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I am an RN who was diagnosed with Salicylate Intolerance in 2005. (I am also the webmaster of this site )


From September 2004 I developed a swollen face(Angioedema) and antihistamines did not reduce the swelling. By mid-October/November  I was vomiting every evening and I lost weight rapidly and dropped from a size 16 to 8 in clothes!!. Several Doctors and a private allergist later and no diagnosis so in desperation and with my medical training I searched for answers.



Ten years earlier I took Aspirin on duty and while I was giving over the report I developed a rash (like measles)with a swollen face.(The medical staff were delighted to have a first-hand experience of the stages of an allergy reaction. !!)

Knowing I was allergic to Aspirin I found although rare you could also develop Salicylate intolerance. I found an Allergist Medical consultant in Harley street who ran some test and diagnosed Salicylate Intolerance. But more importantly, he suggested a Thyroid function test and the results were T4 of 60. The normal T4 is up to 20 and if it had continued I would have collapsed.

Once diagnosed, it all made sense, as I was losing weight rapidly, my hands and voice shook, I was hyperactive and my brain was on hyperdrive.



It was very difficult at first to clear my system of the toxins which had been poisoning me and I had to go on a strict salicylate free regime (treatment). I also had to read all labels, avoid perfumes, chemicals, change makeup to mineral makeup. The list was endless.


Graves Disease

I soon developed double vision and my eyes were still swollen. I developed Thyroid eye disease (Graves Disease) with optic neuropathy which again I had to diagnose myself!. The Ophthalmologist prescribed high doses of steroids and in order to save my sight and I paid for private Radiotherapy for two weeks.I went through several eye operations to treat the damaged.


Allergic reactions

In 2016 I had two severe allergic reactions (angioedema)sever swollen face, swollen lips, difficulty swallowing. One was due to eating a gluten-free roll which can be full of chemicals. I had to go to A&E and started on high dozes of steroids.

I am now generally well but even when I avoid all things salycates I can become unwell with a swollen face nausea vomiting, generally unwell, lethargic. It builds up in your system and can be the results of a couple of days before .


Please do not self diagnose to seek professional medical advice!




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