Can a person be allergic to Sodium Chloride?

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Is Sodium Chloride allergy (IgE mediated) possible?

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  1. Jimmy-rigger Registered Member

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    https://sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S073567570800332X

    Maybe I am reading it wrong, but is this implying that she is allergic to sodium chloride? Since it mentions in the full text she did not react to the intravenous dextrose solution so now I am curious.

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  3. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    That's the way I read it, too.

    About what?
     
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  5. Jimmy-rigger Registered Member

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    If NaCl can even bind to IgE antibodies to cause an immune response.

    For example they say you cannot be allergic to glucose because it is way too small. Na+ and Cl+ are like 10 times smaller than glucose is.

    More over, does this woman not have any sodium chloride in her body?
     
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  7. mathman Valued Senior Member

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    Something is strange. Blood requires a certain level od sodium and chlorine ions for the bodies health. Also a normal diet includes salt in the food, even when no salt is added.
     
  8. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    On the last point, I'm sure she does have sodium chloride in her body. As I understand it, there is often a threshold for allergic reactions. So, less than a particular concentration of NaCl might be fine, but exceed that concentration and the body reacts. Maybe.

    Maybe this woman's body has unusually low natural NaCl levels for some reason, and she reacts to levels that would be normal for most other people.

    On the other hand, this sounds like a one-off report. We have no absolute way of knowing whether it was the NaCl or something else that was the problem in her case. I imagine this is a particularly rare kind of allergy, if it's real.

    As for the stuff about the ions being too small to cause an immune reaction, I think we need to wait for an answer from somebody who has more relevant knowledge than I do.
     
  9. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Very pleased to see Jimmy rigger is now banned as a sock of Gaiagirl, Frank Baker etc etc. The spontaneous combustion/exploding thymus gland obsessive.
     
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