Chocolate Allergy Symptoms

Chocolate Allergy Symptoms: Signs & Causes Of Common Allergies and Symptoms Of Chocolate.

Chocolate allergies are one of the more rare food allergies but it still needs to be addressed. Most people don't have an allergy to chocolate or cocoa, per se, but the extras that are found in chocolate.

These could include ingredients such as soy, milk, nuts, corn syrup, and other flavorings. Caffeine, which is naturally occurring in chocolate, can also cause an allergic reaction. Try to look for nut free chocolate or for chocolate that wasn't processed in a plant with tree nuts,  if possible.

Remember, the "Big 8" food allergens are eggs, milk, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. Ingredients such as milk and wheat are common in foods like brownies, cakes, pies, and pudding. You might be allergic to one of the Big 8 and not necessarily the chocolate.

What Is A Food Allergy?

A food allergy is your body's hyperactive state when it comes into contact with something its allergic to. For most people, chocolate is not serious. To the best of my knowledge a chocolate allergic reaction is rarely life-threatening.

For those that are allergic to chocolate, the signs and symptoms usually develop within a few minutes to hours after eating a food containing that allergen. 

Some people can have an allergic reaction or intolerance to chocolate which causes unwanted symptoms. Chocolate allergy symptoms vary from person to person and can display themselves in a variety of ways.

Chocolate Allergy Symptoms In Children & Adults

Only about 0.5%  of people have an actual allergy to chocolate. These symptoms can manifest themselves within a few minutes (most of the time) to a few hours after eating chocolate. These symptoms can include:

  • Abdominal pain (intestinal pain)
  • Congestion (sinus problem)
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hives
  • Itchy skin (eczema)
  • Mouth and/or abdominal tingling
  • Nausea 
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Rash
  • Red or bloodshot eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Skin redness (flushing)
  • Swelling of lips, tongue, face and/or throat 
  • Vomiting
  • Wheezing

In severe cases with chocolate allergies the victim can get Anaphylaxis shock which is very dangerous. It's a life-threatening emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Many times those that are susceptible to Anaphylaxis shock will carry epinephrine, sometimes called an EpiPen. This gives the person a shot of adrenaline and offers enough time to get him to the emergency room. Anaphylaxis symptoms can include:

  • Difficulty in breathing. The victim may have a swollen throat or airway making it difficult to breathe.
  • Facial flush
  • Lightheaded
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Stomach pain

Foods That May Contain Chocolate To Varying Degrees

  • Bars
  • Biscuits
  • Cakes 
  • Candies (Milk Duds, Whoppers)
  • Caramel apples
  • Coffee beans
  • Doughnut 
  • Fruit (cherry, strawberry)
  • Marshmallow pies 
  • Nuts (Almonds, Macadamia)
  • Pastries
  • Peanuts
  • Pies
  • Plums
  • Pretzel
  • Raisins
  • Wafers

If you think you have a chocolate allergy or an intolerance it's best to talk to your doctor or allergist. Another good avenue is a local chiropractor that does Applied Kinesiology Muscle Testing for allergies. These kinds of food allergy symptoms can be potentially life threatening due to Anaphylactic shock so it's best to get professional help.

The doctor, allergist, or chiropractor can perform a series of tests to determine the root cause of the allergy and treat it accordingly.

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