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Updated on July 11, 2015
Article copyright Lorelei Cohen.
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The Things you Should Know About a Black Pepper Allergy

Allergies to black pepper do occur and if you are one of the individuals who suffers from a black pepper allergy than this article is for you.

Salt and pepper are standard spices that sit on almost every restaurant table in North America.

They are two of the most common spices used to season the foods that we consume but when it comes right down to the fact of the matter pepper may not be one of the better food choices that we can make.

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Allergies To Black Pepper:

Black pepper is one the worlds most common household spices, and perhaps this is why it is so surprising to learn that this spice also has the ability to cause severe inflammation of the skin, gastrointestinal tract, and respiratory system.

Black pepper can and does cause severe trauma to an elite group of individuals who have a sensitivity to it. For these individuals the ingestion, or even just the breathing in of, black or white pepper can have dramatic consequences.

Upset stomach, inflammation of the urinary tract or inflammation of other areas of the gastrointestinal tract, headache, skin inflammation, swollen eyelids, shortness of breath, chest pains, sore throat, hoarseness, diarrhea as well as other complications can occur. Severe reactions have even been known to cause death in those adversely affected by the powerful properties of this common table spice.

Thankfully severe allergies to black pepper are rare and it is only a few individuals who find themselves unable to tolerate even small amounts of this historical spice.

Peppercorn develops through various shades of color.

Black, red, white, and multi color peppercorn.
Black, red, white, and multi color peppercorn. | Source

A Little Pepper History:

The pepper plant or vine is officially known as Piper nigrum. It is a hardy perennial plant that survives from year to the next and is most commonly referred to as the Pepper Plant.

The woody pepper vine grows wild in the southern areas of India. It displays beautiful flowering tentacles which stretch out around it. Tiny whitish blossoms beam from a multitude of flat green leaves. The vines bear fruit as the spring turns to summer, and where the woody stems bend and touch the ground, is where the plant will sprout roots to begin new growth.

The peppercorn, or seed of the Pepper plant, has long been valued by man. In the spice trade pepper and ginger hold the dubious distinction of having the longest history of export, their popularity dating back at least 4000 years previous, and monetary wise Peppercorns are the most widely traded spice in the world today.

Most of the historical exporting of black pepper occurred from Southwest India where the plants grew wild, and although today their growth is encouraged on farms, these sturdy vines can still be found growing wild in India's countryside.

Black, green and white peppercorns are all harvested from the black pepper plant. Black is the partially ripened fruit, green is the unripe fruit, and white is the seed which is found when the fruit itself is peeled.

There are a number of ways to add flavor to your food.

Spices, fruits, herbs, vegetables. and sauces are a great way to flavor food.
Spices, fruits, herbs, vegetables. and sauces are a great way to flavor food. | Source

Set out a variety of flavorful spices onto the dining table.

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Simply Organic Ginger Root Ground Certified Organic, 1.64-Ounce Container

There are many spices to accent and compliment the flavor of the foods on your dinner table.

It's an enjoyable and decorative way to happy up your mealtime so spice it up.

There are so many spice options to use to replace pepper and having a variety set out on the table can be very enticing.

 

Cayenne pepper as an alternative to black pepper?

Although severe reactions to black pepper are rare it is recommended that even people who do not suffer allergic reactions to pepper should still consider limiting their ingestion of black and white pepper.

These peppers contain small amounts of a naturally occurring carcinogenic known as safrole and studies conducted way back in the 1960s found that this element caused liver cancer in lab rats which were given large doses of it.

If you would like a safer alternative to black or white pepper consider the use of Red pepper (cayenne pepper) instead. Cayenne pepper does not contain this carcinogenic.

Cayenne is of course probably not a good option for those allergic to pepper, but for these unique individuals thankfully there are a wide variety of other spices available on local grocery shelves, and the majority of those do not have the same potent properties that black pepper offers its users.

Visit a peppercorn plantation.

Garlic is healthy and can add a burst of flavor when needed.

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Simply Organic Garlic Powder Certified Organic, 3.64-Ounce Container

Almost every table is decorated with the traditional salt and pepper shaker set. As spices they are two of our most common seasonings but there are many other healthier options.

Powdered garlic can really spice things up when you want a little extra flavor in your food. Break away from the pepper grind and get into a newer seasoning trend.

 

Health benefits of Pepper.

