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Salicylate sensitivity is a reaction that causes symptoms similar to those of an allergic reaction, but it is not a true allergy in the strict medical sense.

Salicylates can be found in a natural form (e.g. certain fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants) and in manufactured substances (e.g. solvents and perfume fixative). Salicylates are also found in certain medications that reduce inflammation and relieve pain, including aspirin and ibuprofen.

If you think you may have salicylate sensitivity, it is important that you discuss your concerns with your doctor.

For more information about salicylates, including lists of foods and products that may contain them, please refer to table.