Sesame Allergy If you have a physical reaction after consuming sesame or its products, you may be showing signs of a sesame allergy. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, low pulse rate, itchiness inside the mouth, hives, or an anaphylaxis emergency. The number of people with a sesame allergy has risen in recent years; yet, sesame is still a common hidden allergen that is not always listed on food labels. Sesame comes in the form of a seed or oil, which makes sesame allergies hard to identify. Sesame oil is not highly processed or refined, so some of the protein remains intact. This can cause a serious allergic reaction. Much like tree nut allergies, sesame allergies are sometimes cross-reactive. This means that if you are allergic to sesame, you could be allergic to similar seeds and nuts. Allergies to hazelnuts and rye grain often accompany a sesame allergy. Sesame is also found in many processed foods. Our allergists understand the difficulties faced living with a sesame allergy. That is why we have provided a list of products and ingredients that you may need to avoid, as well as a list of substitutions for sesame seed and oil. FOODS THAT MAY CONTAIN SESAME AND SHOULD BE AVOIDED Hummus Crackers Some Gluten Free Foods Salad dressings Risotto Some Tomato Pastes Baked goods such as bagels, bread, buns, rolls, pastries Snack foods such as trail mix, granola bars, protein bars, pita chips Asian, Middle Eastern, Italian, and Greek dishes SUBSTITUTIONS FOR SESAME SEED AND OIL Poppy seeds Shelled hemp seeds Sunflower Oil Sunflower seeds Light Olive Oil Peanut Oil Flax seeds Canola Oil Vegetable Oil SESAME ALLERGY DIAGNOSIS/TREATMENT A food challenge or allergy provocation test is the most accurate way to diagnose a sesame allergy. A Board Certified allergist at NY Allergy & Sinus Centers will administer the allergen in a clinical setting and wait to see if a reaction occurs. Your allergist will have emergency tools close by, such as an epinephrine injection. They will prescribe allergy medications to soothe any symptoms related to your sesame allergy. If you believe that you suffer from a sesame allergy, contact the allergists at NY Allergy & Sinus Centers. With access to the latest allergy testing and treatment, we can diagnose your sesame allergy today. We offer seven convenient offices to treat your allergies no matter where you are in the city. Call 212-686-4448 to book your appointment now!