Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Rash, itchiness

I was rushed to the emergency room...
Little did I know I was slowly poisoning my body...
My face was completely red and puffy...
I got an acne-like rash on my neck and forehead...
I felt kind of like I was spaced-out...
There oughta be a law!!!
I have been bothered by incredible itching and rash/hives...
My palms went from bad to worse

49 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ringing in my ears? Has anybody else had that? I have a rash and have given up Splenda.

Anonymous said...

I gave up using Splenda after about 6 months of using it and I have been off of it for about 2 weeks and have severe itching. I went to my internist and she said that I am stressed...I feel no stress at all just very itchy. I did break out in a rash all over my legs and forearms...the rash has disappeared but not the chronic constant itching.

Anonymous said...

I have broken out in rash on my forearms, neck, and it's spreading to my ears, abdomen, back and calves. I never used Splenda on a regular basis before and started after beginning the South Beach diet. Will give it up and hope the rash clears.

Anonymous said...

I developed a severe rash and hives on the fingers of my right hand, my left arm, around the neck and on my chest. The hives are extremely painful. The rash itches. Taking a lot of benadryl last couple of days. Had used Splenda sporadically when I thought of dieting, but since I drink mostly diet soft drinks, it wasn't very often. Have been trying to cut down on my soft drinks because of those health issues and switched to iced tea (and Splenda). This has been horrible.

etu1972 said...

I've had a recurrent rash on my fingers - blisters that itch greatly and leave the skin paper-thin with the onset of incidences after I began using Splenda. I've done two things that have eliminated the incidences: Quit Splenda and quit city water - chlorine suspected with both sources.

socalgirl70 said...

I've had a rash on and off ever since I started drinking coffee with Splenda. It covered my abdominal area and parts of my arms. It was VERY itchy and annoying (ugly too). I thought it was a reaction to the coffee itself but now I think it's the Splenda(3 packs in a Venti). I'll let you know if it goes away w/out the Splenda. Glad its not just me but worried about the long term.

Anonymous said...

I have been experiencing a rash on my back, chest and arms for well over 6 months now. It comes and goes. I went to a dermatologist and he thinks it's something I'm allergic to like detergent. But I've been using the same detergent for many years. After reading the comments here about Splenda I think this might be the culprit. About 8 months ago I started using it daily. My last visit with the dermatoligist he gave me a shot to clear up the rash and I have stopped using the Splenda since reading these articles. I'm hoping once the Splenda get's out of my system the rash and chronic itching will stop. I never would have thought that something that was suppose to be so good could possible be so bad for my health

Anonymous said...

I have had a terribly itchy rash on my back now, hips, and some on the abdomen for seven months. I've been to three dermatologists who have told me I have scabies (not true), Grovers disease, and then the third one said it wasn't Grover's disease. I'm waiting for the biopsy results to come back, but in the meantime ran across these Splenda rashes. I use Splenda, not much, but I do use it. I'm wondering if this could be the cause. I'll give it a couple of weeks without it and see if it goes away. Wish me Luck!

Anonymous said...

Itched all over and broke out in a rash and realized the only thing different was using Splenda. Quit Splenda and it is letting up Use Aveeno Shower and bath oil and it helps quickly.

Anonymous said...

I bought an off brand cola that I thought I would try it was much cheaper than the brand names. I drank one and went out shopping about 1 hour later I was burning up like I had a nasty sun burn. Went to the E.R. I had a fever of 104 and heart palpitations. They gave me Pepcid 25 mg of Pepcid and 1 Claritin tablet and within an hour my heart rate returned to normal and my red itching skin started to go away. Not realizing what had caused this episode I made a mistake of drinking another one of the discount colas the following day and started turning red within an hour. I am pretty certain it's the sucralose because I've never had it before in my life.

Anonymous said...

My daughter called from school to get permission to be administered Benedryl for itching/redness on feet, legs & hands around 10:00 on Monday... It happened again on Tuesday, same time. We examined her diet, soaps etc... nothing new except the yogurt drinks bought on Sunday that she was having in the morning at around 8:15 or 8:30 am. She purposely did not have one on Wednesday and no call from school. She had one this morning (Thursday) without our knowledge and low and behold a call from school at the same time as before around 10am -this time severe hives with itching and burning and redness on hands, feet, legs and up her right side/hip. I just read the ingred's on the 2 different brands of yogurt drinks and the same ingred in both is SUCRALOSE...... NO MORE FOR HER. I know I can't have Nutrasweet because I have severe headaches and have always told her to not eat any artificial sweetner, but as a 17 year old will do - she purchased these on her own and looks like she won't ever be having it again - THANK GOD.

