ALLERGIC TO GLYCERIN??????GLYCERIN CHALLENGE TEST

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Psyclops
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   Posted 10/5/2012 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, life long sufferer of glycerin allergy. Over the years my allergy has become more severe, but it started with soaps and then progressed. I can't even eat food if it contains the smallest amount. Due to this allergy and a multitude of other food allergies I have almost completely stopped eating packaged foods. It's a pain but I cook all of my own meals. That's the safest way to insure that you wont poison yourself.
Speaking of, avoid potlucks and buffets. Or food offered by friends. They aren't trying to killing you, but they could.

Always read the label on everything and I mean everything. If you think that just because you've been using a product your whole life, you don't need to check the label, it could just be that you haven't had a reaction.
Example: Most brands of Worchestershire sauce contain anchovies, but when I got my fish allergy I checked everything in the fridge and the off brand I had didn't contain them, but the next brand I bought did.

So that's another thing to watch out for, cheaper products will sometimes omit preservatives like glycerin, and the more expensive items are usually filled with it. And ingredients can change by brand, so don't completely disregard a favorite food if you've only checked one brand.

And since you're new to looking for glycerin on labels here are a few of the derivatives you should watch out for: Mono- and Diglycerides, glycerin, glycerine, glycerol, glyceryl, polyglycerol esters of fat, triglycerides, E442 (As a food additive)

Questions to ask youself when shopping: Is it baked? Does it contain chocolate or vanilla? Is this a product you refrigerate only after opening? (ex: velveta) If so, these products are probably loaded up with glycerin.
You'll have trouble finding bread, so check bakeries in the area to see if any of them are preservative free.

Do not use laxitives or stool softeners ever. Those are like pure glycerin. As for other drugs, avoid capsules, liquid cold medicine, suppositories, ear infection remedies, most eye drops, and some lozenges. Check with your doctor before getting anesthesia. And for all medication worries use Rxlist.com. You can check the ingredients for just about any drug.
And considering glycerin is a common pill coating, you need to.

E-cigarettes contain glycerin, and can be released through second-hand "smoke" by others using the E-cig. Regular cigarettes also contain glycerin to hold the tobacco together and prevent clumping, and also in the filters.

Beauty products: If it says moisturizing, that's usually a sign that its gonna contain glycerin, but not always. I stick to bare minerals makeup. And I usually only use things that can brush on, I never use liquid foundations or liquid eyeliner. Most pencil makeups are safe. And eyeshadow is usually ok. Lipstick and mascara are harder to find. I suggest using the cheaper product theory here and buying dollar store mascara. The cheaper made, the less likelihood of preservatives.
Personally for toothpaste I use baking soda, but I'm sure you can find a toothpaste with a better flavor out there, but most stores don't carry them.
In the event that anyone needs to find a safe lubricant to use, Ky Intrigue silcone lube is a good product. Most water and all oil based lubes contain glycerin.

As for shampoo which seems to be the question on everyones mind, I use a shampoo bar from Lush (http://www.lushusa.com/). Request a lush catalog from the website, they have great vegan products, which is sometimes the best way to get glycerin free products. And the catalog contains an ingredient list next to items. But if you really wanna be sure, ask for help from someone on the website.

Sadly, you can't get a tattoo. If you have one, you may have to have it removed. To the best of my knowledge and research, I haven't been able to find a tattoo ink that I can use. Even vegan. Because they are just made with synthetic or vegetable glycerin.

Candles: I have a pretty good detector to see if I can or cannot be around a specific candle. Before lighting it, I sniff it and wait a few seconds, and if it contains glycerin, my nose starts to itch. This works with lotions too.

And my last bit of advice is find a local health food store. You can find allergy friendly food, and perhaps get some tips from an employee. That was how I found egg / nut/ dairy free cookies.

I hope this helps.

Post Edited (Psyclops) : 10/5/2012 7:12:05 AM (GMT-6)


Psyclops
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   Posted 10/5/2012 7:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Trsora1 said...
razzle i posted my email address now please email me. Well they ordered a bottle of it from a pharmacutical company. It had to be special ordered. It was 99.50% pure glycerin. Not vegtable or anything like that just pure glycerin the bottle said. I will ask dr when she calls me back if im allergic to vegtable glycerin. But that is what happened the first time she thought it was a perservative in the glycerin food allergy test kit we did. So that is why she just ordered pure glycerin to see. No one i know if familiar with it.


You got lucky. My dad uses pure glycerin and witch hazel as a home remedy for razor burn and the first time I shaved my legs, he poured glycerin right into those little cuts for me and I started screaming bloody murder. Evidently, glycerin isn't something that should burn you. Previously we just knew it was certain soaps I had problems with. Worst allergy test ever!!

P.S. I know that I can use Soft Soap antibacterial hand wash without a problem.

Psyclops
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   Posted 10/5/2012 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Danae said...
I found Glycerol in Special K fruit crisps (strawberry). I'm allergic to artificial sweeteners and since I've been eating the Special K fruit crisps, I've had real bad headaches and an upset stomach. I get the same reaction when I ingest artificial sweeteners. I decided to take a closer look at the ingredients in Special K fruit crisps and found Glycerol. I know Glycerol isn't an artificial sweetener, but apparently it effects me the same way that artificial sweeteners do.



Glycerin is an artificial sweetener. It's only 60% as sweet as sugar, but since it also acts as a preservative most packaged food uses it.

Froggin
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   Posted 1/4/2013 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I am allergic to glycerin also. It wasn't the preservatives, even though I am allergic to them. They couldn't neutralize any amount of glycerin where I wasn't having bad chest pain and trouble breathing. Click on my profile, email me.

