i am suffering from urticaria for the last 6 months & i want to take Glutamine as a food supplement now. is it safe to consume glutamine while you have problem of urticaria.

(Last Updated: Apr 20, 2006)


Urticaria is termed as a dermatological condition and used in reference to chronic hives. There are many known and unknown causes for urticaria. Some of the underlying causes of urticaria could be a reaction to medication, certain food allergies or intolerance, bug bites or infection. The most common urticaria symptoms are the formation of red or white welts on the skin.

  • Itching and inflammation are also common urticaria symptoms.
  • In some severe cases of urticaria, an allergy could lead to difficulty in breathing.
  • Urticaria symptoms in certain cases could spell dizziness, fainting, shock or even fatalities due to a drop in blood pressure.
  • If you are already suffering from urticaria symptoms, the condition would worsen due to exposure to harsh sunlight, extreme heat or cold, pressure and so on.
  • Urticaria symptoms include the appearance of welts in clusters or batches. These welts could disappear and reappear periodically giving you the illusion of 'moving' welts.

Urticaria symptoms may often signify underlying medical conditions and call for a thorough diagnosis. If you have trouble breathing, swollen throat and dizziness or if the hives are not responding to medication, you must consult a doctor immediately.

You may also be prescribed oral anti histamines since urticaria may be an allergic reaction in some people.

Glutamine occurs naturally in the human body as glutamine or glutamic acid. Most of our skeletal tissue is glutamine. Some of the glutamine uses are:

  • Cerebral function.
  • It repairs and rebuilds muscular tissue.
  • Conversion of glutamine into glucose reduces sugar craving. Glutamine supplements are often prescribed for weight loss.
  • It reduces alcohol craving.
  • It enhances the function of the immune system.
  • It keeps our body's acid alkaline levels in balance.

These are some of well-documented glutamine uses occurring naturally in our body. On the other hand, several studies have also revealed that MSG or mono sodium glutamate can cause allergic reactions in some people. MSG, commonly found in Chinese take-out food, can cause an allergic reaction or hives.

Naturally occurring glutamine has several benefits. However, if you are already suffering from urticaria there is a chance that you may respond unfavorably to a glutamine dose as a supplement. It is best to seek medical advice on the use and prescription of glutamine supplements and strictly follow the glutamine dose as per medical instructions.

answered by G M

There is not enough evidence to prove that taking glutamine supplements are beneficial for urticaria. Hives or urticaria is an allergic reaction in the skin and a La Jolla, California based research concluded with 95% confidence that MSG (mono sodium glutamate) exacerbated chronic idiopathic urticaria. Hence, I would not advice you to take any glutamine supplements as it could worsen your condition rather than improve it.

answered by P P


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