100 patients (53 women, 47 men) suffering from recurrent urticaria were tested with different food additives such as 8 dye additives, 7 preservatives and 7 antiphlogistica. In total did 62 patients react with urticaria and/or angio-oedema. 39 patients had reactions to two or more substances while 23 patients reacted to only one substance. Reactions were induced most frequently by aspirin (27/80), dextropropoxyphene (11/45) and the azo dyes tartrazin (20/96) and sunset yellow (13/86). Asthmatic symptoms occurred in 3 and purpura in 2 patients. 13 patients out of 100 reported of immediate reactions to different foods.

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