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Could my metal allergy cause diarrhea?

12/14/2009

Question:

I have allergic reactions to any oxidizing metal, including zinc. I have learned to be careful about my pants buttons, eyeglasses, jewelry, and the host of other metal objects that I encounter on a day-to-day basis. For the past few years, I have been experiencing diarrhea regularly. I was wondering if the presence of metals like zinc in many foods could be a factor in this, and if so, is there anything I can do about it?

Answer:

Any allergy can cause diarrhea, due to a release of histamine. Not sure if there is anything to do except avoid exposure. Ask your allergist to be sure.

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Response by:

Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati