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Salt allergy/intolerance - Please help

Posted In: Allergies 29 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 10, 2008
  • 06:45 AM

Hello all,

Whenever I eat any food with even small quantities of salt , I experience chest tightness, increased heart beat, pressure in the head, and anxiety. I have been having these symptoms for many years but only recently I found that it was happening because of salt.

If I eat a boiled potato nothing would happen. But if I add some salt to the potato and eat it then within minutes (5 or 10 minutes), I experience the above symptoms.

I tried regular table salt and also Redmond Real Salt but the results were same. I am going to try Himalayan salt crystals.

I get the same symptoms whenever I eat any food containing soy. I am able to avoid soy from my diet. But salt is a required mineral. I do not know what to do. http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/images/smiles/icon_sad.gif

I still didn't check with a doctor because my current insurance plan does not cover much.

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  • So if I understand all right, your symptoms don't show up if you wait more than 10 minutes after adding the salt? That would be strange with an allergy...Do you have any rashes/coughing/wheezing/eye watering/eyelid or lip swelling/diarrhea that may suggest other allergies? Or have you been diagnosed with soy-allergy? Hope it gets better soon, but I think your symptoms are indicating an other medical condition... you should consider having your heart checked out, or maybe having a chest x-ray done.
    annaPEB 29 Replies Flag this Response
  • I suffer from the same symptoms as the original poster. I am going to try non-iodized salt. It's iodine that people are sensitive or intolerant to. Even in hospitals, pre surgery patients are asked if they are allergic to iodine because of the betadine swab, being a derivative of iodine.Just because someone has an allergy to something it doesn't mean that they will have swelling lips, watery itchy eyes, rashes coughing. I am diagnosed perfume allergic. I have perfume induced asthma so I don't get watery eyes or any of what the second poster wrote. Nothing visible to show that I am having a problem.
    cammiedog 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yes you "allergic" to salt because salt is in your body all the time. It is part of your body's normal functioning. Without any salt in you, you would quickly die.You might either be intolerant of salt, or you might be experiencing a reaction to something else that is in your salt. Perhaps your husband has been adding strychnine to it.Go to the store, buy a box of saltines, sit in your car and eat one, then wait ten minutes. If nothing happens, well have him arrested.You might see if a health food store carries some product that claims to be "only pure and natural salt crystals" or whatever. As you say they do add iodine to salt.
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  • wjhonson I can't believe your post got past the moderators of this board! I have been diagnosed with slow motility. I was never prescribed any medication for it. I was talking to someone who has slow motility and they take Reglan. They also take Zantac 75 or 150 if they run out of their script. We are leaving the country in 2 days so I won't have time to call my Dr. to have him call in some Reglan. I took Zantac 75 tonight and feel normal for the first time in years.So s_svr might want to try the zantac before you eat twice a day and see what happens.
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  • Please make sure that your problem is not because of MSG (monosodium glutamate) Your reaction is the same as the MSG symptom list. Soy products would have it too.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 26, 2008
    • 04:15 AM
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  • to the person who is taking Reglan. STOP! there's a class action lawsuit aginst that medication for adverse reactions in over 60 percent of people who used it.
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  • I think I may have some sort of allergic reaction to salt. Every single time I have salt..especially if I add it to my food, I will feel extremely tired, sleepy and also feel very hot and flushed:-(This only started to happen last year....I wonder why?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 30, 2009
    • 01:28 AM
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  • I have gluten intolerance/celiac disease and also have alot of problems with salt. My symptoms from salt are typically- fatigue, oral ulcers, abdl bloating and/or diarrhea. From a symptom standpoint I don't know if you and I are dealing with the same problem. (i.e. if you may have shellfish allergy you may just be having problems with sea salt exposed to shellfish, or maybe you have problems with added iodine). I assumed that my symptoms with salt were due to a wheat-based anti-caking agent on the salt(i.e. celiac disease symptoms due to wheat). Just a thought.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 12, 2009
    • 05:43 PM