Wendy2012
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   Posted 1/7/2013 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope that I am not to late to post this. I am allergic to glycerine also. It is very dangerous. You can try Vo5 shampoo, and Suave. Sty away from skim milk, and all low fat foods. They use glycerine for fillers.

healthjunkie
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   Posted 6/24/2013 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys I know it can really be difficult finding the right skincare products! I have a blog where I talk about soy free, gluten free and glycerine free skincare products. I really hope the post can help some of you out! We all need to stick together!

http://soyandglutenfreebeauty.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/soy-free-gluten-free-and-glycerine-free-skincare-products/

hideandseek
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   Posted 8/1/2013 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
 Yes, glycerin is rare as a allergy.  Glycerin is present in all medicines, prescription and over the counter.  It is used as a preserveative in medicines.

welrred
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   Posted 12/11/2013 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I, too, am allergic to glycerin. It is a derivative of guaifenisen (glyceryl guaiacolate). I found out when I had bronchitis many years ago and was taking Robitussin. So be very careful when needing a cough medicine! Hair and cosmetic products are the most difficult, but easier now with so many natural and organic products out there. Dr. Hauschka has Rose Day Creme moisturizer I can use. Mineral base foundations are usually safe, too. Mychelle has a creme base foundation that is glycerin free.

RondaJM
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   Posted 2/16/2014 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for the valuable info. I just recently had a very severe reaction to glycerin. I Had no idea i should be so concerned about it. Now some things ate starting to make sense to me. I started getting asthma/allergies at age 13, right about the same time I started drinking diet pop which sounds like contains some form of glycerin. I am going to try to start weeding this substance out of my diet, lotions, cleaning products, etc. and see if I have some health improvements. It sure would be nice but seems like a pretty good challenge! Thanks again for all the tips. I will be watching for any more hints that are offered.

Jackiemcbride
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   Posted 10/22/2014 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a glycerin "sensitivity" too. I've found that Caress bar soap, Ion clarifying shampoo and Arm and Hammer toothpaste are products I can use without issue. I'm still looking for a dish soap and lotion that I can use. Any suggestions?

Otaka
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   Posted 11/16/2014 3:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had too deal with my glycerin allergy for a long time unfortunately my allergy has a 2 fold reaction not only is my immune system massively suppressed but it also causes intoxication in low doses and in larger doses comatose state to death. I have read the statements of you all who have the allergy and i feel your pain looking at the foods you can't eat anymore and the countless times staring through the tiny lettering on the back of foods. It's Freaking BULL then there is the explanations about your allergy to friends when your out for a bite at a McDys "what do you mean you get drunk on burgers can i see it?" Its no joke it sucks and i'm sick of dealing with it on my own i've learned alot but i have yet too find a way to suppress or reduce the reaction if any of you have found a new treatment that doesn't involve drops of the stuff tried that one and slept for 2 days straight i would appreciate it and i'd be glad to answer any questions my fellow glycerin suffers have the best shampoo and body wash i've found is dove none in it and you won't come out smelling of sandal wood.

metoo
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   Posted 7/13/2015 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I am also allergic to glycerin. I am looking for vitamins that have no glycerin but most are the gel-caps and they all have glycerin. I have found some gummy vitamins that don't have it listed, But I have come not to believe most of them. Glycerin in a natural substance so I found that they don't have to list it on the ingredient. Where can you find good vitamins that are glycerin free??

Alcie
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   Posted 7/14/2015 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum. It would be nice if you would start your own thread - use the "Post New Topic" button - so more people will see what you are asking about. I'd use a title like looking for glycerin-free vitamins.

You might check out the small vitamin tablets. Most people don't really need the horse pills that are advertised all the time. I don't tolerate biotin, and I can't swallow big pills, so I use the cheap little ones. I have to add lutein, but that is a glycerin-covered one too.

Also look into liquid vitamins. Most taste awful though.

Babystang
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   Posted 1/8/2016 5:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I am so glad that I am not alone in being allergic to Glycerin. I just came across this great website where she lists the derivative of Glycerin as well so you know what to look out for. Also she lists products that do not contain the Glycerin nor derivatives.

http://arianek.com/glycerin-free-personal-care-products-are-available-canada idea

As far as facial moisturizer I still cannot located any that is free of Glycerin.

I found a facial wash by BAREMINERALS called Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil nono but sadly I'm allergic to it. I just figured out based on the website I mentioned that the last ingredient: Phenoxyethanol is Glycerin. So I will be returning it to Ulta tomorrow.

Someone also told me for foundation CK 100 porcelain 3 in 1. nono Again sadly it has Glycerin in it and yep I had a reaction!

I found that I can use Rembrandt toothpaste without a problem. This is also fantastic if, like me, you develop canker sores in your mouth from other toothpaste's due to being allergic to them.

Hope this helps someone!

dubwise
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   Posted 1/19/2016 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Babystang said...
As far as facial moisturizer I still cannot locate any that is free of Glycerin.


I use one that is glycerin free. Search for "Unicorn" Aqueous + Vitamin E cream. Comes in a big white tub.

momisj
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   Posted 5/23/2017 4:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I started oral antigen drops for allergies in September and by late fall started to be plagued with episodes of chest congestion and asthma. I am severely sulfite sensitive and supplements that a nutritionist or health practitioner would give me with glycerin would always cause weight gain. After being very ill with a respiratory infection, slow weight gain and asthma I reviewed all the health information I have gleaned over the years and the only thing I questioned was I didn't know what was in the antigen drops. When I called they told me glycerin. That makes sense as to all the asthma symptoms, congestion, etc. Sulfites are used as a processing agent to make glycerin and cause swelling of tissues. They gave me a trial bottle with only distilled water but I got a massive headache from that and don't know why. I got so sick I have to wait a while before I give it a second try. I found it hard to imagine that the doctor's office didn't have glycerin on the label.
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