Onions make me sick...help me tell people about it!
February 6, 2009 7:52 AM Subscribe
Not allergic to onions, but they make me feel sick. This is causing some problems that I'm not sure how to solve.
posted by anonymous to human relations (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I was diagnosed with IBS years ago and since then I've identified a handful of foods that really upset my stomach. Onions are one of them. I have diarrhea, gas, and cramping after eating them. I've become quite skillful at avoiding them in restaurants and eating around them, but in some cases I can't because they are mixed into the food too throughly. I seem to be find with foods cooked with onions as long as I don't eat the onions themselves. I happily eat garlic.
I'm not sure how to bring it up with people. I sometimes attend charity banquets and list onions as a food I don't eat, which causes a lot of problems because they treat me like I'm allergic and that means no bullion etc. I'm not sure how to express that I can have things that have onion residues, but not onions themselves.
And with my friends it's quite difficult because I really don't want to go into details about the effects onions have on me and I don't want to seem like a picky prima donna. It's not like I have something like a peanut allergy or celiac disease where any contact with the offending food can cause serious illness or death. Lately I've simply eaten onions and had to leave social functions abruptly when the effects started.
How can I express my condition without being gross or seeming difficult? Bonus question: is there any way to get rid of this condition?