Since nothing is easy with this sensitivity, you may find that you are having reactions while being impeccable with your diet. So, before make yourself crazy by eating nothing but chicken and lettuce three meals a day, seven days a week, let’s talk about all the other things that might cause a reaction. Remember, there are a lot of things we ingest that are not food. This is NOT a comprehensive list, but here are some pharmaceuticals, skin and body care product and inhalants to avoid:
Tylenol with Codeine a.k.a Tynenol 3 or 4. Here are the ingredients:
TYLENOL® with Codeine No. 3 contains powdered cellulose, magnesium stearate, sodium metabisulfite†, pregelatinized starch (corn), and modified starch (corn).
TYLENOL® with Codeine No. 4 contains powdered cellulose, magnesium stearate, sodium metabisulfite†, pregelatinized starch (corn), and corn starch
Bronchodilator solutions for asthma
- Adrenalin chloride 1:1000 concentration
- Isuprel hydrochloride solution
Topical eye drops
- Betamethasone phosphate (Celestone)
- Chloropromazine (Thorazine)
- Dexamethasone phosphate (Decadron)
- Epinephrine (Adrenaline, Ana-Kit, Epi-Pen)
- Isoetharine HCl
- Isoproterenol (injectable)
- Hydrocortisone (injectable)
- Lidocaine with epinephrine (Xylocaine)
- Meperidine (Demerol)
- Norepinephrine (Levophed)
- Procaine (Novocaine)
- Prochloroperazine (Compazine)
- Promethazine (Phenergan)
- Solutions for total parenteral nutrition and dialysis
In addition, I have found I react to almost every kind of vitamin or supplement I have ever tried.
Skin/body care products and other things you might absorb:
You also need to be careful with things you may absorb – I don’t have a comprehensive list, but carefully read the labels on lotions, soaps, shampoos, cleansers, hair products, toothpaste, laundry detergent – anything you put in or on your body is a possibility. I have had reactions to a chinese herb patch for bruises, moisturizers, scrubs, *ahem* personal adult type products (don’t judge) and lip gloss. You absorb around 70% of what you put on your skin – be sure it doesn’t include sulfites!
It is also possible to ingest sulfites through inhalation. Here are a few things that can be problematic:
- Car exhaust
- Most books have had the pages treated with sulfited corn starch that you could potentially inhale or absorb through your skin.
- Candles/incense/some essential oils
- Some foods being prepared– some folks cannot be in the room where garlic is being cooked or onions are being cut – use caution!
- Artificial snow – I wasn’t sure if I should list this under possible inhalants or if it was absorb-able, but it is sort of both. If you are going skiing and they have to “make” snow, they add sulfites – in warmer years, they add more.
- Other chemical sensitivities – I know this is vague and general, but I cannot tell you how many times I have heard of people dealing with multiple chemical sensitivities that either trigger a sulfite sensitivity or add to the symptoms. I am not going to get into details here, but if you are not finding answers in all the traditional sulfite solutions, this is a great area to research.