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Burning tongue from chemicals??

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 4, 2006
  • 01:21 AM

My grandma has suffered from Multiple chemical sensitivity for years now...but with a symptom that no doctors have seem to have heard of. When she is around perfumes, chemicals, pesticides, etc. her tongue burns and her lips tingle. depending on the situation her symptoms worsen...she can't even attend church and it is a struggle to go into public around the perfumes and chemicals. If anyone has this problem or has any information, please help. Thank you.

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  • your grandma is not alone, I have had the same problem for the last nine or ten years. Hate to tell anyone because they look at me like I'm crazy. Seeing your note, has made me want to go back to my doctor and be more assertive about testing for this. I'm not much help at this point as to the cause, but will let you know if I find out any thing.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 06:14 PM
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  • I too get this reaction to perfumes. My tongue and lips feel tingly and numb all day with a metallic taste that is really bothersome. As far as the pesticides, I truly believe that they seep into the ground and get into my well. (I have well water). And although I have a water softening system, I still feel that the pesticides are in my water. This is driving me absolutely CRAZY becuase I just cant get rid of whatever it is!!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 03:15 AM
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  • I think I have actually found the source of the problem!! Your grandmother may have an allergy or a sesitivity to products containing sodium laurel sulfate and/or sodim laurth sulfate. This chemical is found in nearly ALL toothpastes, shampoos, and even some cosmetics and skin lotions and hair dyes as well! Over the years, the toxins could have built up in her system thereby causing a great sesitivity to the chemical when she is near it. Have her swithch to shampoos without the chemical (Burts Bees has one) and also a toothpaste without the chemical (biotene has one). After cutting that chemical out, she should get little to none of the oral burning. Let me know how she makes out. My email address is keriida@hotmail.com. Good luck to you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2007
    • 00:34 AM
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  • I think I have actually found the source of the problem!! Your grandmother may have an allergy or a sesitivity to products containing sodium laurel sulfate and/or sodim laurth sulfate. This chemical is found in nearly ALL toothpastes, shampoos, and even some cosmetics and skin lotions and hair dyes as well! Over the years, the toxins could have built up in her system thereby causing a great sesitivity to the chemical when she is near it. Have her swithch to shampoos without the chemical (Burts Bees has one) and also a toothpaste without the chemical (biotene has one). After cutting that chemical out, she should get little to none of the oral burning. Let me know how she makes out. My email address is keriida@hotmail.com. Good luck to you.http://www.ourlittleplace.com/mcs.html
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 6, 2007
    • 02:34 AM
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  • http://www.ourlittleplace.com/mcs.htmlThis is something that I have been struggling with for quite some time. It is so good to just hear that someone else has this. No Dr. has had any good reason for this, except to say that I must be hyperventilating (sp?). I am not though.I have also started having pressure in my chest, like someone is sitting on my chest. This makes me feel like I can't breath well although I can still breath. This has been getting progressively worst which is why I am again trying to get a handle on what is going on.Thank you for posting-it really is good to hear that I am not the only one. I have no answers, but will post here if I ever get any.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 16, 2009
    • 02:20 AM
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  • http://www.ourlittleplace.com/mcs.htmlAll it is is your body having a reaction to that chemical, so whenever this happens get away from that chemical!I also experience this my tongue goes numb and I feel a weird pressure on my neck whenever I'm around chemicals such as cleaners/mineral spirits/perfumes. I also believe I have a wheat allergen so I'm already sensitive to a lot of things. My mother also has similar reactions to chemicals, so the hypersensitivity maybe genetic.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 20, 2009
    • 02:03 AM
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  • This is something that I have been struggling with for quite some time. It is so good to just hear that someone else has this. No Dr. has had any good reason for this, except to say that I must be hyperventilating (sp?). I am not though.I have also started having pressure in my chest, like someone is sitting on my chest. This makes me feel like I can't breath well although I can still breath. This has been getting progressively worst which is why I am again trying to get a handle on what is going on.Thank you for posting-it really is good to hear that I am not the only one. I have no answers, but will post here if I ever get any.I have sleep apnea and often feel pressure on the chest, or feel like I will suffocate or my heart will stop-especially when I lie on my back. Occasionally my tounge will burn and swell a bit on the sides. I am also sensitive to chemicals. I was around mothballs today so I'm guessing that is what has my tongue messed up right now. If your chest pressure is sleep apnea related then you would probably also experience fatigue as well. It could be a thousand different things, just ask anyone that is familiar seeing you sleep if you periodically stop breathing for several seconds at a time. Hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 10, 2011
    • 03:46 AM
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