Why does cinnamon make my mouth numb?

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  1. Michael Varacin

    Michael Varacin Stunt Coordinator

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    I've noticed that after I eat a few pieces of cinnamon gum over the period of a day, or brush with cinnamon tooth paste for a few days, the tip of my tongue goes numb. The feeling lasts for about 2 days or so. What gives?
     
  2. Mark Shannon

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    That kind of happens to me, but not to the extent that you're tlaking about. Maybe the cinammon is just too strong for your toungue and it ends up burning. You could even be allergic to cinammon.
     
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    My wife can't each certain fruits raw because they make her tongue and lips numb. I think it's called a contact reaction.
     
  4. Michael Varacin

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    If its an allergic reaction, it will be the ONLY thing I've ever been allergic to. Imagine that - no allergies accept cinnamon. That's funny.
     

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