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Sunday, December 8, 2013
I have been told by an allergist that I am allergic to glycerin. I don`t seem to have any symptoms that normal allergies give but I have had headaches for 20+ years. Could the headaches have anything to do with allergies? I am also allergic to pork products which I think is why I`m allergic to glycerin.
It is possible to develop a delayed type hypersensitivity reaction to glycerol confirmed by patch testing. There is a relationship with headaches and upper respiratory symptoms related to "allergic rhinitis" and "non-allergic rhinitis". I am not following your rationale regarding pork products and glycerin. I know of no relationship. I would see an allergist experienced it these unusual issues who can help you better understand the problems you are experiencing.
Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati