Woman’s seizure blamed on her daily intake of liquorice and sweets
Doctors have advised a woman to quit consuming sweet treats, especially liquorice, which they believe had made her ill.
The woman attended the Emergency Department of St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin, suffering from headaches, high blood pressure, nausea, and vision problems.
While in the emergency room, the 56-year-old reported that she was seeing “zig-zag lines and vivid colours” and had a one minute seizure.
The Irish Journal of Medical Science reports that she told doctors she had been eating liquorice every day because it was on special offer in her local shop.
Doctors believe that a glycyrrhizic acid, a substance found in the sugary sweets, called could have been the cause of her headaches, weakness and impaired vision.
This is the only case where patient’s problems have been directly linked to liquorice consumption.
After taking their advice, the woman avoided eating liquorice and had returned to full health within three weeks.