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Salicylate sensitivity is the body's inability to handle more than a certain amount of salicylates at any one time. A salicylate sensitive person may have difficulty tolerating certain fruits, vegetables, or any products which contain aspirin.

Salicylates also occur naturally in many plants used as foods (e.g., strawberries, almonds, tomatoes). Methyl salicylate is the main component of wintergreen, sweet birch, gautheria, and betula oils; the compound is used in rubbing liniment to soothe muscular aches and as a flavouring. 

Sodium salicylate, traditionally used in the treatment of arthritis, is also used in dyes and as a nonedible preservative. They act as preservatives to delay rotting and as protectants against harmful bacteria and fungi. They are stored in the bark, leaves, roots, and seeds of plants. 

Symptoms of Intolerance
Salicylates sensitivity can manifest itself in many ways:

Anaphylaxis (rare)
Breathing difficulties
Changes in skin color
Itchy skin, rash, or hives
Itchy, watery, or swollen eyes
Lack of concentration or memory
Mouth ulcers or raw hot red rash around mouth
Nasal polyps
Persistent cough
Some cognitive and perceptual disorders
Stomach aches or upsets
Swelling of eyelids, face, and lips
Swelling of hands and feet
Urgency to pass water or bedwetting

Sources of Salicylates
Here is a list of products that may contain aspirin or salicylate compounds:
Acne products
Breath savers
Bubble baths
Fragrances and perfumes
Gums - mint flavored
Hair shampoos, conditioners, or sprays
Herbal remedies
Mouth washes
Muscle pain creams
Pain medications
Razors with aloe strips adjacent to the cutting edge
Shaving creams
Skin cleansers or exfoliants
Sun screens or tanning lotions
Supplements derived from rose hips or bioflavonoids
Topical creams
Wart or callus removers

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