Hello there. I cannot tell you how happy I am to have found this forum. I have read the first 5 pages or so of this sulfite thread, and then I zoomed to the last one to make sure that the thread is still current. Hurrah! It is!
I am a severe asthmatic and have many allergies including food allergies. about
5 years ago I began to suspect that I had sulfite sensitivity as well. After calling every allergist in the city I finally found only one who had knowledge of the problem. After going to him he confirmed that I had a problem with sulfite, but did not want to do the test to determine intolerance because my asthma is so severe and he did not want to risk making it worse.
I must say that after reading your posts I feel validated. I had suspected that everything ~ even the filtered water that I drink ~ was causing problems to a lesser or greater degree. I also suspected the tea I was drinking, chocolate ~ all of the things that I am finding mentioned here.
The most distressing manifestation of the problem is a horrible facial rash. It was so bad at one point I didn't leave my house for 6 months ~ thankfully I am retired from work.
Because massive doses of benedryl and zyrtec seems to help me, I suspect from your posts that I have an actual allergy to sulfites. I was told that it is not an allergy, but an intolerance... but I questioned that when I was told, and now from your posts I think the physician may have been mistaken.
I am also allergic to sulpha drugs, and foods high in sulfur seem to bother me. Many things which I have read say that there is no connection between these three problems, but I really question that....
It is so very difficult to find things to eat, because in addition to the sulfite problem I am also allergic to apples, pears, cherries, strawberries, bananas (caused anaphylaxis many years ago), grapes, peaches, tree nuts, legumes (peanuts, soy, beans, peas), tomatoes, onions, garlic and hops. And now I find that I must also avoid cheese and eggs ~ I found this site because I had a reaction and all that I had eaten for two days was cheese!
I also have avoided processed meats, and most processed food.
I long ago eliminated any foods with vinegar, which means no condiments or salad dressings, nothing pickled... and no breads or pastries.
I also get the itching throat, asthma, gastric reflux, rapid heartbeat. I had suspected that some of my asthma meds were making me ill too, and it seems from what I have read here that I may be correct. My inhaler makes my throat itch now... it didn't before, but they have changed the propellant...
Thank you so much for being here. At the very least I have some place to come and commiserate, and I have already learned a lot and am now able to feel less paranoid about
thinking that nearly everything is making me ill. Thank you, Thank you!
Post Edited (Steffanie) : 12/23/2012 4:03:18 PM (GMT-7)