natural sulfite allergy treatment

Best Natural Sulfite Allergy Treatments

In Environmental Allergies, Natural Allergy Supplements by Anthony46 Comments

Sulfites are used as preservatives that help some food products maintain their color and freshness. They are actually much more common in the food and drinks that you consume than you think. Sulfites have been added to wines for thousands of years to preserve its bold taste and rich red color. However, these chemicals have not been tested fully for safety in health.  Some people’s immune system reacts aggressively to these chemicals and produces an allergic reaction. This allergy can be very subtle and unnoticeable while being very hard to avoid. Here is a natural sulfite allergy treatment that can help improve your general health and well-being.

natural sulfite allergy and sensitivity treatment

What are Sulfites?

These diverse chemical compounds are mainly used to preserve foods and beverages for their aesthetic quality. They usually aren’t added to protect the food from pathogens, but they are added to protect the product from aging and the environment.

Sulfites are sulfur-based preservatives that are used to enhance the visual appearance of foods. For instance, they are used on shrimp and lobster to make sure that it keeps its white-red color rather than turning black and brown over time. The sulfites help maintain a delectable light pink color of the meat that looks delicious to seafood lovers.

The mechanism of action for sulfites is the chemical property that sulfur has to kill microorganisms and act as an antioxidant. (1)

Naturally, some foods will degrade over time and with exposure to oxygen. In the case of wine, this beverage will naturally lose its bright color and aroma over time. Without sulfites, wine would still be the same taste and quality as long as it is bottled and separated from oxygen. However, the wine will turn a visually disgusting brown-red color that doesn’t look appetizing to consumers. Nobody will be enticed to purchase it.

That’s why winemakers add sulfites to all their bottles.

Miscellanious Uses for Sulfites

Sulfites are also used in medications to help maintain their potency over time. They are the go-to preservatives used in pharmaceuticals because they have been proven to be least likely to cause health problems in people that consume them. This may be true, but some people react to them harshly and cause an immune reaction that may lead to chronic inflammation if consumed on a regular basis, which is very likely. (2)

On top of all this, sulfites are also used to bleach food starches, sugars, flours, and table salt. They can also be used on surfaces to prevent rust. Many food packaging companies that sell pre-cooked foods add sulfites to the water that they use to boil the food, notably vegetables, before they package it.

“Salad Bar Syndrome”

Sulfites are potentially toxic and harmful substances even in people that aren’t allergic or sensitive to them. They have been proven to cause nausea and diarrhea in large amounts. (3)

A phenomenon starting in the 1980’s known as “salad bar syndrome” particularly blames the excessive use of sulfites on the vegetables to preserve them in the presence of oxygen for a long period of time. Since food sits out at salad bars often for days at a time, the vegetables were drenched in sulfites to prevent browning and infection by pathogens.

Many people started to complain of severe symptoms from swelling, lung problems, and bowel issues to headaches and nervous system disorders during the time when salad bars started to become popular. The correlation between eating a salad bar and developing these symptoms was quickly made and then researchers started to examine the effects of sulfites on the body. (4)

Sources of Sulfites

Drinks: Cordials, some fruit juice, beer and wine, soft drinks, instant tea

Misc Drinks: Commercial lemon and lime juice, vinegar, grape juice

Commercial food: Dried potatoes, gravies, sauces, fruit toppings, cherries, pickled onions, maple syrup, jams, jelly, some biscuits and breads, pie, pizza dough

Fruit: Dried apricot, dried grapes, any dried or preserved fruit, coconut

Salads: Restaurants may add sulfites to vegetables to preserve color

Seafood: Sulfur powder often added to shellfish to preserve the meat’s color

Meat: Sulfites sometimes added to sausage meat, but this is illegal almost everywhere.

Other: gelatin

Topical Medication: Some eye drops and skin creams

Injectable medication: Epinephrine, isoprenaline, phenylephrine, some corticosteroids, dopamine, dental anaesthetics, some antibiotics

sulfites sources chart

Research on Adverse Reactions to Sulfites

In the United States, more than 350 cases of severe immune reactions to sulfites have been reported. This includes anaphylactic shock, asthma attacks, urticaria, angioedema, nausea, diarrhea, seizures, and death. Six deaths have been associated with an overdose of sulfites preservatives.

