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    Allergic reaction to sucralose - slightly swollen tongue, aspartamine headache, others
    Anon_22194 posted:
    I have discovered that whenever I have something with Sucralose in it, a few minutes to half an hour later my tongue will feel somewhat swollen. It is definitely "wider" between the teeth, but not swollen enough to close the throat. (Yet). Has anyone else experienced this?

    I also have a reaction to aspartame (NutraSweet) which gives me a headache within 15 to 20 minutes.

    Because of these I have to be careful to read ingredient lists and avoid partaking of sweetened drinks and deserts and anything else that may contain these ingredients if the label is not available.

    I have had seasonal (all seasons) allergies since my early teens (or sooner), including allergy test results for grasses, dog (mild) and cat (severe itchy eyes and runny nose), dust, and some other things (peanut) and others that I can't remember.

    One weird one: certain apples will give me a headache, especially Red Delicious, but Golden Delicious does not! I have to be careful with cider to make sure that it is made with apples that don't bother me, and if it is the least bit fermented (i.e. old), instant headache anyways.

    To help control my allergy symptoms I am taking Mucinex (1200 2x) to keep the mucus flowing, Singular (10mg 1x), Astelin (which due to a formulary change will have to change to a generic, but not AstePro which contains sucralose), and Rhinocort Aqua. I have controlled high blood pressure which rules out numerous decongestants.
    Amelia_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi Anon,

    I hope that you are seeing an allergist about these health concerns. Though your tongue may only be swelling a little and your headache not so bad, it is important that you seek a medical professional in time to be prepared if things ever do worsen.

    Since I'm not a medical professional, all I can offer you is some articles to possibly go over with your doctor and my support and best wishes. Check out our Asthma and Sulfites Allergy Overview , Apples and Pesticides , Food Allergies and Asthma and Comparing Artificial Sweeteners articles for more information to see if you can find more relation to your own situation. Then, please seek an allergist to explain your thoughts and have testing done. I hope that you will keep us posted and I wish you the best!

    Take care!
    The difference between an itch and an allergy is about one hundred bucks. - Anonymous

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