Testing for a Salicylate Sensitivity
The only way to determine if you are salicylate sensitive is to reduce the level in your system and the only way of doing this is to eat food containing no salicylate or very low levels. Once the body has eliminated the stored salicylate it is then possible to reintroduce foods containing a higher level and to assess the extent of any reaction.
If you suspect that salicylate may be a problem for you and you are taking any medication containing aspirin or another form of salicylate DO NOT undertake the salicylate test.
Check ALL your medicines first. If in doubt ask your pharmacist. Ideally, all medications should also be additive (especially colour) free. If you are taking a salicylate medication then consult your doctor before even considering this test.
Please do take the above advise seriously. Aspirin, and other salicylate based drugs, contain a very concentrated form of salicylate. If you stop taking them, reduce the overall salicylate level in your system and then take one - you could be putting your life at risk. Death can result from anaphylactic shock.
As salicylate is cumulative in the body you need to lower your level over a period of at least two weeks. During this time you must be absolutely certain that you do not expose yourself to any high levels. Choose your fortnight with care as meals away from home will be difficult to deal with.
Full details of how to reduce your levels and test for a salicylate problem can be found in the Salicylate Handbook which includes a unique system for calculating the amount of salicylate being consumed at each meal allowing you to build up a clear picture of just how much you can and cannot tolerate.
More information on salicylate sensitivity can be found in the Salicylate Handbook.