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  • I have gluten intolerance/celiac disease and also have alot of problems with salt. My symptoms from salt are typically- fatigue, oral ulcers, abdl bloating and/or diarrhea. From a symptom standpoint I don't know if you and I are dealing with the same problem. (i.e. if you may have shellfish allergy you may just be having problems with sea salt exposed to shellfish, or maybe you have problems with added iodine). I assumed that my symptoms with salt were due to a wheat-based anti-caking agent on the salt(i.e. celiac disease symptoms due to wheat). Just a thought.Consider the possibility that iodized salt also contains dextrose (corn) as a preservative.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 24, 2009
    • 01:16 AM
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  • Hello all, Whenever I eat any food with even small quantities of salt , I experience chest tightness, increased heart beat, pressure in the head, and anxiety. I have been having these symptoms for many years but only recently I found that it was happening because of salt. If I eat a boiled potato nothing would happen. But if I add some salt to the potato and eat it then within minutes (5 or 10 minutes), I experience the above symptoms. I tried regular table salt and also Redmond Real Salt but the results were same. I am going to try Himalayan salt crystals. I get the same symptoms whenever I eat any food containing soy. I am able to avoid soy from my diet. But salt is a required mineral. I do not know what to do. http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/images/smiles/icon_sad.gif I still didn't check with a doctor because my current insurance plan does not cover much.Two people in my family have very similar symptoms to the ones you mentioned. We also get very irritaded, angry and hard to live with. It is so bad that we don't have to mention that we have had salt, it is obvious. This lasts about 2 days. It is so bad that we avoid salt, as well as baking soda etc.. at all costs. I have been to Dr. after Dr. One suggested sodium channel issues, but they don't know what to do, some don't even believe it, but we have tried and tested this for 10 years. Have any new thought on this??? I would love to find an answer.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 30, 2009
    • 02:30 AM
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  • i also have a problem with salt and sodium, even small amounts. Can someone list what foods they eat to avoid sodium? thanks.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 10, 2010
    • 05:03 AM
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  • I am curios to hear if anyone has experienced multiple sneezing through the mouth, when eating salt. I always get mouth sneezes (about 30-40) i a row if i for example salt my egg or so. Does anyone know why this happens and what to do about it other than avoid salt?Kind regardsChristina
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 15, 2010
    • 09:39 AM
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  • The best response is table salt contains Dextrose. Dextrose comes from corn. A Corn Allegry is Real. Sodium Allergy is impossible (All food contains sodium). Iodine Allergy is a fallacy, people assume shellfish allergies are because of Iodine. Shellfish allergies are due to proteins in the shellfish. People allergic to Medical Contrast (dye), which contains some iodine, are allergic to the other bonding agents and junk in contrast. Iodine and Sodium are as essential as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen. If you are allergic to these, you wouldn't be complaining of it, you'd be dead.
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  • Two people in my family have very similar symptoms to the ones you mentioned. We also get very irritaded, angry and hard to live with. It is so bad that we don't have to mention that we have had salt, it is obvious. This lasts about 2 days. It is so bad that we avoid salt, as well as baking soda etc.. at all costs. I have been to Dr. after Dr. One suggested sodium channel issues, but they don't know what to do, some don't even believe it, but we have tried and tested this for 10 years. Have any new thought on this??? I would love to find an answer.I am looking for answers for the same symptoms, if I eat anything salty instantly my head wants to blow off, I take BP readings thru-out the day, If it is just a little high I go for a mile walk very briskly and it will come right back down. by evening my BP is below normal, I do have an appointment soon but they will probably tell my to loose 15 lbs, continue exercising so on and so forth. I did some very heavy work a couple days ago and sweat like a pig but I felt so good for a change. I'm going to stick with the brisk walking to get rid of the salts.
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  • I have had problems with water retention all my life... in my 20's I was thin but having water retention all the time. Now that I am in my 40's I have high blood pressure which is under control with medication--but should that have been an indicator which was not diagnosed??Now when I eat salty food I swell up, get thirsty and suffer the side effects. The worst of it is I know its bad for me but yet I crave it. When I do go low sodium I always find a way to use salt at some point as I feel I was "good " for some time and deserve "normal food". I feel deprived as the rest of the population seems to shop and eat salty food!! Are people pre-destined for high blood pressure issues?