Peppercorns and the oil contained within them have long been hailed as a flavor enhancer and health aide.

The healing properties of pepper is used most often to treat problems of the digestive system such as parasitic worms, lack of appetite, diarrhea, digestive problems, and colic, but pepper has also been used to improve the symptoms of coughs, colds and breathing difficulties.

Do you suffer from an allergy to pepper?

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      OMG! Do you know that I am seriously allergic to pepper -- especially the kind when that guy comes to your table and has that big grinder in his hand and he says, would you like some fresh pepper. ACK. Oh captcha word = sniffgeek

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      @julieannbrady: You are the first person that I have met who is allergic to pepper - it is a very rare allergy to have.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I am not allergic to pepper but I sure do sneeze a lot when near it.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We are a huge pepper use family, we rarely use salt, but it would be terrible if we had a pepper allergy. Awww Julie, I love freshly ground pepper; use that for our red and green peppercorns.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      I love pepper. Petty much sprinkle it on everything except popcorn. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My wife has this allergy also, I'll have to try out red pepper. This one goes in my favorites for further reading!

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      Krafick 6 years ago

      I didn't know allergy to pepper existed. Rafick

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Also allergic, recent development, causes burning and numb mouth, then massive runs if I try to keep eating. Sure wish I didn't have to google this, but glad I'm not alone. Thanks for the info! Will try Ceyenne pepper instead!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You have certainly given me an education here again, I wasn't aware that people could suffer so terribly due to pepper allergy, they must have to be so careful anywhere they go to eat because it is such a common ingredient. I also didn't know the black, green and white pepper all come from the same plant, cool!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: The human body is amazing but it does have it's sensitivities and each of us is unique. Pepper is not a common allergy but it is definitely a food - spice product that some people just cannot tolerate.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: For people who are allergic to black pepper then red pepper is definitely an alternative to try. Lol...allergies are funny because I am sensitive to red and green peppers rather than the black.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @Krafick: I think some people can be allergic to virtually every food out there including spices such as black pepper. Fortunately an allergy to black pepper is rare so most people get to enjoy the flavor this very popular spice brings our food.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @happynutritionist: Thank you for stopping by my black pepper allergy article. I am glad that you found it informative.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just found out my 6 year old is allergic to black pepper and celery...we love to eat out and are now very restricted due to his new diet. He is also allergic to soy,cashews,peanuts,almonds and pears. Does anyone else have this issue?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I have a severe black pepper allergy. Yes, eating out can be cumbersome. Ask for no seasoning or little seasoning as most restaurants use a spice blend and can't simply leave off the pepper. Reaction is typically 24 hours later. Severe abdominal pain as if you have something on fire in your abdomen and an internal "hot" feeling all over that feels as if I am going to combust. Unfortunately, the best solution is to make oneself throw up, but at least then the symptoms go away. If you let it go, the pain will simply wind through your gut and you'll be sick for days.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am severely allergic to black pepper that I will get hives and physically ill if smell or eat something with it. white pepper cases my airway to close off and i get hives and sick. ang get horrible migraines. I don't even want to try green or pink pepper corns, if it looks like pepper no mater the color i stay away from it. I can't eat out any more, most salt thing at fast food places is a combo of salt and pepper and it stinks and most places have gone prepackaged food so the meal looks the same all the time its almost always marinated or added so mostly I eat at home or eat McDonald's tell them no salt/seasoning on the meet and fries there pretty good about it once i tell them I'm allergic to it. in and out is the same. not the best choices I know but what's a girl to do.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am very allergic to black pepper it causes me to stop breathing withen minutes. It is very difficult allergy to have co workers hate it they can't eat things in the office cause mine is airborn as well. You can't really eat out and you can only eat at family and friends who truly understand what foods contain it and which ones don't. I have no reaction yet to white pepper which my doctor finds odd but he feels I need to avoid it as well cause most people who have the allergy to black pepper will eventually develop an allergy to the other spicy seasonings. One of the main signs of possiblly being allergic to a spicy seasoning is if it seems extremely hot to you when to others they can barely notice the hotness.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Since I wrote this pepper allergy article I am really surprised by how many people have come forward to say that they suffer from an allergy to pepper. I can see how it would be very difficult to avoid exposure.

