Just diagnosed with a sulphite allergy, and I need HELP!!!!! PLEASE

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   Posted 9/13/2009 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
after being insanly itchy for 3 years and taking reactin everyday, my allergist is finally confident I am allergic to sulphates!
Before last week I have never even heard of this,and as I try to find any and all info out I am realising that its not all that easy!
I have been keeping a food journal and am being extremly careful and yet I am still finding myself itchy! I am frustrated! I am not supposed to take Reactin while I am trying to find ut what works and what dosnt, but I am having to at least take Benadryl because Its driving me NUTS!!!!!
With all that said this is only day 3, so does it take more time to get out of my system? I know forsure I had a reaction to coffee yesturday. So how long should that last? I am REALLY itchy all day today. Or did I eat something else that isnt working for me?
Yesturday I ate:
Oatmeal with milk and a banana
organic coffee w/ milk and honey (itchy 20 min later but seemed to get a bit better)
small peice of pork and ww pasta with fresh spinach and fresh garlic
Tea (red rose) w/honey
natural peanut butter and a piece of marble cheese
stuffed peppers with ground beef, onion, celery, brown rice, and carrots. I also put some pure V8 juice in with this
Loose tea (this did have orange peel in it)
same loose tea
stuffed pepper
cottage cheese
honey on a light rye wasa cracker
Tea(tetley) with honey
I am super itchy today and frustrated! I am following the plan my Dr. gave me, unless im missing something here???
Also If any of you suffer from this, what do you eat? I need meal/snack ideas...
I would GREATLY appretiate any and all feed back I can get.  

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   Posted 9/14/2009 6:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, welcome to Healingwell :) Sulfite allergies are the worse thing to have in my opinion. Because it is in almost everything! Here is a link that may be of help to you:

I do not have this allergy but hopefully someone will come along soon to help you more.
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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 9/14/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi thanks for the info, I had come across this article the other day.

I just really need more specific info and detailes...I too hope someone ones across this that can shed some light!

Have a great day


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   Posted 10/3/2009 12:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have sulfite sensitivity. Here is some info that I have found helpful:


Also, the Sulfite Oxidase enzyme requires molybdenum, vitamin B12, iron, zinc, and magnesium to function correctly. Correcting a deficiency of these nutrients may reduce sensitivity to sulfites. Additionally, it is known that Vitamin B12 binds to sulfites and makes it much easier to eliminate them from the body. If you know you are having a sulfite reaction, take a large dose of Vitamin B12 (i.e, 1500-5000mcg). Benadryl also is helpful for reactions to sulfites.

Other nutrients and/or herbs may help compensate for additional issues with sulfite processing in the liver. Sulfite Oxidase is part of what is called the Methylation Cycle. For more details about this cycle, check out the following:


The test for methylation cycle genetic variants is less expensive from Dr. Amy Yasko's site:

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Good luck,
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   Posted 5/28/2012 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I was just reading the list of some of the foods you have been eating and a number of them contain sulphites! Both coffee and tea both contain sulphites and honey has one of the highest concentrations of sulphites. Some foods produce sulphites naturally and others have them added to them to keep them fresh and mould free etc. I have had hives ( urticaria) for nearly eight weeks. I first noticed my lips tingling after eating fresh apples ( I used to get this as a teenager) I did not think too much about it. The following day, I had a small patch of hives on my stomach but more appeared over the folllowing days. I went to the hair dresser after this and had my hair coloured and highlighted. I did note that the colourant that was touching my forehead made it very itchy ( most hair colour and shampoos also have sulphitesin them) At this stage, i did not know that I had a sulphite allergy! I also have adrenal fatigue ( stress related) which means my cortisol levels are much lower than normal. ( cortisol is the hormone that "puts the fire out" so to speak, when it comes to allergies in your body) Over the weeks, I had apricots and prunes (dried) in a tagine I made which also had coriander seeds and cinnamon quills in it ( all have sulphites in them) It was not until I had been very sick ( with a reaction to an antihistamine) and had a weekend with very little food ( only plain things like scrambled eggs) I went out to a cafe' and had a date scone. Within 5 minutes of eating it, i had dreadful itching and welts, so put it down to the dates.
If you Google what foods have sulphites in them, or similar, you can find a list of a big number of foods and beverages, sauces and condiments etc which you will find helpful.

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   Posted 5/28/2012 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
My favorite site:
Not copied from others, as most others are.
The dates you ate could have been sulfited to preserve them.  Most dried fruits are preserved that way.  Dried Cranberries are clean.
Most sweeteners have sulfites to some degree.  Those with dextrose as bulking agents are the worst.  Honey is not preserved.  People with severe sulfite sensitivity can eat it.
Most fresh fruits are clean, except grapes.
Some veggies, notably the onion family, have natural sulfite.  Beef and pork have natural sulfite.  Fish and especially shrimp are regularly sulfited right out on the boats to prevent black spot, mold.
Your menu:
You ate sulfites in the beef, pork, cheese, garlic, onion, and possibly the cracker.  If the Benadryl was liquid or liquigel, it was sulfited too.  Tablets are clean.
I stick pretty much to chicken, fish, salads, veggies and fruits.
Shampoos have sulfAtes.  Some people have sensitivity to all sorts of shampoo ingredients.  http://www.housemouse.com/sulfites.htm  I'm not so sure about her vit. B cure, but her story is worth reading.

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Date Joined Oct 2012
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   Posted 6/20/2013 5:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I was unaware that beef contained sulphites
also fish if it has been stored in commercial
ice could well be sulphites, due sulphite in ice.

sulphite dangers
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   Posted 6/20/2013 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   

hope this helps

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   Posted 6/21/2013 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
about honey & sulfites:

Cheap honey may be as much as 50% corn syrup, which is heavily sulfited. So to avoid the sulfites in honey, get honey from a beekeeper.

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   Posted 4/28/2015 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I am here to inform those that read these that you must read labels. Almost all medication, over and prescription, contain sulphites. If the non-medicinal ingredients say cellulose, that is a sulphite. You need to find pasta that does not contain sulphites, not many around, and watch what juice you buy, straight Ocean spray cranberry or white grapefruit should be ok. The cottage cheese is a nono and maybe the marble cheese. I am not a doctor but I have a friend that is severely allergic to sulphites so we have done a lot of research. Don't bother to carry an epi pen as it is sulphited as are the hospital IVs. Watch the loose tea too and yes , bee keeper honey is better. Shy away from vinegar and molasses as well as red#40.

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   Posted 4/29/2015 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum.

I hope you will read the hundreds of posts with links and scientific information. A lot of what you know is correct. Fortunately not everyone is sensitive to sulfites.

If you have this sensitivity, I hope you will post your own "New Topic." This thread is from 2009, and not many people will read it.

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   Posted 7/28/2018 5:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I suggest you cutout the banana from your diet. I have suffered for the past 14 years and have just found out the cause. I am wheat intolerant and sulphite intolerant. Provided I avoid any food or drink containing these I am ok unless I eat a banana or anything with banana in it. Worth trying. Please let me know if it does make a difference for you.
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