Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Blistered, swollen lips; burning tongue, inflamed mouth

Two weeks ago, my wife decided to use Splenda ...
It took me about 5-6 days to get rid of the Splenda...
My tongue tingles and feels a little swollen...
I got a horrible sore on the inside of my mouth...

33 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am hooked on the drinking water Fruit 2'O which is sweetened with splenda. I drink at least four to five bottles a day. My tongue is always sore and the inside of my mouth is lined with small blisters and I know its from this drink but I cant stop drinking it. I can't eat any spicey foods or food that has any acid in it at all because it burns the inside of my mouth (even catsup) so bad because of the blisters. I am hoping one of these days I can break this habit of having to have it. My hair has also been falling out by the hands full and thats not normal for me. Has anyone else have any symptoms of hair loss from splenda.

Anonymous said...

Last week, I purchased a powdered SlimFast, because sugar was listed as one of the first ingredients, I didn't read all the way down the ingredients list to see aspartame listed. Sunday, I consumed a glass and then later that evening I also used a sample of mouthwash with aspartame and now I am experiencing the same oral symptoms from an artificial sweetner, aspartame. I am suffering! I haven't been able to consume anything without pain except for cottage cheese, milk, and water.

I woke up on Monday morning with huge swollen lips, a swollen tongue, and hives all over my mouth. I've never had this reaction before, and now I look for hidden artificial sweetners everywhere! Buyer beware. Even if it lists some sort of sugar on a product, keep reading, they still may add artificial sweetners.

I quit Splenda two months ago, and have seen excellent results. I no longer feel like I'm in a fog, and a long-time rash all over my body disappeared. Cutting out Splenda led to cutting out diet and regular soda, and high fructose corn syrup.

I now believe that a small amount of sugar or honey is much better for me than any artificial sweetener.

Anonymous said...

I just "google" symptoms burning tongue and lips I din`t expect to find anything but lord and be holed I found that many people are suffering from this. I actually believed that I was the only one with this awful burning sensation.
About three weeks ago I purchased a case of fruit flavored water it was on special I though why not I need to drink more water, I don`t care much for regular water.
I don`t know if it`s the flavored water or not but I`ve never had this problem before.
My tongue burning and my lips are on fire with blistered around them and I don`t need to wear lip stick because my lips are so,so read.
Now I`m going to stop drinking this stuff see if it help, I sure do hope so this is such a horrible feeling.
I will give it a few days and if the pain goes away I will let you know

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm. I just fixed my morning bowl of all bran, blueberries and splenda to sweeten. I have been on line looking up burning tongue for about 2 weeks now and this morning is the first time I thought, hey maybe Splenda??? So I googled Splenda and burning tongue and here I am!! I'll cut all artificial sweeteners and see if that changes anything. I have had such burning, nerve pain in my tongue!!! So discouraging, maybe this will work. Thank you for your site!!!!

Anonymous said...

I have been using Splenda for about three months. I put the brown sugar Splenda in the sweet pototoes for Thanksgiving and my mouth has slightly swallon on the inside and feels funny. That is it so dry that I can't get enough moisture in my mouth. Nothing taste good. I have no problem with the regular Splenda. What is the difference of the Brown Sugar Splenda and the regular Splenda?

Mark Yannone said...

Brown Sugar Splenda is just as bad as regular Splenda, but it contains brown sugar too.

Eileen C said...

I have had this problem with my mouth, tongue and lips for over three weeks. I stopped using Splenda and all other sweeteners two weeks ago. The symtoms have lessen but are not gone. I hope that in time this will clear up.

Mark Yannone said...

Note that lots of products have Splenda and sucralose (the generic term) in them.

Anonymous said...

I have trouble That I've attributed to sugar: it keeps we awake at night.
I've been tested for diabetes related conditions, and results are always good.
To help sleep at night, I sweeten with fake sugars. I'm a heavy consumer.
Diet Rite sodas have given me the extremely dry lips mentioned (listed as blistered lips. yes, mine will blister at the full perimiter of my mouth).
Lip ointments are of some help, but require constant application probably every half hour. Still, there is obvious blistering that others seem to notice without saying anything, just looking at my mouth in a perplexed way.