Anonymous said...

I've noticed that if I have more than one soda with splenda in it, I end up with a rash from head to toe....lots of bumpy itchy patches starting on my face and spreading through the rest of my body.
I've also noticed that if I inadvertently consume something with a small amount of sucralose, that I have bloating, stomach cramping, diahrea, etc.

I also was having asthmatic reactions the last few times that I had a cold, and I was using splenda in my tea that I was drinking when I was sick. And I've lived 40 years without asthma so it was a real shock to be needing an inhaler. I haven't needed an inhaler since I quit using splenda.

How come this information isn't out there?

Mark Yannone said...

The information is out there now, thanks to you.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I have been a Splenda user for YEARS after changing my lifestyle and eating habits. Two months ago, I was having acne problems at the age of 31. If I went a few days with little or no Splenda, my skin cleared up. Hmm, right? So, I gave up Splenda. Presto, my skin cleared! Three days ago, I decided to try Splenda again. BIG MISTAKE. I have the itchiest rash with big red splotches from my jaw and neck down to my chest. The ONLY thing I've done different is put Splenda back into my diet. Never again. . . I hope this helps someone else to choose Not to Use!

Anonymous said...

After switching from sugar to using Splenda in his coffee, my husband came down with a horrible itchy rash on his forearms that even steroids wouldn't keep at bay.
But it took us a while to figure out what the problem was and of course a biopsy showed nothing.
He gave up the Splenda, but the rash didn't totally subside until he began taking Zinc tablets orally and using calamine lotion for the itch which also contains zinc oxide.
I ate sugar free ice cream made with Splenda and had got a horrible case of the trots from it too.
I can't believe the TV commercials are really pushing it to give to children.

Anonymous said...

I have been using Splenda now for about four months and have been having really bad rashes, shortness of breath, sleeplessness, joint pain, neck pain and muscular aches. I only became aware of the "Splenda" issue after a friend told me that I should check out some of the Splenda toxicity reports circulating around the internet. I am SHOCKED at the vast number of reported and documented problems that some people have experienced as a result of their intake of Splenda. I, for one am going to stop taking this stuff and go back to sugar..... the risks associated with ingesting Splenda outweigh the extra calories in sugar. I'd rather be able to breathe, work out and run without complication.

Anonymous said...

About 3 weeks ago I began waking up with a rash\hives all over my body. Especially on my legs and arms. Everyday the hives have been getting worse. now I am getting them on my hands neck face and feet. The hives make my skin feel hot and itchy. The only this That I have done different was using Splenda as a sugar substitute. I started using splenda regularly 3 weeks ago. I put it in my coffee, oatmeal etc...
I researched this on the web by searching for words like "splenda,allergy" and "splenda,rash" It is unbelievable the amount of reports I found on the web about this. I can't believe that with so many reports of negative reactions to this chemical it is still on the market. how come no one is doing anything about this?

Anonymous said...

I have had a rash and burning skin on my legs and arms for about 3 months now.I started useing splenda about the same time. I have seen my doctor twice. He has me on steriods and some creams. My wife saw this about splenda , and it all makes sense. No more splenda. I hope it works.How long till I see the rash go away???

Mark Yannone said...

Most people recover from Splenda in less than two weeks.

Write back and let us know how long your recovery takes.

Gilda said...

Last year around this same time I woke with my right eye swollen shut. It was from hives above my eye. I have had hives on my neck and itchiness on my face on and off since then. Well today, I experience the hives near my eye again and I decided to look up caffeine allergy. The hives seemed to always appear after my evening coffee. Lo and behold I see all this info on Splenda and hives! I have been loading my drinks with Spenda for a long time and never knew that this was causing the hives. Also, I have been having short term memory loss! I am really upset that this stuff is still on the market!

Anonymous said...

