Mustard Allergy is a Growing Concern -- A Case in Boston Globe

Boston Globe describes the case of a 3-year-old girl who is allergic to mustard:

"We knew about the peanut allergy, and the doctor recommended using Benadryl. Things were pretty good for about 30 months. Until Dec. 4, 2006." That evening, in the peanut-free Evans household, Emily put a piece of mustard-covered bread into her mouth, and her throat started to close up.

"Right away I saw hives that were the size of golf balls across her face, neck and shoulders. It went so fast, and there were these terrible throat sounds that I," Evans paused, "never heard before."

After an EpiPen Jr, Benadryl, a 911 call, and four hours in the emergency room, Emily was OK."

Mustard allergy is a growing concern in Europe. A 2003 editorial in the European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology claimed mustard was the fourth most prevalent food allergen in children, behind eggs, peanuts, and milk.

France is the largest European producer and consumer of mustard which explains the increased frequency of mustard allergy there.

Mind map of food allergy. Read more in Food Allergy: A Short Review on

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