found I am not allergic to celery, garlic or leeks, so I can just alter recipes. Just wish it was easier in the restaurants without being all proactive and all. I am just glad I came across this site...I am getting some good ideas of why and how and what I can do about it to still have options.
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replied July 14th, 2012
Red Onions
so glad I found this site. Took my 15 yr old daughter to the ER last week with anaphylactic shock after eating a salad. Never EVER had any allergies to anything. retracing our steps we think red onions may be the cluprit. Checking with our Dr. about getting her tested. Other family/friends roll their eyes when I tell them my assuptions! Seems lots of people who have this also have a Sulfa allergy. Good to know as well since she has never had any Sulfa meds.
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replied July 25th, 2012
I, too have suffered the same type of stupid response from restaurant staff and even "friends" at parties. We entertain at our house so we can control the food better.We go out for dessert or a drink with plain corn chips. Yes it is boring. Traveling is even harder. I am stressing about a trip we are taking in 6 weeks. I'll be bringing a lot of my own food. I also post comments about restaurants that are not cooperative.It is often best to call and talk to a restaurant manager BEFORE you go and read the menu ahead of time. Still this does not always work. Good luck to all you fellow sufferers!
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replied September 8th, 2009
Living with a person allergic to onion
My boyfriend is allergic to onions and life is sometimes a struggle for both of us because I absolutely love onions! Strangely, he has no problem eating garlic, but onion (raw, powdered, dehydrated, or cooked), leeks, chives, scallions would probably kill him. Also, we've noticed that as long as onion is removed from a dish, he can still eat it even though it's been flavored with onion. For example, I can put in a whole uncut onion when cooking soups just as long as I remove the entire onion from the soup before he touches it. He can also tolerate sauces or gravies that require onions as long as I very carefully strain them to be sure there's not even the smallest piece of onion left. To answer coolincuse's question--we read the ingredient information very carefully on anything we buy at the grocery store and make sure that we let the wait staff know that he's SEVERELY allergic to onions or anything in the onion family before we order at any restaurant. Unfortunately, unless we are very dramatic about how deathly allergic he is, people usually don't understand that an onion allergy is just as serious as any other allergy.
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replied September 23rd, 2009
I'm not the only one?
Amazing!!! I'm not the only one. One day I nearly choked to death on a sandwich and for two years after I couldn't consume anything but liquid because my throat was closed up so I lived on fruit juice and creamed potatoes. Still after many more years I have to constantly mind my swallowing as there are days I would surely choke on anything not liquid.

I mention this to a good doctor (not all doctors are so good) and she immediatly knows it's an allergic reaction. Now need to get a full spectrum allergy test to see what's the culprits but onions are certainly near the top.

Intersting, I'm also allergic to sulphur meds and nearly died finding that out too lol. I have a feeling tetracycline has something to do with it too. I also have a feeling my being married to a Latina lady for 18 years and her delicious spicy food helped bring this along.

i was going to get an allergy test anyway but after reading this stuff I'm on the way out the door lol.
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replied October 2nd, 2009
Wow, I am so grateful to have found this page and everyone's posts on their reactions to onion. Mine is just to raw red onion, and it took many debilitating episodes for me to finally come to that conclusion! I get the bad headache, almost like a migraine, severe nausea, dizziness and fatigue, and emotional distress. It is such a terrible feeling. I'll definitely be more careful from now on after seeing these posts and knowing that the reaction can get worse over time.
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replied October 23rd, 2009
Red Onion-related headaches and migraines
Red onions are my enemy. They cause varying degrees of headaches to severe migraines that take several hours to clear. It usually is accompanied by pressure in the temples or behind the eyes, or sinus pressure and nasal blockage. I discovered this almost 10 years ago while eating a burger with a thick slice of red onion on it. At the time, I didn't know why my vision was so blurry and so much pressure built in my head that I couldn't stand. After thinking about what I'd eaten the in previous meal, I speculated that it was the red onion. Further tests confirmed it. The curious thing is that I am able to eat other types of onions (white & yellow) and garlic or scallions (green onions). So it was never a true allium family allergy. As I've search for answers, I can only think that I have an allergy to sulfites (also in red wine) or flavonoids in the red pigment. The reason for the sulfite speculation is because as a child, I had a respiratory reaction to eating dried apricots which tend to have lots of sulfites. Some, and only some red wines cause the same red onion headache/migraine. I'm glad that we have resources like this forum to list out possible suspects.
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replied November 7th, 2009
another onion storry
Lovely page and its nice to know i am not alone...
All forms of onions (yellow,white, red, and green) and onion powder have plagued me since childhood. When i have eaten one on accident i usually have very bad headaches, my throat starts to swell and close up, blurred vision, nausea, very confused and lightheaded, my breathing gets very heavy and of course i get IBS. This all happens immediately so i have to go straight home and I tend to just go to sleep after taking some benedryl, zyrtec or another kind of allergy medicine.

It does suck when you have to be watchful of what you can eat when going out. Most restaurants are starting to become more accommodating, but some just flat out lie!

