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If you have shellfish allergies you might be having a reaction to sea salt.
Read this post from another forum. It's enlightening.

"I became allergic to shellfish at age 42 after eating a good deal of it in my adult life. Naturally I stopped eating it after that, which left me as a vegetarian, basically. Then I tried to eat mostly organic foods and found that if I ate prepared foods at health food stores or restaurants, I would frequently have the same reaction as though I had eaten shellfish.

I finally determined that the culprit was Sea Salt , and was informed by a doctor at the Mayo Clinic that sea salt contains "marine copolymers" (which another doctor told me was a fancy word for the microscopic shellfish that are contained in sea salt). So while I admire the properties of sea salt and all the wonderful things it can do for many people, I feel that those who are allergic to shellfish should be warned that sea salt may cause them to have allergic reactions. (In my case, that's a huge swelling of the glands in my neck, and lots of pain.)

I also avoid milk, but was unable to switch to commercially prepared soy or rice milk, as I have found not a single manufacturer of those milks that doesn't include sea salt as an ingredient."

If they're using sea salt and just labeling it salt, that's wrong. Demand that it say "sea salt". I cannot afford allergic reactions that make me sick for eight hours.
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replied May 8th, 2010
I have been having a strange leg swelling since January which is not like regular edema. Only one calf swells and gets reddish, but the ankle and foot don''t swell at all. The only thing different in my diet or lifestyle is that I started using sea salt in January, and within just a couple of days the swelling started. It is painful. I never put the shellfish allergy that I have together with the sea salt, but I stopped using sea salt 24 hours ago, and am already having less pain and swelling. Coincidence or related? I''m not sure, but I believe sea salt should be labeled to warn of possible reactions if one has a shellfish allergy.
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replied May 27th, 2010
Sea Salt Reactions
It took be just a few times of eating prepared foods containing sea salt to realize it was the culprit for my stomach problems, itchy mouth and throat and conjestion. I have been allergic to seafood (fish and shellfish) for nearly 30 years. Because my seafood reactions I do not eat table salt or sea salt. The only salt I get is in prepared foods. I don't eat prepared foods often because I am also allergic to MSG in ALL its forms. I had the reactions after eating nitrate free bacon just twice. Bacon had never bothered me before! I was trying to be healthier but I will be forced to eat the bad bacon if at all. I too agree that products with sea salt should be clearly and appropriately marked.
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replied August 27th, 2010
Severe dry skin on eyelids, neck, forehead, scalp !
It is interesting to note the allergies to sea salt. I am have Severe Debilitating skin issues - dry, itchy cracked skin on my eyelids, back of ears, as well as neck. I also have his rash on the sides of my temples above my eyes.

I regularly see a naturopath, dermotologist and allergist - none have been able to help. I have been treated for yeast extensively...so I know it is not this. For awhile, I was thinking it may have been wheat (spelt), or tea that was causing the allergic reactions. I am lost!! and hope that sea salt may what is causing my problems... anyone have any thoughts?
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replied October 12th, 2011
Reply to Severe dry skin on eyelids, neck, forehead
In regards to the Severe dry skin on eyelids, neck, forehead. I have had the same allergic allergies to certain types of food as you have. I know your pain... I saw several doctors over the years, like you and none could solve the problem. My face got to looking really bad covered in dry eachy red inflamed rashes, to the point where I hated going any where and wanted to hide. It was awful.
I was referred to an allergy specialist Dr. Nonas. He found that I was suffering from eczema and found what was trigging my eczema. It was eating to many of the same ingredients day after day in my foods and I didn't even realize I was doing that.
He explained to me eventually the body reacts to it in the form of a rash. The body is kind of like a bank account it can only keep track of the ingredients you deposit for three days, then it forgets and starts all over agin. If you don't allow your self to eat the same type ingredients day after day then rashes will go away, because your skin will stop reacting to it. I have been eczema free now going on two years, with no medications. (By the way all of the medications the doctors gave me never worked) I don't eat the same foods every day, I mix them up thought the week and walla! Give it a try, it works!!
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replied September 17th, 2010
Sea salt is also naturally full of nitrites. That's why many "no added nitrite" products add either or both sea salt or celery extract. So people sensitive to nitrites have to watch out. They can trigger migraine headaches for some.
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replied September 23rd, 2011
Sea Salt Allergies
I too am allergic to Shell fish and fish in general and steer well clear, however I do like salt on my food and a couple of times have felt a bit iffy after eating. Just had a slice of toast, buttered with a sprinkling of sea salt crystals on... Oh dear... my mouth and throat started salivating something awful, I felt sick, dizzy and a little disorientated for about 10 minutes... must be the sea salt, going to steer clear from now on. Thanks for all the advice I have read on here.
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replied October 13th, 2011
Re: sea salt allergy symptoms
Bess, thanks for your insight, I was much the same, developed a shellfish/fish allergy suddenly at the age of 46, I steer well clear of anything fishy now - I had no idea about the sea salt until a couple of weeks ago, I love salt on everything but must of overdone the pure sea salt and became quite ill for about 6 hours... looked up to see if salt allergies existed, yep they sure do ! I agree sea salt packaging should have allergy awareness stickers on...

Blue lion lady

Bess wrote:
If you have shellfish allergies you might be having a reaction to sea salt.
Read this post from another forum. It's enlightening.