Also, for about 3 months, I used the no sugar lemonade in my drinking water. maybe it is the Citric acid?? but my teeth have significantly yellowed to the point it is affecting my smile.
I've stopped this lemonade, and brush after morning tea. Time to look at teeth whitening options.
(I made the mistake of harsh brushing as a kid *45yo now* and this has probably weakened my natural protection.
- my suggestion to others...floss often, brush lightly! (and now interested to learn of fake sugar/citric acid impact on tooth enamel.

Anonymous said...

Last week my mouth and tongue broke out with blisters. My tongue use to bother once in a while. I have been drinking ice tea that is sweetened with splenda. At lest 2 quarts a day. I have stopped drinking the tea. How long will it take to get my mouth back to normal ?

Mark Yannone said...

Two quarts per day is a lot, but you should see some improvement in a couple of weeks.

vermeulenhouse said...

I just found this forum trying to research why my 13yr. old sons lips are swollen and burning. He started to complain on saturday evening and it has been 4 days now. The only thing that was different on saturday is that he went swimming in a friends pool that had just been chlorinated. As I understand it, I may be wrong, Splenda bonds the chlorine molecule with sugar so that it passes through without being digested, or something like that. Could it be chlorine that is causing the swollen burning lips?

Mark Yannone said...

You would expect that other delicate tissues would also be affected by the swimming pool chlorine, especially the eyes.

Anonymous said...

I have been drinking the diet powdered lemonade with splenda and my tongue has been sore and sensitive for the last 3 months. Also my hair falls out in chunks and I have a lot of hair ... thank god so you can't notice.

I thought maybe I had anemia but after seeing these blogs I am almost certain that this is the cause. Plus the diet lemonade w/splenda has acid

Plus I used to eat spicy spicy hot food and I can't even have a taste cause my tongue hurts so bad all the time.

Anonymous said...

anonymus said:
I started taking splenda a while ago. I really taught I was doing the best to control my sugar level using splenda. For my own surprise, I started loosing my hair, I have now a terrible hair loss which I dont even now if I will ever be able to recuperate my long and thick hair again. I feel very depressed about this.

Mark Yannone said...

Give it a few weeks to leave your system. Let us know if your hair stops falling out and begins to regrow.

Anonymous said...

I recently started drinking flavored water with 0 calories, 0 sugar however it had the sweetner Splenda on one of drinks and the other drink had Aspartame in it. It's only been about two weeks and I woke up with a swollen lip and what appears to be a cold sore along with rashes around my mouth. This is the only thing that I've done diffrent. After reading these comments I'm guessing it's all due to the Splenda and Aspartame. Prior to this I NEVER ate anything or drank anything that contained these ingredients. As much as I like the flavored carbonated water it's just not worth the pain and how I look. IF ANYONE KNOWS OF A GOOD FLAVORED WATER WITH CARBONATION AND NO SPLENDA OR ASPARTAME, PLEASE RESPOND ON THIS WEBSITE. THANK YOU...

Mark Yannone said...

You're in luck! Look here!

Anonymous said...

Lately it seems that my tongue is swollen and inflamed. It's like when I talk my tongue rubs on my teeth and I am constantly licking my lips and when I drink liquids, my mouth, tongue and lips feel sensitive. Could this be Splenda. I have been using Splenda in my coffee for 3 months and felt this way off & on but lately it is getting more and more common. It scares me because I have never experienced this, but I am going to stop splenda.

Anonymous said...

last night before I went to bed and gargled with mouth wash mixed with hydrogen peroxide I was shocked that my mouth was so inflamed that I could hardly stand the pain. Yesterday I started drinking an adkins style meal replacement sweetened artifically. This morning I had the same reaction so badly that I'm up early at my computer googling inflamed mouth and this blog is what I see. I have been using Spenda for many years and have had mouth issues but never this bad. I'm THROUGH...this is all I had to see.

Anonymous said...