Once consumed, sulfites will be immediately processed by your body because it is absorbed quickly into the blood stream.  If you are sulfite allergic or sensitive, you will know that you consumed them within a few minutes because your body will start to react. (5)

Sulfites can trigger an immune response that triggers an IgE-mediated mechanism, which is associated with immediate inflammation that tries to rid the harmful particle from the body as quickly as possible. This reaction can be fatal, though.

Studies on adverse reactions to sulfites have recently determined that sulfites are not safe preservatives. Health organizations now strongly urge companies to use alternatives to sulfating agents. Citric acid one to two percent can prevent browning of vegetables almost as efficiently as sulfites. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is also effective and can extend shelf life of produce by up to 7 days. These natural alternatives can be considered to be advantageous to health because they are nutrients that can be used by the body and don’t trigger immune reactions. (6)

Sulfite Allergy Symptoms

For the past twenty years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States has started to require winemakers to display the warning “contains sulfites” if the levels exceed the threshold for acceptable and healthy amounts of sulfites. Many companies voluntarily add this warning to the label of their products as well.

Sulfite allergy symptoms that some people can develop after exposure include:

  • Severe headache and migraine
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the lips and mouth
  • Wheezing and trouble breathing
  • Asthma attacks
  • Anaphylaxis

These reactions are very dangerous. If you have determined that you have a sulfite allergy, it is very important to avoid sulfites whatever it takes.

Sulfite Sensitivity Symptoms

Aside from being fully allergic to sulfites, your body may produce mild inflammation that is not fatal. Although, these symptoms can impact your physical well-being dramatically and you should definitely try to avoid sulfites as well.

Symptoms of sulfite sensitivity in certain individuals can include:

  • Itching skin or rash
  • Hay fever symptoms
  • Worsening of asthma
  • Swelling lips or throat

Recognize Sulfites on Ingredient Labels

If you think that you are sensitive to sulfites, check for these ingredients on food labels so that you can avoid them.  The closer that these ingredients are to the front of the list indicates how much of it is in the product. If it is the last ingredients, there will likely be smaller amounts of it in comparison to the others.

  • 220: Sulphur dioxide
  • 221: Sodium sulfite
  • 222: Sodium bisulfite
  • 223: Sodium metabisulfite
  • 224: Potassium metabisulfite
  • 226: Calcium sulphite
  • 227: Calcium bisulfite
  • 228: Potassium bisulfite

Natural Sulfite Allergy Treatments

  1. Quercetin

Quercetin is a natural flavonoid that is used for its anti-histamine properties. It is excellent for naturally treating all kinds of allergies and sensitivities. It has been proven safe to consume and won’t cause any undesired side effects. This would make quercetin a great sulfite allergy treatment.

Check out this one here, which is the best one that I’ve found. It eliminates and prevents the symptoms while providing a clean boost of energy and mental clarity. It also includes Bromelain, an enzyme that helps with allergies by breaking down histamine, leukotrienes and prostaglandins that promote inflammation when you are exposed to allergens. Stuff works way better than an OTC that masks the symptoms with more symptoms.

 

Organic quercetin and bromelain antihistamine

The best quercetin supplement that I’ve tried. It includes bromelain, an allergy enzyme.

 

  1. Organic MSM Crystals

I used to have sulfite sensitivity, but after supplementing with these organic MSM crystals, my food intolerances simply went away along with my seasonal allergies.

MSM provides a simple, instant cure for sulfur deficiency, an extremely common problem that is getting worse each day due to our poor soils. I recommend that everyone consider it for themselves and their family because I felt incredible after just one dose. I have read extensively about how our soils are deficient in sulfur because we overprocess fertile soils. Maybe this is why people are getting so worn down and child allergies are so common.

I wrote more about how common sulfur deficiency is here.