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      Art-Aspirations 5 years ago

      This is really interesting. My husband tested as sensitive to peppercorns. and I'd never heard of that before. Unfortunately he's also allergic to anything in the nightshade family, so cayenne is out. The spice in his life comes from ginger, garlic or wasabi.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Now this is another one of your articles that I have talked to others about, everyone seems so surprised, like I was, that we can actually suffer from an allergy to pepper and avoidance is the only real solution...*

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have been suspecting allergy to black pepper increasingly lately. Is this a progressive allergy, most likely to worsen by time or exposure? I have the extreme burning tongue and lips. I do have digestive/bowel issues that are likely related after reading this article and the previous comments. I had a strange first time symptom yesterday though. Not sure if it is related or not. After eating sausage gravy at the church breakfast following the sunrise service, I had the immediate extreme burning. In fact, it must have been a non-mild sausage or something added to the gravy as the sausage in the egg casserole did not burn as bad. I went through 2 bottles of water to help my mouth recover. In the middle of breakfast, I started feeling extremely tired like I could fall asleep right there. I went home and slept for almost 2 hours before going to Sunday School. When I woke up, I was feeling very woozy/wobbly! I stayed that way for almost 2 hours. It felt weird going into Sunday School practically feeling like I was drunk or on drugs. Even had the giggles and glassy eyes between dozings. I was not walking steady. I have never ever felt that way before. I do not drink or do drugs. It was noticeable to the others in my class though. I have had the exhaustion problems for a good 4 months now and wonder if it is related to this now. Any thoughts on this? I do have to order steaks and grilled meats with no seasonings at all restaurants now. Some of their seasoning blends are really reactive with me. To the point I can't taste the meat...

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      You know, I was surprised to learn that I am allergic, somewhat, to black pepper ... but I still use it. It can make me sneeze like crazy! The ex would always ask, "you using pepper?"

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I was in the ER room when they brought me something to eat. My mouth/tongue was burning. I was yelling at them what did they put in the food. I food out later I was allergic to black pepper. That was years ago. I hoped it would go away but hasn't. I glad I found this. I wanted to take another spice but black pepper is added into it. I didn't know what it would do. It probably burn my throat as I had that happen with other natural substances that were supposed to have no side effects. I have people look at me funny when eating out. It so hard to get food without black pepper in it.

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      Odille Rault 5 years ago from Gloucester

      I didn't know about pepper allergies before - excellent information - really good to be aware of.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Mother's Day fiasco, went to get some "hot wings". Ordered parmesan garlic, they were so full of fiery pepper, I took a small bite and the burn began. Went to the waitress and asked her for the mildest wings they had. She brings me "mild" wings. Again, loaded with pepper. I was cajoled into trying another sort, which were acceptable, but when the bill came, they wanted to charge me for both of the "Hot" wings, which they threw in the garbage.

      Servers are not very tolerant of those with pepper issues, they feel I am just being picky. It was quite an unpleasant scene to say the least. I was still burning from the pepper an hour later, from the two tiny bites.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I also have a black pepper allergy. It came on me this summer when a whole box of poofed in my face and I landed in the ER. Now the tiniest bit, airborne or in my food, send me into anaphylaxis along with severe abdominal cramps. It's been a learning experience to avoid it. I've found that Thai restaurants and most Mexican restaurants are really great places to eat out pepper free.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I don't have an allergy to Pepper, but I use a lot of Black Pepper to season my food, so I don't need to use any Salt. Black Pepper is probably one of my favorite spices, I didn't know people could be allergic to it though, that's sad and must make it difficult when you go out to eat.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really did not know that pepper can cause allergy, but than anything can. Sad if one has to do without this sizzling spice.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the article. I spent several months and hundreds of dollars with a naturopath who suspected I had some sort of food allergy. Went thru the elimination diet, lost 53 pounds due to diarreha, had my gall bladder removed, was diagnosed with oral lichen planus, told to avoid several types of foods to keep the oral flare ups down and all this time, I never suspected pepper. In fact, it is so "ordinary" I never even considered avoiding it because it is a spice. It's literally in everything that is packaged, canned, powdered and bought at a restaurant. It's listed as "spices" in the ingredient list. I have only recently made this discovery and I get the list of symptoms that most people here have listed. I can tell when I've been exposed because it starts out with muscle tension in my shoulder, upper back and neck. My symptoms started out almost unoticeably, from the occasional migrane to body aches to the oral lichen planus to IBS to gall bladder involvement and kidney stones. It's too bad it had to go on so long before discovering it. But I guess that's what happens when your allergy is "uncommon" - and it IS progressive. With every "exposure" -accidental or intentional- the symptoms last longer and come on faster. So don't do it, it's not worth it... pretty soon I'll be allergic to it if it's in the air (knock wood.) I use a combination of liquid Benadryl and Vanquish to help ease the symptoms, but it usually means putting myself to bed for the rest of the day as I get awfully sick. Don't have an Epi pen but thinking about it. And thanks to the poster for the throwing up tip, next time I have an accidental exposure, that's what I'm going to do. I find that I can't eat out... Subway oven roasted chicken occasionally with no dressings, just oil and vinegar. I once ordered a chicken burger and said no salt and pepper but that didn't work, so I just don't bother anymore. I'll order a baked potato or bowl of fruit. Cross contamination is an issue. Can't order toast because they put it on the grill where the burgers get cooked with salt and pepper. Anyway, it is depressing, but like everything else, I guess we learn to live with it. There are worse things in life.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      P.S. I think cinnamon is becoming a problem now too. I read that it is in the same food family as pepper... so beware fellow pepper sufferers!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I do suffer from black pepper allergies and find it difficult to eat out at all you can eat eateries.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I also suffer from soy (soybeans and soy sauce) allergies

