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Sulfites and Migraines

Can sulfites trigger migraine headaches?

Sulfites are usually referred to a group of substances that are often used as preservatives in alcohol, food and drugs.  They are also known by other chemical names such as sodium sulfite, potassium bisulfite and sulfur dioxide.  Again there are some contradictory beliefs as to whether sulfites can trigger migraine headaches.  Some people believes it can although there are others who does not believe this is the case.

Sulfites provide fruits and vegetables with a fresh appearance and are still popularly used in some restaurants to enhance the appearance and look of salads despite the ban by the governments.  Sulfites are also used by wine makers to inhibit the growth of bacteria in wines.  Drugs that contains sulfites are spray and intravenous  preparations

Other foods that also contain sulfites are:

  • Soups
  • Sauces
  • Gravy mixes
  • Avocado dip
  • Frozen potato products
  • Dried Fruits

Symptoms encountered from sensitivity to sulfite includes:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Flushing
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hives
  • Headaches

Some extreme cases of sensitivity to sulfites may also lead to loss of consciousness and even demise of the person.  Hence, if you find that are sensitive to sulfite, just avoid them completely.