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Food Salicylate and Allergy

There is no good quality evidence to support the use of low salicylate diets for the treatment of:

  • urticaria
  • angioedema
  • Samter's triad (asthma, nasal polyps, sinusitis rhinitis aspirin sensitivity)
  • anaphylaxis.

Salicylates in aspirin are very different to salicylates in food.   While a number of patients with urticaria, angioedema, asthma, rhinitis/sinusitus do react adversely to aspirin, (acetyl salicylic acid) studies have shown that these same patients do not react to dietary salicylates.

Furthermore, concerns regarding the harms of low salicylate diets have been raised.  Please click this link for a scientific article reviewing what the published medical evidence says about low salicylate diets.

The majority of Immunologists in Australasia do not support the use of salicylate exclusion diets.

This page was last updated at 11:08AM on March 24, 2021.