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Sulfite sensitivity symptoms
Posted by: Mfleury62
Date: July 25, 2013 3:30 AM

I clearly have developed a reaction to sulfites. My symptoms however are unusual. I do not experience asthma or a skin rash, but experience significant pain in my muscles and joints. If I ingest even a small amount, I feel achy all over, and my brain becomes foggy. A larger amount, such as a glass of wine can be fairly debilitating, and take a couple of days to feel normal again. I first realized that sulfites were a problem when I took an antibiotic containing sulfa, and was in so much pain that I went to the emergency room. The emergency room staff did not know what was causing the pain,but I figured it out when it happened a second time. I know that sulfa and sulfites are not supposed to be related, but I experience the same symptoms from both. Do you have any idea why this happens and if there is any treatment other than avoiding sulfites? Is my body lacking something that helps to break down sulfites?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at July 25, 2013 6:01 AM by Dr. Kennedy.

Re: Sulfite sensitivity symptoms
Posted by: drron
Date: July 25, 2013 6:01 AM

Sulfites are toxic and we survive them for two reasons: (1) low concentration and (2) sulfite oxidase (which detoxes sulfites). Even normal levels of sulfite oxidase can be overwhelmed by large doses of sulfites and if you are already producing low levels of sulfite oxidase you are going to have a problem with even small amounts of sulfites. Allergy to sulfa drugs would be a separate issue and there is no law against having both conditions. Avoidance is the only effective strategy of which I know in both cases.



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