I have been lucky enough to never have gone to the emergency room thankfully.
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replied November 10th, 2009
Onion's can Kill you some of us
I am 41 years old, and I suffered like hell when I was still a kid. Every thing they cooked had Onions in it. My mother used to make me sit at the Dinner table all night till I finished, well after everyone was ready for bed. I would vomit my dinner right back up. I got to the point that I just wouldn't eat(I was skinny). Back then My diet would consist of Breakfast,(pancakes, eggs, bacon, cereal), lunch, (bologna sandwich, peanut butter sandwhich), it was horrible. My Mom never knew I was allergic. I never ate fast food as a kid. I was 14 or 15 when I realized you could have them fix it any way you choose. When I was 22 years old I was eating Christmas dinner at a friends house when I suddenly started to get a constriction like feeling in my throat. I had turkey, ham, yams broccoli and a heaping of Macaroni and Cheese. "Who puts Onion's in Mac n Cheese?" I was rushed to the emergency room. That's when I found out that I was allergic to Onion's. I can eat garlic if it not too much of it but only with meat. onion powers don't seem to bother me that much either because I can eat Sour cream and Onion chips.
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replied November 12th, 2009
Onion intolerance
The same thing happened to me twice in one week. Once after eating cooked White onions in fajitas and now tonight after eating stew containing red onions. Difficulty breathing and swallowing , flushed red face, slight headache. I took some lorazapam and benedryl and it seemed to subside quicker than the first time. I've never noticed reactions to onions in 50 years, until last week.
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replied November 30th, 2009
Allergy to Onions
I get the exact same reaction of swollen throat (and it remains sore for days) but only to RAW onion. Cooked is okay. It happens anytime I eat something with raw onion like guacamole or bruschetta. Staying clear of RAW onion is the key for me, and that is pretty easy. You can usually see it in foods like salads, etc. I always ask for it to be removed from salads or a burger, etc.
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replied December 14th, 2009
Oh gosh! I have been allergic to raw onions since I discovered it when I was in College and today, I carelessly didn't notice a few slices of raw onions in my meal. So now, I am suffering from allergies. Initially, it was just my upset stomach and then I noticed swelling on my neck, face and lips. Then the skin swelling went all over my body until I took anti-histamine. Good thing I didn't faint until the medicines took effect. So any other food that are related to raw onions that I should be aware of?
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replied December 29th, 2009
Can ONIONS BE Deadly
My Grand father suffered alfully from onions all types! Well they bothered me off and on. Till all of a sudden I ate food that contained onion,it nearly KILLED me i thought i had food posioning. The symtoms lasted a little over a week.Not realizing it was the onions that had made me so deathly sick, we left church very late about a week later, and about everything was closed we were left with one option Eat a buger well it came with diced onions on it and i ate it and in no time i was deathly SICK same symtoms as food posions before i could get home. Plus ALSO swollen throut man was i DEATHLY Sick, This time i realized between my wife and i that onions were where it came from,It was the ONIONS not food poision. Two years before nearly for hundred miles from home i had eaten a small amount of a Ham and cream cheese and onion {scallion} cheese ball; that night i awoke in really severe PAIN throwing up,, messing in my pants which is what woke me up,, i left a mess in bed and a trail on the floor,, of mess and vomick all the way to the rest room,, boy, i should have realized then, but my doctor told me it was not the onion, she had never heard of anyone being alergic to onions!! Well i ate out the monday before Christmas and they put ONIONS in the dressing only a very small amount and i have been sick scence 6 days now!!!!! So Sick I WILL NOT EAT ONIONS in any AMOUNT if i KNOW they are in the FOOD!!!!
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replied January 5th, 2010
skin rashes from garlic and onion
-- same as what skylights posted on July 7th, 2009..

My skin would be swollen or cut when in contact with raw onion or crushed garlic (and it's bad coz i love to cook). The irritation would sometimes be too much skin itching would be unbearable for the next days. And then sometimes my skin would be so irritated for the next weeks that it crumples and would look like an old man's skin, suddenly aging like 10 years more from what my age actually is.

The good side is, it heals eventually, after applying a lot of aloe vera lotion and alcohol every 2 hrs. However the healing process would take weeks and sometimes months. Experimenting with raw aloe vera extract (or natural aloe vera gel available over the counter) would lessen the days of the healing process (1-2 weeks at most).

I've searched for the constituents of crushed raw garlic and found out about "allicin". However from the sources in the net features allicin to have good effects.