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am, unfortunately, also allergic to pepper. I was not born that way. I began experiencing sensitivity around age 20 or so. As time as passed, I have become hyper aware of it. I can smell and see it when others without the allergy can't detect it at all. My symptoms have increased to burning in the mouth, tongue, gums, and throat to swelling of tongue and lips and digestive issues. Eating out is very difficult as you have to talk to a server that doesn't know the ingredients in the food and u have to go as far as to ask what the meats are curred in :(. I'm not sensitive to airborne exposure, but have found that green and bell peppers also cause the same reaction. I've learned to eat at home or ask to speak to the manager and head cooks so they are all aware of the issue and hopefully will prevent cross contamination. It is embarrassing the looks i get but I've leaned to laugh it off. It's something I never heard of until it happened to me. At least I'm not alone. Thanks for the great information and article!

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: It is very difficult to eat a restaurants when you suffer from a food allergy that is a very common food or spice. Unfortunately many servers do not take an allergy to common foods as seriously as they do shellfish or peanut allergies so it can make it difficult to know that the food you receive truly is safe for you to eat.

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      Mark Falco 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I have a tendency to season almost everything with a little (or a lot) black pepper so thankfully no one I know has this allergy.

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I do suffer from a black pepper allergy, although I can eat white pepper (the allergy is to the rind)... :) I had my blood tested many years ago and this was one of many sensitivities that I had. Blessed!

