If you have a physical reaction after consuming rice or rice products, you may be showing signs of an allergy. Symptoms include hives, gastrointestinal problems, and asthma or other respiratory issues. The major allergens responsible for rice allergy symptoms are 9-, 14-, and 31-kDa protein bands; and they are present in a variety of forms such as flour, oil, and milk. Similar to wheat or gluten allergies, you may have an intolerance to rice instead of an allergy. A rice intolerance can cause systemic inflammation. It may be safe to eat cooked rice as many proteins break down with heat; however, it is important to consult an allergist first. The allergists at NY Allergy & Sinus Centers can perform blood allergy tests to determine which proteins will evoke an allergic reaction. If you believe you have an allergy, you should avoid rice and its products until it is deemed safe to eat. We have provided a list of foods to avoid as well as some alternatives to rice products. FOODS THAT CONTAIN RICE AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED: Certain Cereals and Granola Bars Rice Cakes Cookies made with Rice Flour Rice Pudding Rice Milk Certain Baby Foods Rice Bread Risotto Rice Noodles Sushi Rice may be hidden in some products, such as cereal and granola bars. It is important to read the labels of the products you are consuming. Also, beware of gluten-free breads; many of those breads are baked with rice flour. When dining out, ask your server about the possibility of the restaurant using rice fillers in their food. FOODS TO CONSUME AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO RICE PRODUCTS: Oatmeal Sashimi Dairy or Soy Milk All Natural Meats Wheat Bread Cookies made with White Flour Wheat pasta Dried Fruit Vanilla or Chocolate Pudding Corn and Other Starches Wheat is an alternative grain to rice and provides more nutrients. Oatmeal and dried fruit can replace cereal for breakfast. You can also replace steamed rice with corn or other starches, such as potatoes. Navigating through a rice allergy does not have to be difficult. CONCLUSION: If you are concerned about a rice allergy, contact the allergists at NY Allergy & Sinus Centers for help. We have easy access to the latest technology to diagnose and relieve your asthma, hives, and other symptoms related to rice allergy. We offer individualized treatment plans to our pediatric and adult patients in seven convenient offices throughout Manhattan: Murray Hill, Midtown, Upper West Side, Chelsea, Upper East Side, and in Queens: Glendale and Hollis. Call 212-686-4448 to book your appointment today.