I am not convinced it's the cause but I suppose it's possible. Whatever is causing this, it's bad and becoming VERY common. I am trying everything to fix mine and not finding any hope. Most of what I read people have had this for years and been to many doctors. Please let me know if any of you figured out how to get rid of it.

Anonymous said...

I am a 16-20 pkgs of splenda each morning in my Venti Starbucks coffee. Recently the inside of my lips and tip of my tongue became red and had a burning effect. The tip of my tongue felt like I had eaten a piece of hot pizza (but hadn't). I started checking on line to find out why my lips & tongue were burning. That's when i discovered this site and the splenda issue. I still drink coffee and have cut way back on the splenda. I can't drink sugar because of the gastric bypass I had yeas ago. I don't drink alot of drinks with sweetner it it. If this is the culprit (splenda), is there something out there to relieve this condition? Is there anything out there that is safe to sweeten drinks with? If I take this issue to my Dr he's going to think I'm out of my mind. Help!

Mark Yannone said...

After all these years of Splenda sickness, your doctor shouldn't be at all surprised by your symptoms -- but you never know.

Good news! Stevia is a safe sweetener.

Anonymous said...

Unreal!!! I have been using Splenda for 4 years and was recently told I have IBS anyway a few days ago my tongue and lips started to burn so I googled it and low and behold here I am and as I can see it also causes all the symptoms of IBS!!

Anonymous said...

I have swollen lips, a burned-feeling tongue, and when I talk or chew, I drool. No blisters, but drooling is not good for a public speaker. This has been going for a several weeks since I returned from Italy. I usually avoid Splenda because of the after taste but that is what my friend had when I was staying with her. Could Sweet n Low have the same affect?

Mark Yannone said...

Sweet'N Low contains saccharin and dextrose. Splenda's toxic ingredient is sucralose. I haven't heard of saccharin and dextrose producing drooling or a burned-tongue feeling.

Anonymous said...

I switched to sugarfree thinking I would avoid getting diabetes. Now I have sensative tongue, swollen cheeks inside so that I am biting my cheeks when I eat. Why don't we ever hear about these side effects until it happens to us? HOw long does it take for the swelling to go away.

Mark Yannone said...

If you can avoid all of the 4000 products that now contain Splenda or sucralose (read those labels carefully), then you should see relief and healing in a few days.

Anonymous said...

A year ago I started having problems with dry mouth, to the point that my tongue became sore. At some point last year I also started using Splenda. Now for the 6th week I have experienced blisters, swolen and red gums.

Last night I finally put the two together. I have been searching the web most of the day and finally came across websites about Splenda Sickness. I pray that this is the answer to my prayers. No medicine the Dr. gives has gotten rid of the problem completely. It my get better but over night will get worse again.

I'm going to get off Splenda. The more I read about it, the more concerned I am.

Anonymous said...

recently i visited my mom in florida (for easter).she complained of a sore swollen tongue and that maybe it was this coffee that she had recently been buying ,by the cup .nowmore then a month later her stomach is hurting and there are some strange bowl movements,the blisters on her tongue became so bothersome she went to an urgent care facility the doctors had no idea what it was and she left thinking she should go to an emergency room,now that im reading all these problems that people are having and no real sulutions im very worried and scared even for my own family a daughter and husband...i hope this gets out to the news soon and we find a remedy..

Mark Yannone said...

We know what the remedy is: don't consume it. That's all.

Anonymous said...

I had been having trouble with a tooth ache, and started using mouth wash (dentist recomended) until I could get in to see the dentist. To my horror, I awoke with blisters on the inside of my top and bottom lips, an inflamed and blistered tongue, and an increase to the inflamation of the gums. The pain and discomfort rivaled if not surpassed the tooth ache! It is unreal! The doctor was perplexed. It was on here that I found the most likely cause. I have imediately stopped the rinse, and will use plain ole' salt water and malox. Thats not going to be fun, but hopefully, it will help.

Good luck to everyone.
Hugs.

Mark Yannone said...

After the blisters heal, use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash. A small swig right from the bottle is plenty. Swish for 20-30 seconds, spit, and rinse. Don't drink it. Just swish it thoroughly.