  1. Probiotics

One of the most recommended ways to treat and cure the root causes of any allergy is with the help of symbiotic organisms. These probiotic bacteria will help regulate your bodily processes and digest anything that comes down through your mouth. If you have a healthy amount and variety of intestinal flora, these organisms will prevent allergic reactions and produce many nutrients for you as a “thank you” for being their home. Here’s a world famous probiotic that has been proven to survive stomach acid and colonize the intestines easily. It will help tremendously for sulfite allergy treatment.

probiotics to help with allergies to sulfites and sensitivities

This helped heal my environmental sensitivities like with sulfites. I feel much better while taking this for a month.

 

I am always here for you, so if you have a question or something to add about natural sulfite allergy treatment, please leave me a comment!

Talk to you soon,

Anthony

Comments

  1. Hi Antony,
    I have been suffering from sulphite sensitivity for around three years and have been unable to get any advise or help from any health professional in the UK. doctors seem unaware it even exists. I react quite quickly when I have eaten or drank something by accident , my symptoms are that my heart begins to pound very fast, I shake uncontrollably I begin to suffer with an excruciating headache and I begin to vomit. I continue to vomit violently for up to 24 hours . I am extremely interested in trying all the things you have recommended but I am wondering if I should begin to take all three recommendations at once.
    I am willing to try anything as it is ruining my life. I have also suffered from migraine my whole life and am beginning to wonder if these are also triggered by sulphites . Thank you . Kind Regards , Stephanie

    1. Author

      It seems that these are fine taken together because I had done that at one period. But I hope you feel better, perhaps the MSM could help you if you believe that you don’t eat enough sulfur foods. What do you think?

  2. Hello, ! My name is christina, I have Hashimotos andwith an auto-immune component I have a reaction to sulphites and a burning because of inflammation ! Any thoughts or suggestions about a treatment for the reaction to sulphites ? My immune system seems to be storing the chemicals I am reacting to and I do react to msm and quercitin !!!

    1. Author

      I’m not sure I understand why you would be reacting to MSM, but perhaps there is an ingredient in particular within the quercetin supplement that you should avoid. Doesn’t seem to make much sense though. Maybe you have another type of allergy? What do you think?

  3. I took oral Lamisil for 3 months and that is when my sulfite allergy really went crazy. Anything I eat immediately creates dandruff on my scalp. Could this be a candida infection. thanks alice

    1. Author

      That’s not typically what yeast infection produces, but everybody is different. If you think Candida is a problem for you, then you should do some more investigation. I don’t think it’s related to your scalp though.

  4. Hi Anthony,
    I’ve had a bad reaction to my hair dye which contains sulfates. I’ve had 36 patch tests and my dermatologist confirmed it was the sulfates that caused my allergic reaction which led to my excessive hair loss. I’m seeing a specialist next week as I’m at a loss. Any suggestions from you would be greatly appreciated. Wondering if this is a permanent condition. Any thoughts?

    1. Author

      Hey Angel,
      No I don’t think that sounds like a permanent condition. Sulfites can get pretty deep into your skin, so it might take a while for the hair follicles to stop dying. I think time is your friend here and you should probably do some serious in-depth research about hair dye if you want to try again. Let me know what you think and how things are going!

  5. Hi, I recently found out I have a few genetic mutations for a gene called CBS. It causes a problem with the way your body processes sulphur. It ends up turning it into Ammonia. I have been trying to learn all I can. Before 10 days ago, my basic complaints have been extreme exhaustion, achy joints, moodiness, …..My dr just blew it all off for years. Saying, it is just chronic fatigue syndrome. But I am a mom with 5 kids. I am missing out on a lot of life. So, 10 days ago, I learned of the genetic mutation. Read all I could. Started cutting out all Sulphur. That is when I started getting extremely sensitive to all things Sulphur. I found it to even be in bottled water. It is sprayed on food. I ate 3 grapes and got a splitting headache. My question is, Is it normal to be so sensitive after eliminating it? What can I do to recover after I accidently consume something tainted? This is such a learning curve. I do feel that this had kept my body inconstant inflammation. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks

    1. Author

      Wow it’s funny that you describe those symptoms because you might be sulfur deficient like I was. Have you ever tried MSM?

