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weird allergy?

I absolutely *love* asparagus, but every time I eat more than 3 or 4 stalks, I break out on huge, red, itchy hives on my face, chest and arms. No matter how well I wash it or how I prepare it, fresh or frozen, I get hives.

Anybody ever heard of someone being allergic to asparagus?

Fri. Dec 23, 10:36am

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if you are allergic to it, you probably should stay away from it. Allergirs could get worse, leading to anaphylactic shock (where your windpipe gets swollen shut & could kill you.) i'd talk to your doc & get an allergy test

Friday, December 23, 2005, 10:42 AM

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young asparagus?

I don't share this allergy (don't have any food allergies, actually), but I googled it for the hell of it. One site mentioned it was rare to be allergic to it, but another noted that asparagus pickers often get skin rashes (
and two of the sites I looked at indicated the allergen might be more present in young asparagus.

Anyway, I agree you should stay away from it until you've done more research, and perhaps seen an allergist. You don't want to get anaphylactic shock or something.

Friday, December 23, 2005, 12:13 PM

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006, 1:40 PM

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006, 1:45 PM

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Food allergies are very common. This is a link to a doctor in Texas who has some helpful information on his website. It has helped me greatly. One interesting claim he makes is that a reaction to food can be reversed in 15 minutes by ingesting a whole bunch of Buffered Vitamin C powder.


Sunday, November 19, 2006, 8:50 AM

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That's interesting - my husband has a similar reaction to broccoli. What's more is that whenever he has it, he drinks pure cranberry juice and that clears up his reaction in 15-30 minutes (depending on how bad it was). I suppose unbuffered vit C is the component that does it. According to him he has had this reaction since high school.

Sunday, November 19, 2006, 10:22 PM

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i once worked at a place where one of our regular dining room customers was deathly allergic to asparagus. i don't exactly know what is in the asparagus that's an allergen for him, but when we served a harvest vegetable soup that had been pureed, it had asparagus in it. he helped himself to a bowl without asking what was in it. shortly after eating some soup, he had a terrible time trying to breathe and we had to call 911 for him. it was later told to us that he had an awful allergy to aspasagus and had just experienced a bad reaction. from then on, we monitored everything this guy ate!!! that's the first and only time i've come across this type of allergy, and i've been a chef for nearly 20 years.

Monday, November 20, 2006, 9:25 AM

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Me too!

This absolutely is a real allergy. I ate asparagus for years with no problem, but within the last 2 years, I've developed the same problem. I can eat 1 or 2 stalks of the thick, older stalks, but even a bite or two of the thinner stalks makes me break out in hives for hours. My doc told me to just stay away from asparagus foverever : (

Monday, November 20, 2006, 1:00 PM

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according to the following info, there is some explanation as to why one may be able to eat older, larger asparagus, but not the young, slim stalks.

"Allergens: Asparagus contains asparagin, coniferin, and the glucoside, vanillin. The allergen, however, appears to be 1,2,3-Trithiane-5-carboxylic acid, a sulfur-containing growth inhibitor which appears to be present mainly in the early phase of the growth season."

here is the link to the page


Monday, November 20, 2006, 1:43 PM

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asparagus allergy

I too have eaten asparagus for years, ate some for lunch today and ended up in the emergency room with a severe allergic reaction to it.
My throat was closing,and one eye was swollen shut. No more asparagus for me.

Monday, May 11, 2009, 7:36 PM

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I'm not allergic to asparagus, but I am allergic to tomatoes, which is okay because I think they're disgusting anyways.

Monday, May 11, 2009, 7:41 PM

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asparagus alergic reaction

I have enjoyed asparagus since I was a kid and I'm now 54. Last night, I was at a nice banquet-buffet that featured fresh, steamed asparagus. I had about six stalks and it was so good, I had six more. It was young, slender-stalked asparagus picked in April. About 40 minutes later, I felt flushed much like has happened to me from Niacin capsules. Then came the headache, muscle and joint ache like the flu. Two hours after eating, I had tremors, my body was shaking with fever-like chills. I was not sure whether or not to call 911. I went to bed and sometime in the night things returned to normal. I researched asparagus and found all this information. I ate "young" asparagus. I had two large portions of it. If I had eaten any more I think I would have been in real trouble.


Sunday, April 25, 2010, 1:46 PM

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Asparagus causes some people to have very bad smelling urine. It's not an allergic reaction, but rather an altered metabolism of the asparagus by some people's bodies.

Monday, April 26, 2010, 1:05 AM

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asparagus allergy

Well, I also love asparagus, and only recently have I begun to break out in hives when I eat it. It seems to be associated, for me, to taking Paxil... when I went off the drug, the allergy went away, and when I resumed it a year later, the allergy came back, Don't know if that helps... Paxil is an SSRI, there are many other drugs in this class as well.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 9:10 PM

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Sounds like my allergy to honeydew mellon. I used to eat it every summer until about five years ago - no more for me!!! It stinks to have to cut things you love out of your diet, but that's better than being itchy for hours.

Monday, November 22, 2010, 10:13 AM

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I just met someone allergic to peaches... not tte inside, just the fuzz.. but its a HUGE deal with her... trip to the hospital if you bring a whole peach anywhere near her... never heard of that or the asparagus... strange.

Saturday, November 27, 2010, 10:07 PM

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my daughter has over 40 food allergies. Asparagus is one of them.

Thursday, December 02, 2010, 9:32 AM

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weird allergy?

I too, have loved and eatten asparagus all of my life. Then this past June I started breaking out with hives for no apparent reason? After several incidents, I finally came to suspect asparugus and I have stayed away from it since. Then this past weekend, I confirmed the aspargus to be the cause. I was out with friends at a restaurant and I sampled two spears of their asparagus without thinking. Sure enough, I woke up in the middle of the night to itching hives once again!
How strange!

Monday, November 14, 2011, 8:51 PM

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