Q. I am always interested in the arthritis remedies I find in your column. After reading that turmeric could help, I bought some and took the pills according to directions. Several days later I had such a terrible rash that I had to go to the doctor for prednisone. I’ll never do that again!
A. We hope you are doing better. Your story is an important reminder that people can develop allergies to natural products as well as to pharmaceuticals. You are wise to avoid turmeric in the future. Keep in mind that it may be found in curry and yellow mustard as well.

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  1. Delilah

    I have allergies and am not sure what’s going to cause a reaction until I come in contact with it. The first time I used turmeric in a meal my mouth felt funny. I didn’t think much of it. When I woke up the next morning my mouth was swollen, and my right eye was swollen. Halfway through the day I had hives all over my body. My face was bright red, and my lips remain swollen. I did use Benadryl pill and cream. If you have allergies alway have Benadryl nearby. You might want to invest in an epi pen as well.

  2. Dennis Mallum

    Since taking Turmeric for arthritis, I have had very dry nostrils and a burning sensation inside of the nose. Does this sound like an allergy?

  3. Moreen

    I used turmeric for a tooth paste mixed with baking soda…the next day my gums were red and inflamed…felt a burning in my mouth. I’m convinced this was a reaction…thoughts?

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