  6. Hi. It’s Sherri. My phone just stopped working mid sentence. I cannot get back to the store nor can i afford it. Any other home remedies to get me back on my feet? Ugh. I’m scared to eat. Thank y’all.

    1. Hi there, i live out in South Africa, where in our country could i purchase natural treatments. Thanks Patty.

  7. Hi. My name is Sherri. I have been so I’ll including a respiratory attack so severe 911 came and I had “no breath sounds.” This is the only thing on the entire internet that has what seems to have the correct information pertaining to my symptoms and Every thing that has caused my symptoms to worsen including the $500 worth of stuff (amino acids, nettle, dandelion tea, milk thissel, apples, and so much more, just to be sicker I today. I am so tired of feeling bad. I just bought leeks, (thank you above for letting me know they caused you headaches!) Endive, ginger, 1000 versions of cococont stuff, chai seeds, and a bunch of bee

    1. Author

      Hey Sherri! Not many people know that sulfite sensitivity is a separate thing. It’s more like a condition that develops and goes away than a sulfite allergy.

      1. Thank you for your response. I am getting down to causes and the responses eat thing I put in my mouth, bathe, wash my hair with and even put on my face are doing to me! I have such horrible asthma attacks when I ingest anything with a sulfite and any type of hair or make up product with sulfate in them. I also have an allergic reaction (hives) to specific sulfa drugs so this is a tough one. Thank y’all below for the info on MSM crystals, garlic, because I keep buying and taking “recommended” things that put me out for the count for days. THE MEDICINE IN THE EPI-PEN CONTAINS a sulfa derivative just like a few of the inhalers they prescribed me that almost killed me. I cannot take or ingest anything with any derivative of sulfa in it. Check with your pharmacist as they are just now getting “flagged” about certain meds that counteract with one another. Have them read the inactive ingredients (God knows I’m tired of reading labels.” Also any amio acids that contain more than one (compounds) can make me deathly ill. Vitamin b complex on its own and b-12 (no bi-products) are good as well as the moledemym and vitamin c. Watch out for pulmpcort, symbicort, and check any reaction to breo. The powdered medicine in these tend to promote my asthma. Don’t take any benadryl or other antihistamine if you think you are having a reaction as these meds trigger asthma, the coating is full of sulfites!

        1. Author

          Thanks for this in-depth response about sulfites in asthma drugs. I wasn’t enough aware of that.

        2. Thank you Sherri, I felt my kid got wheezing after taking Benydryl priscribed by doctor. There so much ignorance even in the medical community, it is very beweldering. I hope our doctors are more aware about this issue and don’t sell our health to Pharma..
          Thanks for adding to the list of foods containing sulf..

          Also, thanks a lot Anthony, to share your findings..Bless you..

  8. HI Anthony iam highly allergic to anything sulphur (migraines) so I would be interested in try the crystals thanks for the info looking forward to seeing if it will work for me

    1. Author

      Yes, MSM crystals are absolutely fine for those that are allergic to sulphur compounds. You mean in like garlic and onions, or drugs though? But either way, it is safe for everybody to take. No need to worry about that, I should have specified that as well. Thanks!

  9. Hi, thanks for the article. I was born allergic to dairy and I’ve always had bad reactions to sulfur foods like eggs, garlic, onions (gas, headaches). Over the last decade it’s progressively gotten much worse where I have to vomit if I eat any sulfur based foods, or meat and chicken too for that matter. I eat all organic vegan, take probiotics/enzymes and will try the Org MSM Crystals…Quercetin has given me detrimental reactions in the past. Thank you.

  10. I have asthma & am highly allergic to any sulfies. I’ll have an asthma attack & have come close to dying many times from it. I’m going to Mexico soon & very afraid I’m gonna have a reaction to the food not knowing how they prepare there food. I want to bring an EpiPen for emergencies but I read they contain sulfites but I’ve heard that even if your highly allergic to sulfites u can still use an EpiPen. That makes no sense to me. How does that work? How long does it take the natural sources that you mention in the article to work?

