Hot dog headache; Glutamate-induced asthma; MSG (monosodium glutamate) syndrome
Treatment depends on the symptoms. Most, such as headache or flushing, need no treatment.
Life-threatening symptoms require immediate medical attention. They may be similar to any other severe allergic reaction and include:
Most people recover from mild cases of Chinese restaurant syndrome without treatment and with no lasting problems.
People who have experienced life-threatening reactions need to be extremely cautious about what they eat and should always carry medication prescribed by their doctor for emergency treatment.
If you experience any symptoms such as shortness of breath, heart palpitations, chest pain, or swelling of the lips or throat, go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
Bush RK, Taylor SL. Adverse reactions to food and drug additives. In: Adkinson NF Jr, ed. Middleton’s Allergy: Principles and Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2008:chap 66.
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