Talk:List of allergens

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I'll be bok. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 03:39, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

You can be allergic to anything[edit]

So what is the point of this page. --Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 06:08, 8 April 2011 (UTC)

Agreed - this page is a near-total loss. Wondered about a "common allergen" category instead, but that would be vague without a well-sourced list or every substance in WP would be a candidate. -- Scray (talk) 22:13, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Treatment column[edit]

...seems pointless. For any true allergy, if someone's having a severe IgE-mediated reaction, then they should receive epinephrine; likewise, allergies can generally be managed by avoidance of the allergen. In many cases, antihistamines can be helpful - and above all, WP is not a treatment manual. There is no clear basis for the data that are/aren't included in the column currently. So, what's the point of that column (yes, some would question the existence of this page, but that's been discussed recently and I don't want to go there). -- Scray (talk) 20:06, 23 April 2011 (UTC)

After 4 months I see no objection, so I will delete the "treatment(s) may include" column. -- Scray (talk) 21:59, 22 August 2011 (UTC)
As creator of the article, I approve completely. It's a much more credible article now. I don't know why I added it in the first place. Good call and thanks for the effort. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 00:03, 23 August 2011 (UTC)


Respiratory depression is a symptom of an opioid overdose—not an allergic reaction. It occurs with all opioids (not just codiene) and it is more dangerous with more potent ones, like morphine, heroin, and fentanyl. Both allergic reactions and overdoses are serious, even potentially fatal, but they are different hazards. Donfbreed (talk) 21:56, 21 June 2011 (UTC)

Removed as suggested. -- Scray (talk) 22:13, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

Delete? Or rename?[edit]

I'm considering nominating this article for deletion. The information is pretty much useless and the talk page is nothing but complaints and corrections. It is also inaccurate, since many of the items described in this list are sensitivities and not true allergies. And since it's possible to be allergic, or at least "sensitive," to almost everything, having such a list is not especially useful. Any objections? Thoughts? MYCETEAE - talk 02:25, 18 July 2012 (UTC)

OK, I see that this has been nominated for deletion twice and the decision was made to keep it. I think, at a minimum, the name needs to be changed and it should contain at least a brief discussion of what an allergy/allergen actually is. Surely Wikipedia should not be perpetuating popular misconceptions about what constitutes an allergic reaction.MYCETEAE - talk 02:29, 18 July 2012 (UTC)

Beef up citations?[edit]

I was thinking that the article could use more citations. i.e. It seems a bit strange to a non-allergy-expert like myself that MSG, Red 40, Aspartame are grouped together but, if I could follow a link to a study or an article, it might seem less strange.

In general, I feel that all reactions and remarks should be tagged with good citations. What do you all think?

Thanks! --hackfish 16:16, 13 September 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hackfish (talkcontribs)


Balsam of Peru, a top-five allergen in patch tests, would seem to belong to this list. But it would fit in more than one category. Do any regular editors of this page have thoughts as to how best to reflect it? Thanks.--Epeefleche (talk) 09:21, 13 April 2014 (UTC)

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