    1. Author

      I am not sure about the ingredients in Epi pens, but you should be able to see the ingredients that are in it. It doesn’t make sense that they would add something highly allergic to an Epi pen injector, so I would say you’re fine. But if you want to be sure, you can look up the specific kind that you have to see the full ingredients inside. Some sulfur ingredients don’t trigger a sulfite reaction, however.

  11. I was given a sulfa drug for a non existant bladder infection (the dr. left a message the following Monday that I didn’t have a bladder infection. I find that sulfite are in everything and I get hives esp. in my hair and body. losing lots of hair. What can I do to get rid of this allergy. I am 65 yrs old and it also affects my joints to the point where I cannot walk. I cannot take steroids or any pain pills. Now also allergic to corn, wheat, penicillin, the list if endless. thanks. alice

    1. Author

      Hey Alice
      So the doctor thought you had an infection and treated you for it with a sulfa drug? What exactly was the sulfa drug called? Sometimes, the chemical composition of the sulfite/sulfur in the drug won’t trigger any reactions even in sulfite allergic people. Since you have joint problems, I would recommend trying MSM, which is the bioavailable form of sulfur that your cells use. You can’t be allergic to this stuff or you’d be allergic to yourself, like water. What do you think about that?
      Anthony

      1. yes it was a Sulphur drug that started with a B . You just take 3 pills in 3 days. now I am allergic to all sulfites, sulfur that occurs naturally in foods, potassium that occurs naturally in foods. other sites said not to take MSM if you have a sulfite allergy but one person recommended taking msm organic crystals. help.

        1. Author

          You can take MSM if you have a sulfite allergy! It’s not going to set off a reaction because it already exists in your cells. We can all make use of it. But some people react in a detoxing type of way.

  12. I developed a Sulphite allergy by ingesting too many Sultanas (I was trying to reduce the sweets in my diet) – I have now found that Sutanas and that Suntan lotion affects me the worst. We have just returned from a Holiday where the suntan lotion I was using did not show Sulphur dioxide on the label and I having been suffering for over a month with a rash under the skin – the rash is not visible but the constant itchiness is driving me insane!
    I have been on Telefast 180 for 2 weeks and have tried homeopathic remedies and still I have had no relief – suggestions please.
    Thank you
    Sue Baxter

    1. Author

      Hey Sue,
      It’s interesting that you think you developed a sulfite sensitivity this way. I’m not sure that the allergy medicine Telefast 180 will do anything for sulfite allergy treatment. The mechanism of action does won’t treat the symptoms like you’d expect. In some cases, histamine isn’t the primary issue and other allergy chemicals like leukotrienes are involved. Are you sure that sulfites are your problem?
      Anthony

  13. Thanks so much for this article. Me and my son both have G6PD deficiency and we have had any issues at lease none that I was aware of. My son did complain one time his heart was hurting but I thought it was just heart burn. My son is 7 and I am 29. We are now vegans for about a year now. Do you have any recommendations when it comes to vegetables, should I only get organic fruits and veggies? My son had asthma when he was a baby but not anymore, should I still give home the probiotics on a daily basis?

    1. Author

      Hey Asia,
      It’s interesting that your son complains about heart pain at such a young age. I remember being a kid too and experiencing heartburn while not knowing what the cause of it was. Analyzing my past now, it was definitely due to a food intolerance and excessive salt intake. For me, I was intolerant to soybeans and most legumes so whenever I consumed soy sauce, my heart burned extremely badly and I also had very bad headaches and stomach pain. Since you guys are vegans, I am wondering if your son has something similar because I was a vegan as well. Ultimately, I consumed a lot of soy. Let me know if I may be accurate!

    2. Hi Asia. This is Sherri. The organic veggies can be worse than others. Public greenwise has true organic standards. The privately owned companies who sell “organic stuf” has not gone through the rigorous FDA process that bigger food chains have. No pre-cut fruit, nothing in a package (even baby carrots). Slice and soak the veggies on purified water. Try cutting out white veggies, potatoes, cauliflower, and going with green stuff (unless sulfites allergy then no cabbage or anyone in his family)! Stay away from honey, syrup, molasses, corn syrup, etc. No canned veggies. Thank you for sharing!

