saffron allergy symptoms
14/06/2023

Saffron Spice Allergy Symptoms

People can show signs of allergy to many spices, saffron is no exception. This precious spice may cause some troubles, better to say allergic reactions, under some circumstances. Some people may get sick by having a pinch of saffron in their food. Saffron allergic symptoms may vary in different persons, from simple dizziness to serious anaphylaxis or urticaria signs. There are some uncommon symptoms of saffron allergy too. Some people only feel allergic to other by-products of saffron flowers, such as petals or pollen. Allergic reactions to saffron pollen can be completely different from what we experience in saffron stigma allergic symptoms. This post discusses the potential allergic reactions to saffron stigmas in various degrees of severity. 

The severity of allergens varies from person to person. Sensitivity to saffron can occur at various levels of mild, immediate, and severe. One may experience an anaphylactic reaction, generalized urticaria, abdominal cramps, and laryngeal edema, only after taking a saffron meal. As you can see these allergies may turn into a health threat

In addition to the normal saffron consumers, saffron workers are also exposed to allergic risks such as asthma and rhinitis. Occupational saffron allergies are a common issue among saffron workers in times of harvest and stripping.

Common symptoms of saffron sensitivity

The common saffron allergy reaction include:

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  • Having hives or urticaria
  • Nasal congestion
  • Lip swelling
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Body flaming
  • Dry skin
  • Etc.

However, there are some uncommon symptoms of saffron allergies, among which anaphylaxis is the most dangerous and life-threatening one.

Can saffron cause anaphylaxis?

That is possible, but this is a rare thing to happen

Anaphylaxis, anaphylactic shock, is a kind of rare, life-threatening spice allergic reaction. One study analyzed the hidden anaphylaxis food allergy in the mix of curry and saffron. Be careful when combining spices. 

Symptoms of anaphylaxis 

Anaphylaxis to saffron should be taken seriously, even though it is a rare spice allergy. The below anaphylaxis symptoms appear suddenly and get worse quickly:

  • Fast heartbeat
  • Clammy skin
  • Anxiety and confusion
  • Losing consciousness
  • Breathing difficulties, in a way that you have shallow, fast breath
  • Getting fainted and lightheaded
  • Wheezing
  • Stomachache
  • Itchy hives
  • Etc.

These symptoms are so annoying and life-endangering if you do not receive any medical attention. 

Medical interaction with saffron

Using saffron with medications that have the same health benefits can endanger your life. For example, taking saffron with pills that lowers the blood pressure, can cause too low blood pressure. Therefore, you need to be cautious and consult with the dosage of saffron you are consuming per day.

Take this as a rule of thumb, when it comes to medical interaction with saffron. If you are taking medication for a specific health problem, which can also be treated with regular consumption of saffron, make sure to discuss dosages with your doctor. 

saffron and urticaria

The relationship between saffron and urticaria 

One of the major skin allergies of saffron is the appearance of urticaria. Hives or urticaria is not a common spice allergy, yet it can vary from mild to severe levels in different people. In severe cases, it can cause severe troubles and damage to the body.

Children consuming saffron for the first time should test for any allergic reaction to avoid further health troubles. Too much use of saffron can also cause urticaria/hive allergies in some people. Therefore, it is recommended to keep moderation in the use of any spice including saffron stigma and pollen. 

The effect of saffron quality on allergies

Sometimes sensitivity to saffron is related to the quality of the product used. Some people may show symptoms of allergy to a specific saffron product, but not to all of them. For example, if you recently purchased saffron from an unknown supplier and encountered allergic problems, most probably you got some counterfeit saffron. Saffron additives and chemical dyes that some untrusted suppliers add to their products can cause potential hazards to our health. This is why we should be careful about the purity of the saffron product we are buying. 

SunLand Saffron company produces saffron in its family-owned farms and exports products to different countries around the world. We won’t supply saffron without testing it in our dedicated laboratories. The test results for each saffron crop can be provided upon the customer’s demand to let them make sure about the quality of the final products. This is why you can purchase Iranian saffron with ease of mind from our sales experts. 

How to prevent allergy to saffron?

First of all, you should keep moderation in saffron consumption. As mentioned earlier, too much saffron consumption can show signs of sensitivity to saffron. Pure saffron should be used in moderate amounts in order to prevent potential allergies.

Another way is to check the spice combination in your food recipes. You may develop an allergic reaction to specific spice combinations with saffron. Make sure you are not using odd spice combinations in your food. 

Also, you can test saffron before using them in food and beverages. If you are not sure that you may react allergically to saffron, it is a wise idea to test before its regular use.

One study claims that people who are allergic to Lolium, Olea (including olive), and Salsola plant species, might also be allergic to saffron. This is not scientifically proven yet. Therefore, you need to test before regular consumption.

Moreover, you need to check any medical interaction with saffron. If you are using a kind of medication that interacts with saffron spice, you better consult with your doctor or stop using saffron in your food.

Finally, avoid buying saffron from untrusted sources, as you may end up having counterfeit saffron in your cupboard. Counterfeit saffron may lead to potential spice allergies as they add substances and dyes to the product that may not be healthy. 

Last tip to consider: Buy Iranian saffron from reputable sources to make sure you are buying pure, high quality saffron.

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