"I became allergic to shellfish at age 42 after eating a good deal of it in my adult life. Naturally I stopped eating it after that, which left me as a vegetarian, basically. Then I tried to eat mostly organic foods and found that if I ate prepared foods at health food stores or restaurants, I would frequently have the same reaction as though I had eaten shellfish.

I finally determined that the culprit was Sea Salt , and was informed by a doctor at the Mayo Clinic that sea salt contains "marine copolymers" (which another doctor told me was a fancy word for the microscopic shellfish that are contained in sea salt). So while I admire the properties of sea salt and all the wonderful things it can do for many people, I feel that those who are allergic to shellfish should be warned that sea salt may cause them to have allergic reactions. (In my case, that's a huge swelling of the glands in my neck, and lots of pain.)

I also avoid milk, but was unable to switch to commercially prepared soy or rice milk, as I have found not a single manufacturer of those milks that doesn't include sea salt as an ingredient."

If they're using sea salt and just labeling it salt, that's wrong. Demand that it say "sea salt". I cannot afford allergic reactions that make me sick for eight hours.
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replied December 23rd, 2011
I dont think ive got a shell fish alergy. But a few times now if ive eaten sea salt im serveerly sick within seconds of eating sea salt. not eaten shell fish for over a year and realy dont want to try, but i was wondering if i havent got a shell fish alergy why is it im sick when i even put one sea salt cristle into my mouth..
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replied December 30th, 2011
Shellfish allergy is the most common food allergy. Most of time shows that around 6 to 8% of adults have a Shellfish allergy. Shellfish is a basic sea food cuisines. The symptoms of shellfish allergy usually develop within minutes of eating shellfish. The symptoms of shellfish allergies are Hives, itching, nasal congestion and dizziness.
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replied February 2nd, 2012
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Dead Sea Salt for Skin Allergies
Using BOKEK - Dead Sea Salt is recommended for relief of allergic symptoms impacting skin.

A range of factors, such as, age, stress, sickness, chemicals and others, causes hypersensitive reactions on skin. The high the magnesium and bromine content in the Dead Sea Salt is beneficial for anti allergic due to its cleansing, detoxifying of skin together with providing smoothness and relaxation.
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replied April 17th, 2012
allergic reaction to dead sea salt
I am sorry but if I use anything with Dead Sea Salts in it I have an allergic reaction and it takes ages ( months ) to get rid of the flaky red and sore patches it causes. Stop telling people who are allergic to sea salt to use this product or any item that may contain any type of sea salt!!!!!!
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replied August 13th, 2012
Deadsea salt allergy?
I used Deadsea salt as a bath salt and hope to get rid off my daughter's eczema just last few days ago. But somehow after about 10 minutes in the bath, she started to have rashes all over her body that made her itch a lot.
I was fine when I used it, so not sure if it is allergy?

She had sea salt in her food before and I wasn't aware of any allergy reaction. But she had eczema since she was 2 and she is 4 and a half now the eczema never really go away and is getting worse.

Not sure if she has got this allergy for sea salt, can anyone help?
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replied June 27th, 2013
Seafood allergy, but also iodine allergy
All of you seem to be mentioning only an allergy to seafoods in connection with your reactions to sea salt. I and many others in my immediate blood family are actually allergic to IODINE, and as a result have allergic reactions to all seafood. So be sure to realize that iodine may be the culprit in some cases. My allergy has actually increased over the years, first being able to eat all kinds of seafood and then gradually becoming more sensitive, to the point where no seafood of any kind can be eaten. I even have to be sure that fries at fast food outlets are not deep fried in the same oil in which they have cooked their fish filet sandwiches, etc. etc. Olives and other things cured in a strong brine are also a problem for me. Thanks for this info about sea salt. I have been avoiding it, logically thinking that since it comes from the sea as does the seafood I used to love, I shouldn't eat it. Aren't allergies a pain?!
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replied October 5th, 2013
These posts re sea salt are very helpful to me. I am reacting to so many foods and additives as I age but the past yr or so, I have a severe swelling in the gland on the left side of my neck and the hard nodule that has formed there doesn't go away but recently I was so sick and the swelling was pressing on the leaders in my neck and I had to start eliminating foods to see if could find the cause. I stopped using Celtic sea salt about 3 days ago and the swelling is down almost to normal except for the hard nodule ...I am shocked that I did not know nor had I heard how sea salt can have such severe allergic reactions. I may have tohave the nodule removed but fornow..just getting the swelling down is such a relief. Thanks
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replied December 19th, 2013
I have a life-threatening allergy to sea salt within seconds of consumption (anaphylaxis reaction where my throat swells, bp drops, heart races, and I have difficulty breathing, etc.), and likely because of the shellfish connection--though I have other chemical/food allergies/sensitivities. I, too, have to avoid any prepared organic foods because it is very difficult to find organic brands that do not use it or don't have cross-contaminated "unsalted" versions of their foods. So, I cook mostly from home using organic produce and veggies that don't come from a box or package.

Unfortunately, they seem to be using sea salt more and more in foods that aren't even that "clean." Thankfully, it seems most places label sea salt as such rather than simply salt because it is widely seen as "healthier" (this is debatable) and more expensive.

How do you suppose we can start the push to have it labelled as an allergen?
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