  14. Hi, I drank some white wine the other night and felt like I had an allergy asthma issues ever since. What can I do to get rid of these symptoms. I feel like I have a deep allergy cough. I notice it only happens when I drink white wine. What should I do to help my symptoms, cause they feel like they are getting worse. Thank you

    1. Author

      Hey Heather,
      It seems like you are having allergic reactions to something in wine. Whether it is the sulfites doing this or something else, it doesn’t seem clear. However, I do know that the best treatment you could have for these symptoms is simply avoiding the wine altogether. But, of course, you’ll want to consume it if you like it. Therefore, you can try to see if sulfite-free wines work for you. I know that they have those available at Whole Foods and stores like that and the labels clearly say “no sulfites added” because their niche in the market is trying to target people who are sulfite sensitive or conscious. Let me know what you think!
      Anthony

    2. I’m quite surprised you recommend garlic pills for sulphite allergy as garlic onions and leeks all contain sulphite. This is the most awful allergy I get headaches and migraine from it and feel much better when I eat no processed food. Dee

      1. Author

        Hey Dee,
        Natural foods like garlic and onions do contain sulfur, but sulfite content is usually negligible and shouldn’t affect sulfite allergy or sulfite sensitivity adversely. Why I recommend these garlic, onion, and leek capsules as natural treatment is because the sulfite sensitivity might actually be due to a deficiency of natural sulfur in your body. There’s some research to suggest that your body tries to desperately absorb the sulfites in an attempt to obtain bioavailable sulfur for cellular processes. However, your cells can’t use sulfites and you might actually reject it, creating allergic symptoms. In your case, it could be causing the headaches and migraines due to your sulfite allergy.

  15. Hi Anthony.

    My son started off just sulfite sensitive and reacted the worst to grapes which was a allergic reaction then a sensitivity.
    Sulfites now with most things give him a allergic reaction. I treat it with antihistamines and within half an hour he is fine. Some things aren’t as bad as other foods. Like I can buy hit chips or frozen chips and he doesn’t seem to have any reaction even though I know its sulfite added. Why does he react on a scale of servere to barely nothing with sulfites?
    I do give him a probiotic most days but reading how it helps I will be doing this daily.
    Thank you

    1. Author

      Hey Michelle,
      So your son is consuming things with sulfites added to them, but he does not react to them? Perhaps he is not sensitive to sulfites because you had mentioned that he reacts to grapes. Grapes in their natural form do not have sulfites in them, despite the common misconception of wine having the most sulfites. Sulfites are added to wine, which is a grape product, but they are not natural in grapes. It sounds like your son has an allergy or food intolerance to grapes. Would that make sense? Also, try to make sure that the probiotic you are giving your child is healthy, because Lactobacillus strains can often raise histamine levels. I would only take probiotics that only have Bifidobacterium in their ingredients list. Let me know how things are going!
      Anthony

  16. Hi Anthony,
    Thank you for the article.I was actually taking MSM for joint pain and inflammation and it was working great for a while. I had been taking it for a year or 2 and then started increasing the dosage.. It had never bothered me or gave me a reaction until recently. Well after increasing the dosage I broke out in a very bad inflammatory reaction on my arms and stomch and started to reacted to things i hadnt been before.. I know i have some leaky gut stuff going on , but whats weird is i had never reacted before until i increased the dosage.. Any suggestions as to how to get things to go back to normal ? Any chance it would have to do with leaky gut or heavy metals ? And once you react to it even though you haven’t before can you go back to normal ? I dont understand why all of a sudden i would react and now 3 wks later im still reacting to things which i believe have sulfer in them which i had never before.. I checked my gene code for it the CBS gene and I seem to be +/- on one and -/- on the other .. So doesnt look like i have a complete malfunction for breaking it down.. Any suggestions?
    Thank you
    Jessica