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      I've never heard of an allergy to pepper. I use pepper in just about everything - it's hard for me to imagine not using it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      At 69 i finally figured out i am allergic to black pepper, especially the inexpensive, powdery kind. I did it by a process of elimination over years. I now no longer suffer from frequent bouts of heartburn and excess acid and no hay fever like sxs after filling the pepper shaker. Am trying cayenne in our shaker instead, but so far I just add garlic powder or dill or some other spice appropriate for the meal. Incidentally, i have the same GI allergy sxs from nutmeg, so pumpkin and apple pie favorites are a big loss.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @yourselfempowered: Anyone who finds themselves using antacids and other heartburn remedies should stop using black pepper for a week and see if it all just goes away.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Years ago i read a book by Dr. Lenden Smith in which he stated his belief that allergens can even cause hives in the joints: "Anything can do anything." I believe my terrible body aches prior to quitting black pepper were all part of that allergic response.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have an allergy to what seems like all peppers (I fear testing the ones I don't commonly see) (this includes black pepper) I can't be near them. I can't eat them, I can't smell them, I can't even touch them. Due to their presence in Niacin (which is a plant cellulose extract) which is in basically every single processed food in the world I am very limited in what I can eat. Every time I take a bite I fear my throat will close and I'll keel over. It's not fun.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am also allergic to pepper, all kinds. I even have the airborne reaction. I start with a hoarse voice, then severe cough, then progresses to trouble breathing. I have had some slight swelling of the tongue and lips. People don't think of chili powder, pimento, and paprika as being a form of pepper. I am also allergic to cinnamon, basil, blue cheese, red cabbage, artificial sweetener, and am sensitive to all forms of yeast. I am so much fun to take to a restaurant! The yeast has been a problem all of my life. Everything else started in April of 2000. It seems like I got up one day and everything I ate made me sick. From there it progressed to a very sever stage. When I go out to eat sometimes I can only eat a baked potato and salad, after I pick out all of the red cabbage. Some places will clean the grill for me, some places do have a skillet that they can cook in instead of on the grill. I know which places will be helpful and which places looks at me as if they want to tell me to never come back again. I hate going to a new restaurant or to a dinner party. Most of my friends and family just tell me to bring my own food. I have found that a lot of people don't believe me. They say it won't hurt you to eat just a little. Or you can't really be having a reaction to just the smell. One thing I have found, mint suppresses a cough. If I start to feel something I get a peppermint or spearmint candy. Sometimes it will get it under control without medication. But I also carry allergy pills and an Epipen.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I an severely allergic to all peppers and onions. Someone sprayed pepper spray around me right before Christmas and I went into respiratory arrest. Was put in a coma and on life support. I keep a minimum of three epi pens at all times. People need to realize that these things can kill people like us. Please be careful if using these sprays for anything less than saving your life. Using them can end someone else's life.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @miaponzo: Glad to know about the rind part! I am allergic to black pepper and have been almost my whole life. I can have white pepper, just not black. I get tired of people "testing" me to see if I am right or not. It is even harder when my own grandmother doesn't believe me and still uses it in dishes anyway. She then gets mad because you don't eat. As for going out, I usually call the restaurant ahead of time and talk to the manager. They are usually really nice about it (I try to call when it is the least busy). I explain my allergies and we come up with a plan Per Se that allows them to be ready for me and I don't have to make others wait while I send something back just because the didn't clean the grill and just flopped my food on there. SMH Glad I am not alone in this. Also, my hubby is great! He makes sure people know about it... almost too much... but he says it is because he doesn't want me to hurt or not be here any longer. :)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I don't think so as we do use this often.

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      Anthony Altorenna 4 years ago from Connecticut

      I add freshly cracked black pepper to almost every dish, and I'll need to be more careful when cooking for friends.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a severe allergy to black and white pepper as did my grandmother and great grandmother. Symptoms include severe gastrointestinal cramping, burning, difficulty breathing and chest pains. I have no difficulties with red or green paper.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      It's so, so nice to know that I'm not alone in this. I'm the only person I know with this (these) allergy(s) and it's so difficult for people to know what it's like.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi! I too am allergic to pepper. This came to light a few years back when the Bloody Mary drink prepared for me was mostly hot sauce. By that evening I had no voice and a fever. I had allergic bronchitis. I never liked pepper and stirred away from hot and spicy foods. We realized after the drink incident that the times when I was short of breath in the past, that this was an allergy reaction. But the drink brought it home. It is difficult to eat out. So I either have to take an allergy pill prior to eating out or just cook the foods myself. I had an Allergy doctor tell me that it is not possible to be, allergic to pepper. And that it was in my head. Needless to say, I have not returned to see him.

      I sympathize with all of you with this allergy. My symptoms when I eat a food with pepper is that my tongue feels as if a blade as been raked across it several times and it hurts. Then if there is a lot of it and I inhale, then my airway starts to close and my breathing gets harder and I will have a piercing pain just behind my earlobes. Once this occurs I know I have to get to the hospital. Shellfish, eggplant and heft acid content foods cause reactions to me.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I am allergic to white pepper , my intestines swell massively and it is very painful , one one occasion I ate something in a restaurant without knowing it had white pepper in and within an hour I could barely move , couldn't sit down and was sweating badly , it took 8 days to completely go . Each time I have ingested white pepper the symptoms are worse , I am now so careful and read all labels on packaging.

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      Lynda Makara 3 years ago from California

      I never heard of a black pepper allergy. I use it but I much prefer the taste of cayenne pepper.

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      shari2857 3 years ago

      I have a severe allergy to All Pepper. Everything from table pepper to the vegetable and anything spicy. When the pepper touches my lips, my throat closes. I use a Epi Pen all the time. It takes about 48 hours to feel better

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      shari2857 3 years ago

      @anonymous: I also saw an allergy doctor who told me that there was no such thing as a pepper allergy

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      shari2857 3 years ago

      What kind of Allergy pills are people using for their pepper allergy?

