Your browser does not support javascript:   Search for gard hereSearch for news-and-events here.


Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Print friendly version


Other Names for this Disease
  • Mitchell disease (formerly)
  • Primary erythermalgia
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.

Your Question

My daughter and grandchildren have erythromelalgia. I have noticed that the frequency and intensity of their flare-ups increases when they eat pre-packaged and manufactured foods. I have also noticed that when I cook from scratch my grandchildren are flare-up free for longer periods of time. Is there any funding out there to help me start some research on the effects of cooking naturally for children with this condition?

Our Answer

We have identified the following information that we hope you find helpful. If you still have questions, please contact us.

Can certain foods cause flare-ups of erythromelalgia?

Yes, certain foods can trigger a flare-up in some people with erythromelalgia. Alcohol as well as spicy foods, such as chili peppers and garlic, have been known trigger a flare-up of this condition.[1] Keeping a food diary may help identify which foods can cause the symptoms of erythromelalgia. You may want to contact the Erythromelalgia Association for more information on foods that have been reported to cause flare-ups.
Last updated: 3/16/2009

Is there any funding to help me start research on the effects of cooking naturally for children with erythromelalgia?

The Erythromelalgia Association funds research projects into the causes and treatments of erythromelalgia. Contact this organization to learn more about the research they support and how to initiate additional research on this condition.

Erythromelalgia Association
200 Old Castle Lane
Wallingford, PA 19086
Phone: 610-566-0797
Web site:
Last updated: 3/16/2009