    1. Author

      Hey Jessica,
      Thanks so much for your input and great points to add to our conversation. I think that you may be consumed about natural sulfur that our body needs for nutrition versus what a sulfite is. I am not sure if you are trying to link the two as the same thing. Perhaps bioavailable sulfur known as MSM crystals could help your immune system function properly and reject sulfites easier without the need for inflammation and irritation. This was definitely the case for me because I saw wonderful improvements in my immunity after supplementing with organic sulfur. I think that you should not overdo it with any type of supplement. Although organic MSM crystals have been proven to be about as harmless as water, perhaps everybody is different. That is not what sulfites are because they are preservatives and not nutritious at all in our bodies. Above anything else, you should listen to your body’s signs and do what makes you feel better naturally. Do you suffer from sulfite allergy or intolerance? There are many other natural sulfite allergy treatments to consider, not just supplements, that you can consider that has done wonders for me and many others.
      Anthony

  17. I have a sulfite allergy and can rarely eat without having a reaction. We recently bought an existing house, and started renovating. Since we installed the new hard woods, carpeting, and paint, I have had variant cough asthma. Found out the flooring and paint is full of sulfites also.

    Tried the quercetin, but had increased breathing symptoms because it has sulfite additives. Any other options?

    Any specialists that deal with sulfite allergies between Virginia Beach and DC?

    Thanks,
    Karen

    1. Author

      Hey Karen,
      It sucks that your quercetin supplement contains sulfites. Was it one that I recommended? The ones specifically designed for allergies should be sulfite-free. I would definitely recommend trying MSM crystals as a first step because sulfite sensitivity may be exacerbated by sulfur deficiency. Let me know some more about your situation!

  18. I believe I should take B-12 and probiotics like you mentioned in your article. Any other suggestions or ideas I would love to hear from you. Thanks again!

    1. Author

      Hi Andrea,
      I highly recommend keeping a natural antihistamine like quercetin around just in case you come into exposure with sulfites. This is a great sulfite allergy treatment because it reduces the cause of allergic reactions: histamine.
      Anthony

  19. Hi Anthony,
    Thanks for your article. I am very allergic to sodium metabisuflite and other sulfat based medication like Batrim. I had to go to the hospital twice from using a face cream with sodium metabisulflite in it. It effects my lungs, difficulty breathing and wheezing. I get very tired and also lose my appitite. About two months ago I started using a cream with the Sodium metabisuflite in it unknowling. I used it every night for about 5 weeks and felt horrible the entire month. I never even thought about the cream. I went to doctors, got my heart checked with an EKG, blood tests done, everything came back fine. The doctors thought I have anxiety. One night I was doing my night routine and realized I had been using a new cream!! I told my husband and then we read the ingredients. I was basically poisoning myself for 5 weeks each night, not knowing it!! My question to you is, how long could this stay in my system? It’s a topical cream for lightening dark spots on your face. I feel better but still not 100% and I stopped using the cream about 3 1/2 weeks ago. Let me know your thoughts. I do feel like I have anxiety a little but I believe it’s from feeling so bad for the past 2 months! I’m still pretty tired and don’t want to eat very much. My chest issues are much better but I still get the feeling a little in my chest once in a while. Then I get scared that it’s going to get bad again! Thanks for your input.
    Andrea Hancock

    1. Author

      Hey Andrea,
      So your sulfite allergy gives you a bad respiratory reaction? Even while it is on your skin? I would definitely recommend that you try skin products that are closer to being hypoallergenic and have few ingredients so that you know exactly what you are putting on your skin. I would definitely try avoiding sulfites at all costs and just as for an emergency, you can keep an organic antihistamine around to take in case you have exposure to some. This seems to work in reducing sulfite allergy discomfort in a lot of people. Let me know more!
      Anthony

    2. Andrea, I seem to have an allergy to sulfites that directly correlates to sulfates as well. I had to buy all new “sulfate free” shampoo, face and body cream, foundation, etc. The “all natural” products are sneaky. Read Anthony’s list and make sure there are no hidden sulfate in the bottles. This helped me so much! Before this, every time I showered I couldn’t dry off without having to use my nebulizer!

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