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gremlin9 posted:
Since 16 yrs old, I have had a serious reaction to food containing sodium. Some of these foods are; ham, prepacked side dishes, and microwave popcorn. I don't have to just ingest it. I have had reactions to bacon cooking in the kitchen, and being in a movie theater and having people come to my aid. the physical reactions are the swelling of my face, hands, feet, and respiratory difficulty.
I have been in the ER for my kidney shutting down within 5 hours of eating a bag of doritos. A nurse tried to convince me it was a bladder infection. Not in 5 hours it ain't.
After 30 years, I would like to find a test that might place a name to it.
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Aqua14 responded:
Do you react to pure salt (e.g., salt sprinkled on cooked, fresh vegetables steamed in water)? If not, then I'd suspect you may be reacting to some type of preservative in those foods rather than to sodium chloride (salt). You may want to look for a preservative or maybe a food coloring that's common to the foods to which you've reacted. Sulfite is just one possibility that comes to mind, since many people seem to be sensitive to it.

Once you've narrowed it down to a few possible preservatives, a visit to an allergist would seem to be in order.

Hope these thoughts help - take care & good luck. Judy
It's never too late to be what you might have been. ~ George Eliot. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
 
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gremlin9 replied to Aqua14's response:
I never knew what it could be. I went to an allergist. They tested for regular food allergies, ignoring my symptoms. Then stated I should go see a therapist. That there was no such allergy. Then I saw it. A product warning on the back of Chantix. I laughed, then cried. I was on this prescription for 4 weeks and had had ballooned 3 sizes before realizing something was wrong. Like I had said in my first request for assistance, i don't have to ingest the allergen. If bacon is cooking or microwave popcorn is popping, I ballon before everyones' eyes. So, is there sulfite in prepackaged side dishes? theater popcorn? clam chowder? chinese sweet n sour chicken? potatoe chips? deli meat? I would love to take something back to my doctors in a few months.


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