Treatment depends on the symptoms. Most, such as headache or flushing, need no treatment.
Life-threatening symptoms require immediate medical attention. They may be similar to any other severe allergic reaction and include:
- Chest pain
- Heart palpitations
- Shortness of breath
- Swelling of the throat
Most people recover from mild cases of Chinese restaurant syndrome without treatment and with no lasting problems.
People who have experienced life-threatening reactions need to be extremely cautious about what they eat and should always carry medication prescribed by their doctor for emergency treatment.
Calling Your Health Care Provider
If you experience any symptoms such as shortness of breath, heart palpitations, chest pain, or swelling of the lips or throat, go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
Chinese restaurant syndrome : Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Chinese restaurant syndrome : Symptoms & Signs, Diagnosis & Tests
Chinese restaurant syndrome : Treatment
Review Date : 11/16/2008
Reviewed By : Linda Vorvick, MD, Family Physician, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.