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I have a self-diagnosed intolerance to garlic that is getting worse with age. My symptoms include terrible gas, bloating and up to 2 days of constipation or diarrhea. I also emit a strong garlic odor on my breath, skin and when I experience gas and bowel movements following a dose. I am frustrated because I have finally admitted to myself that garlic is an issue for me and have been telling restaurants that I am ALLERGIC to garlic. I still get served garlic consistently. I am generally a very healthful person and know garlic has many health benefits. I am wondering if there is a natural supplement of some sort that might counteract garlic's negative effects on me so that I can consume it regularly and without the abdominal pain and digestive issues I experience now.

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Anonymous

There is a very helpful Facebook Group, Garlic Allergy/Intolerance. More than 1000 members with lots of information, suggestions, recipes, and a listing of "safe" store-bought foods like spaghetti sauce.

April 24, 2015 - 1:13pm
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Anonymous

I have figured out that I too have a garlic allergy...I get a lot of pain and gas...but more shockingly I just discovered that just the smell of it can cause it, I don't even have to eat it...My son a chef and is making pasta, he just said smell that and put a garlic clove under my nose and within minutes i'm burping and in agony!! I didn't know this was possible.

April 15, 2015 - 6:29am
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I also have "garlic fever" - suffered all my life. Tried everything to no avail & would give anything for a cure as I love the flavor. Reactions - can't sleep & feel major anxiety, with increased heart rate. Sometimes I think I may have a heart attack. My stomach feels like a hydrogen bomb & must wear loose clothing. My dad was hospitalized after garlic spaghetti dinner. Me, my brother & nephew also share this. Regretfully, I must cut down on onion and shallot intake.

March 20, 2015 - 9:04pm
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Anonymous

I have recently self diagnosed some sort of allergy to garlic as well....just out of the blue. I can't even smell it anymore with my stomach churning and if I get any amount of it its horrible!! Terrible indigestion , diarrhea with severe cramping and gassy/belchy! I'm miserable for a couple days. I do have a hiatal hernia so I'm wondering if that is part of the problem however I've had the hernia for a while and have never had this problem with garlic.

March 9, 2015 - 6:30pm
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i have recently developed some reaction to garlic since taking a Metal Detox supplement with high garlic/allycin content. This is supposed to help with heavy metal toxicity but I feel much the worse for taking this supplement! i have noticed over the past few years that I have more negative reactions to garlic esp. but not limited to raw garlic. What are recommendations to eliminate/moderate effects of garlic - I know it is supposed to be good for you, but the effects are not worth the suffering.
Thanks, Lucinda

February 28, 2015 - 10:42am
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Anonymous

i have recently developed some reaction to garlic since taking a Metal Detox supplement with high garlic/allycin content. This is supposed to help with heavy metal toxicity but I feel much the worse for taking this supplement! i have noticed over the past few years that I have more negative reactions to garlic esp. but not limited to raw garlic. What are recommendations to eliminate/moderate effects of garlic - I know it is supposed to be good for you, but the effects are not worth the suffering.
Thanks, Lucinda

February 28, 2015 - 9:58am
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Anonymous

I don't know why I didn't think of looking this up before! My garlic "allergy" is a nightmare, additionally so because I can neither smell or taste it! So I consume it unknowingly (unless my sister's there to tell me) and end up barely making it home: Writhing pain, explosive d...., etc. Thanks, peeps, y'all hang in there!

February 24, 2015 - 1:03pm
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Anonymous

Well I love garlic but I have this symptoms after eating garlic which is vomiting and feel too much pain in my stomach and like a fire in my stomach and feeling uncomfortable too all three to two days :(

February 20, 2015 - 11:24am
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Anonymous

I have a severe reaction to garlic and onions. Similar to other posts I get extreme heartburn which is alarming as I have heart issues. Pains in my upper back ! Bloating and gas and the symptoms can go on for days.
I consulted a gut doctor and he suggested I look onto low FODMAP diet by Sue Shepherd PHD and Peter Gibson MD. A very helpful book that explains why in detail,with list of what I can et..one being green onions but just the green part. The reference has been very helpful, however sometimes I "accidentally" am exposed ...grrrr!
Good luck, I know how awful it can be as I have lost many a nights sleep and days of extreme upset because of this condition.

February 13, 2015 - 11:45am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Heartburn doesn't affect your Heart, thankfully

May 15, 2015 - 9:48pm
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