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      tarcissius 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Having just found out that WP is not too good for me, (the reaction lasts about 5 hrs.) The reaction comes from my gut, and pushes up into my throat, and burns! Ant-acid does not do the trick, but sitting up and sipping warm water calms it down ! Yet, I can eat chillies and enjoy Indian/Thai/Mexican foods. I believe now that my wife is trying to kill me with WP. I'll just have to tell her No more WP! Then , finding out from her that she is using much more WP than she ever has with her wonderful cooking, She has been using so much of WP that it makes the food taste hotter, but not spicier!

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      tarcissius 3 years ago

      @sudokunut: The WP is wonderful for some, however, too much white pepper and the food starts to get hot, and looses the spicy flavour? I'm not allergic, I have a bad reaction to too much WP and that lasts for about 5 hrs.

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      snoopy1998 2 years ago

      @shari2857: I have the same problem. And it is in everything. Also, people think that I am imagining my symptoms. So when I am going out to eat, I just automatically take an allergy pill. This will protect me from having a sever reaction. I have gone to the hospital a couple of times due to unexpected pepper or shellfish in the food I would eat.

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      snoopy1998 2 years ago

      @shari2857: Yep, maybe it was the same doctor!

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      Andy99 2 years ago

      I have severe allergy to black or white pepper. I get severe gastrointestinal cramps and diarrhea for days. It will pretty much wipe me out, regardless of the amount I accidentally eat. I can cook with bell peppers and get no reaction from it. Going out to eat is nearly impossible or getting anything prepared in cans or freezer section in the grocery store. I also have Crohn's Disease, so it really does a number on me. I wish there was something I could take when it happens to lessen the effects.

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      Susan Deppner 2 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Wow, allergy to pepper is something I've never even considered. I like your alternatives! Very interesting read.

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      tammy 20 months ago

      I am allergic to all pepper spice. I have gastrointestinal and bowl inflammation so badly for about a month. I ask for the list of food they serve with no pepper. It is usually a short list. My husband and I have left a restaurant with out ordering anything because I couldn't eat anything there. We simply say we are sorry but we are going to a place where the food doesn't have any pepper in it. I also am allergic to latex, tomatoes, and make kidney stones. The list of foods I can eat is short. I didn't know I could take an allergy tablet for it. This article is great and the comments too.

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      joy mac donald 19 months ago

      I am so violently allergic to any pepper black or white. I get a violent headache for a week or two. No meds help at all. Not even a migraine pack. And because I have ear nerve damage it affects my ears too now. I get bad Ear pain with it.

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      sg 19 months ago

      Excellent , and RARE article ! Thus all these excellent comments !

      Received a delicious holiday gift that is bringing me here now---a gallon of dried Greek Olives with black pepper, oregano, and salt. (no vinegar )

      Wow, the symptoms of this allergy are so unique to each person . And the effects can last for a month.

      5 days ago when the olives arrived, I relished 12 of them.

      Within hours my Urinary Tract was suddenly on fire. And I don't even have urinary sensitivities.

      Reduced to 6 olives per day , but 4 days later woke up with hives on my chin. 6 more olives and day 5 the hives are worse.

      The only other time I had hives , it was it led to acute anaphylaxis reaction. (before I was able to figure out that it was a 'natural' shampoo with synthetic perfume in it ). And led to my first psoriasis, just on the tip of my pretty nose--which bled for a whole year , then cleared up .

      No olives for me today.

      I will try to soak away all the black pepper by filling the glass gallon jar of olives with water, and changing the water every day for awhile before trying them again.

      May end up having to pass on this gift to someone who isn't allergic to pepper.

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      sg 19 months ago

      Also, a headache came with the hives.

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      Amy 15 months ago

      I was allergy tested as a teen and black pepper is on my list. I do wonder if it Is allergy or sensitivity though. My reaction to ingesting is severe headache and sometimes nausea.

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      Kris 13 months ago

      I'm allergic to black pepper and onions. There are so many things I have to avoid because of this. Even salad dressing and it seems almost everything has one or the other in it.

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      lyndyloo 10 months ago

      I suffered diarrhoea and sickness for two years after eating food with black pepper included I went for allergy clinic test and since being diagnosed avoid it like the plague I would be ill within an hour of eating food and sweat and faint after being sick its an embarrassing allergy I cannot eat out it started with the menopause I never suffered before that

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