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  • Hi, I am writing this for my uncle who seems to be suffering from a very unusual situation - whenever he takes normal food with normal table salt, he bloats up and also feels very tired and exhausted. His sodium level in the blood also shoots up. This happens even when he has as minimal as 2 slices of bread a day for about a week, and the rest of the foods are all saltless. He tried substituting alternate salt (pottassium based) in his foods and then, his pottassium levels went up in the blood. Now, he is forced to eat anything with absolutely no salt, and so, he feels very depressed and sometimes, just does not eat....his pressure, kidney etc are all functioning normally...He is a pure vegetarian and also does not take any fried stuff or sweets at all. Can anybody suggest what a possible solution can be to this situation?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 26, 2010
    • 03:42 PM
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  • Sodium and table salt are different. Sodium is necessary for electrical impulsies but table salt fuctions similar to a steroid on the adrenal gland, which can lead to hypertension to heartattacks, a well known effect. It can also lead to issues with your adrenal gland. Keep this in mind because while it may not be an allergy, it could be having a strong adverse effect on your adrenal gland.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 14, 2010
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  • hi I've found apple cider vinegar can help 1 shot glass in about 600 mm of water a day or every 2 nd seems to help a bit cheers
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 26, 2010
    • 11:52 PM
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  • Hello all, Whenever I eat any food with even small quantities of salt , I experience chest tightness, increased heart beat, pressure in the head, and anxiety. I have been having these symptoms for many years but only recently I found that it was happening because of salt. If I eat a boiled potato nothing would happen. But if I add some salt to the potato and eat it then within minutes (5 or 10 minutes), I experience the above symptoms. I tried regular table salt and also Redmond Real Salt but the results were same. I am going to try Himalayan salt crystals. I get the same symptoms whenever I eat any food containing soy. I am able to avoid soy from my diet. But salt is a required mineral. I do not know what to do. http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/images/smiles/icon_sad.gif I still didn't check with a doctor because my current insurance plan does not cover much.The older I get the more severe my allergies become and the more allergies I have. To the point where I'm so fatigued I can't work! I used to work 70 hours a week over 12 years ago. Recently I cut out dairy, wheat, gluten, eggs and corn. (So glad I just saw the comment on dextrose being corn!). I bought 'rice cheese' and after I opened it I realized the ingredients have casein in it which is MILK PROTEIN!..... I thought I was being careful! Here's a great website:http://www.allergyfreefoods.com/2010/index.aspI hope it helpse someone who needs gluten, egg, dairy, wheat, peanut, tree nut, soy, milk, fish and shellfish allergies. Non of their foods have them. Go to the store locater and see if they're carried in your area. Feel free to pass this info on! Take care of yourself and I hope you're feeling better soon!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 29, 2011
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  • This is a very old thread so I realize that the original poster may never see this message. But if you think you have an allergy to salt, what you need to do is be aware of what type of salt was in the food when you had the reaction. The chances of having a literal allergy to salt is really unlikely; but what is likely is that you could have a reaction to chloride (which is in some salts), or if it's a more natural form (less processed) of salt, such as sea salt, depending on where it comes from, it's going to have different mineral content, possibly other trace ingredients. It's more likely that you are reacting to something in the salt, then the salt itself (being as you need salt to live).I would suggest see an allergy specialist who would do a process of illimination with you to figure out what is connected to the salt which is creating the reaction. Or it could be a medical condition being exasperated by a certain percent of salt.Hopefully you figured it out by now.I have the symptoms you describe when I eat food with msg in it; most foods that are pre-packaged do have msg in them.I don't know where you are in the states but I would suggest if you are open to alternative methods, I have been having great success with my health (I am diagnosed with asthma and several other challenges) in being treated by traditional chinese medicine; if this idea appeals to you, I would suggest contacting the North American Tang Shou Tao, they have several locations through out the USA. http://www.natsta.orgGood luck!Cheers;April-AnnaThe Art of April-Anna http://theartofapril-anna.blogspot.com
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 29, 2011
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