I'm just wondering if allicin causes the skin allergies I'm having.
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replied February 1st, 2010
Onion Allergy
My allergy started when I was a teenager, I used to be able to eat onions. I would get a skin rash it itched like heck. I avoided them as much as possible, soon my rash turned into hives when ever I ate them. Then the rash turned into having trouble breathing when I ate them. That was when I was 15, I avoided them I started checking before I ate anything. Now I am 38, I can not be in the same room as an onion, it has turned into an airborn allergy as well as an internal one. I went to an allergist and seconds after he put the drop on my back I went into anaphylactic shock. So I can not eat any onions, however garlic is so far ok. I can tolerate powder and salt for some reason and haven't figured out the difference. I can not be at the same table with someone who is eating onions, I can not kiss or touch someone who has eaten them within a 24-48 hour period. If someone finds a cure I would be so THRILLED. I have to check every label everytime,because they will change ingredients without informing anyone.
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replied January 16th, 2013
People think I'm crazy when it comes to the airborne part of the allergy! I'm sorry that I'm not the only one as much as I am relieved to know that I'm not!
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replied February 2nd, 2010
I have been allergic to all types of onions and garlic since a teenager. I luckily don't have the skin or throat reactions yet but a couple minutes into a bite that has hidden onion in it, I can feel it in my stomach. Then I start to get a headache, a little dizzy and really tired.

I've laid outside of a restaurant before because all my energy was gone after eating a meal. I've noticed most restaurants don't care if you tell them you can't eat onion, or they don't consider trace amounts of green onion to be onion. The only restaurant that actually took caution to it was actually TGIFridays, they made sure it was on the top of the receipt so nothing went into the food.

One thing that helps me kind of relieve the symptoms, after a trip to the bathroom is something with sugar in it or chocolate. A little bit of chocolate ice cream (maybe its the dairy) usually helps wake me back up and calm down my stomach problems.

I haven't gone to the doctor for the condition because when I was younger no one believed me and now I don't see the point in paying for them to tell me what I already know!
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replied February 12th, 2010
intolerant of red onions, I guess
Well, I'm glad to read this. I'm not sure I'm allergic but I do think my system is intolerant of particularly red onions. I had a recent experience of eating a home-cooked pizza my brother made and he insisted on putting a MOUND of chopped red onions in the sauce. About 2 hours later I started having bloating and was uncomfortable for hours until I started having diarrhea and ultimately vomited. It was like my body was rejecting everything that was in it. I also noticed that I was having some histamine reaction because my nose got stuffy/runny and I was clearing my throat. My brother didn't think it could be the onions, but I had been fine until after that meal. I may have to start watching what I'm eating and note any reactions, and continue to avoid red onions which I did before just because I didn't like them, but now I know it's because my body can't tolerate them.
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replied May 17th, 2010
Onion and garlic allergies
I can't believe how many people have this allergy! I thought I was wierd. I can not eat any type of onion in any form or be in a room where onions are being cut or cooked. This is hard for me as I work in a restaraunt. Garlic is now affecting me also, and I thought that was strange until I read the replies here. I break out in hives and my throat swells shut so I can't breath, it is really scary to eat out, I usually go with some kind of salad. I have to cook all my own foods and usually bring something I can eat when going to friends or family for meals. Thanks so much for all these responses they helped alot!!!
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replied June 1st, 2010
I used to love onions - raw, cooked, grilled, etc. In my mid-20s, I would get these awful attacks where I would wake up in the middle of the night with intense GI cramps, diarrhea and itchy hives all over my body. I went to the ER and they told me it was gastroenteritis...and they would completely ignore the hives. One day at work, we broke out a bag of potato chips "with real dehydrated onion!" Voila! An hour later, hives and cramps. After that, I kept an eye on what I ate, and figured out that onions were the culprit. Shallots, leeks and chives, but not garlic. No problem with asparagus either, which is also an allium. The solution--half a benadryl within an hour or two. If the onions are well cooked (like in tomato sauce), no problem. However, something that is dominated by onions (French onion soup, potato-leek soup) is no good. Never noticed the onions affecting my sleep, other than the obvious inability to sleep with painful cramps and itchy hives--however, the Benadryl puts me out.
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replied June 22nd, 2010
Onions and Garlic
Until a few years ago i could eat onions, then i couldn't eat raw onions, then it was red onions then it was green onions then it was sauteed onions and the garlic. It wasn't all at once . It was only every now and then now it is all the time. I can't even eat hummus. Onions and garlic are in everything and my boyfriend is a cook , he kindly makes my food onion and garlic free, but every know and then at work i forget that everyone else uses tons of garlic and onion. I want to go to spain but cannot imagine asking for something with no onions or garlic. does anyone know if there is a cure or why did this not happen till i was older?
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replied June 27th, 2010
It is nice to know there are others out there like me. Many people think I am faking because I do not like them. I get really sick when I can even smell an onion. I have only eaten one onion in my life and could not breathe. The onion got trapped in my throat. I was driving it was the worst experience in my life. I think my son is being punished because of it. I have read about a link between onion allergy and aloe allergy. Is it possible for an individual who is allergic to onions to pass on this allergy but for it to change to be allergic to aloe? My son had a severe reaction this weekend to aloe.
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replied June 27th, 2010
It is nice to know there are others out there like me. Many people think I am faking because I do not like them. I get really sick when I can even smell an onion. I have only eaten one onion in my life and could not breathe. The onion got trapped in my throat. I was driving it was the worst experience in my life. I think my son is being punished because of it. I have read about a link between onion allergy and aloe allergy. Is it possible for an individual who is allergic to onions to pass on this allergy but for it to change to be allergic to aloe? My son had a severe reaction this weekend to aloe.
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