Rice allergy is an uncommon food allergy where the body's immune system reacts to proteins found in rice. Although less prevalent than other food allergies, it can cause various symptoms in sensitive individuals. Rice allergy can affect both children and adults and may be triggered by both white and brown rice.


What are symptoms of rice allergy?

  • Skin reactions such as hives or eczema
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, throat, or face
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain
  • Respiratory issues like wheezing, coughing, or nasal congestion
  • Anaphylaxis in severe cases, though rare

What foods cross-react with rice allergy?

Cross-reactivity with other foods in rice allergy is relatively rare. However, individuals with multiple food allergies may also have sensitivities to:

  • Other grains, although this is not common.
  • Foods with similar proteins, but specific cross-reactive foods for rice allergy are not well-established.

When should I consider getting a rice allergy test?

  • If you experience symptoms suggestive of an allergic reaction after consuming rice or rice-based products.
  • If you have multiple food allergies and suspect an adverse reaction to rice.
  • In children, especially when introducing solid foods, if there’s a family history of food allergies.

How do I reduce my rice allergy symptoms?

  • Avoid all forms of rice and rice-containing products.
  • Carefully read labels on processed foods, as rice is commonly used in gluten-free products and as a food additive.
  • Be cautious when eating out, particularly with Asian cuisine, which often contains rice.
  • For mild symptoms, over-the-counter antihistamines may help alleviate discomfort.
  • Always carry an epinephrine auto-injector if there’s a risk of severe reactions and you have been prescribed one.
  • Consult with an allergist for accurate diagnosis and advice on dietary management.

Test(s) that measure/test for Rice

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