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A 32-year-old member asked:

had my first chinese food about 30 minutes ago. now my nose is runny, my chest hurts and my head feels like it's gonna explode. is this normal?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Klein
Cardiology 17 years experience
No: This is not a normal reaction to eating anything. You may be having an allergic reaction to something in the food. To be safe, get checked out right away.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Monosodium glutamate: Read up on "Chinese restaurant syndrome". The good ones don't use monosidum glutamate, but many do and this may be what you're reacting to.

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