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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Could my metal allergy cause diarrhea?
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?
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.
Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati