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Michael In NY
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   Posted 10/12/2012 4:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I was invited for afternoon drinks in early September at a friends home.  I usually drink vodka with seltzer but host didn't have seltzer and suggested vodka with tonic water and lime (bottled).  It was very good. The next day, I purchased bottled lime and tonic water (has quinine) and had evening cocktails of vodka & tonic with lime juice. A few days later, I broke out in a rash on arms and upper legs.  Thinking it was the quinine in tonic water, I stopped drinking tonic water but continued with the lime juice.  I just have a one or two mild drinks before dinner but was also adding the lime juice to refrigerated botttled water and even adding it to foods.  In summary, I was using a lot bottled lime juice.  Yesterday, I spoke with a friend who uses lots of fresh limes, never bottled and suggested I look at the ingredients on the bottle.  Contains sodium benzoate and sodium metabisulfite.  I did a search and the highest amounts of sulfites (over 100 PPM) is in wine, bottled lemon & lime juice, grape juices and sauerkraut.  I was so glad she called since I was getting ready to look for a Dermatologist.  I've stopped drinking the bottle lime juice and hoping this skin condition disappears.  I can't think of anything else except the lime juice that has caused this annoying skin condition.  I don't have any other issues except the skin problem.  Would a sulfite allergy cause other issues other than skin problem?  Someone mentioned that skin problems can also be a result of an under active thyroid.  Again, I'm fortunate its not itchy.  The skin is very red looking like a sun burn.  Any thoughts?  Thanks.   

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   Posted 10/12/2012 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Allergic reactions can be confusing because not everyone reacts the same, but the most common symptom is a rash. For instance, straight up sulfa causes me to get welts, but if its in other things it gives me major intestinal grief, but no rash. I have an intolerance of sulfites and it causes me to get anywhere from migraines to diarrhea. So it's best to avoid things that you suspect you are allergic to. If it continues when ingesting other things with sulfites, you should see a doctor and see if they tell you just how sensitive you are. In the meantime if the rash is bothering you, you can use oral Benedryl or a Benedryl cream.
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   Posted 10/12/2012 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Ditto Sherry's reply.

Frozen lemon and lime juices, in the frozen juice section of the grocery store, aren't sulfited.
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