Hi- I have been dealing with what the docs diagnosed with "eczema" since 2001. I have been using splenda more within the last two years and my rash comes and goes but seems to be getting worse. It starts with itchiness then it appears dry red bumps that itches like no other. I have been having anxiety along with the rash and feeling like my heart is flutering. I also have cramping and a sense of restlessness in my legs. I am wondering if this is due to splenda, I am hoping so. I have already decided to stop splenda right now, just in case. I have been taking a lot of medication 3 different antihistmaines plus immunosuppressants and nothing so far has worked. I had allergy testing and I am allergic to corn and eggs so I have been avoiding those, but still this rash is on my arms , hips, legs, and back. Nohing is taking it away. Does this sound like anyone elses reaction to splenda???

Mark Yannone said...

Most of what you describe has been reported by many others. See above.

Anonymous said...

I've had a rash since SEPTEMBER! I've been in treatment since November...but nothing has worked. Am taking a double doze of Allegra and an antibiotic (which caused a host of other problems...). I didn't put this together until this morning when I googled "splenda/rash" and found this. My rash was nearly clear, but the itching never stopped and is most intense in the evening. I haven't had any Splenda since Monday night and it's now Friday. Still itching tho.

Nightstart said...

Purchased a fruit juice containing Splenda. Started to get a rash on my legs and thought it was just dry skin due to winter's low humidity. The rash spread over both legs, arms and portions of my chest and back. Now I realized the heart palpatations were a side effet of Splenda too. Stopped drinking the juice and have been applying Cortisone cream. This has helped to relieve the itch and the rash is going away.

Anonymous said...

I am a diabetic. I have been using Splenda for many years. I have it in everything; diet bars, soft drinks, ice cream. I drink about a half-gallon of Kool aid everyday, made with Splenda.

I got a rash on my arm in Oct 2007. It started spreading. I went to the doctor who gave me an ointment to try. It didn't work! I went to another doc who tried me on a different ointment. It too didn't work. He made me an appointment to see a dermatologist. But, the appointment was 2.5 months away and I was bleeding since I was scratching so much! Mysteriously, the rash disappeared about two weeks before the dermatologist appointment so I canceled it. Just after the appointment would have happened, the rash came back with a vengeance! It was on both arms, all over my stomach and behind both knees! Suddenly, I realized that I had stopped drinking coffee twice and the both times that I did is when I got the rash. I started back drinking 1 cup of regular black coffee (with caffeine) and my rash disappeared in a few days.

I haven't stopped drinking or eating Splenda. I'm not saying it couldn't be a cause for others, but I have ruled it out for me since I started getting the rash 5 months ago but have been using Splenda for probably about 10 years without incident.

I hope you're fortunate enough to figure out what is causing your rash. If in doubt, see a dermatologist.

-Conic Ellipse

j said...

About a year ago I had developed a rash around my wrists and ankles. I spent days trying to figure out what soaps I may have changed, shampoo's, detergent or whatnot.
Then one night while driving, I had on the Dr Dean Edell Show and they were discussing Splenda.
Well I had, at that time, recently started using Splenda products (in my coffee, soda, and candy) and I stopped using it that night.
Within 2 weeks all the rashes were gone and I felt overall better...not realizing I also had headaches and an uncomfortable feeling. About a month later, the rashes re-appeared. I could have sworn they were from the Splenda. I had stopped taking any form of it,...or so I thought.
I had recently just started using a Vanilla Flavor national brand toothpaste...and GUESS what was in the ingredients...Sucrolose (Splenda). I stopped using that and then THOSE rashes went away.
I then called Splenda, and I talked with the operator and she re-assured me (in MANY different ways) how safe Splenda was. I told her I didnt care, I just wanted to know if there was any LONG TERM affects I needed to look out for.
She then transferred me to a "Doctor" on the Splenda staff. The Splenda Doctor then proceeded to ask me all sorts of medical history questions..then SHE proceeded to tell me how safe Splenda is.....
So I never did get my question answered about long term effects..I guess I will just keep reading up on it to keep an eye out.

Anonymous said...

Can this be?? I have had a recurring rash mostly on my legs for 2 whole years. I've seen my PCP, two dermatologist and an allergy/asthma specialist who's supposed to be the best around, and nothing. It has now spread to my stomach and arms and it's affecting every aspect of my life. What kind of doctor would I have to see to this diagnose a food allergy and/or sweetener reaction? No-one has ever mentioned anything like this in the 2 years I've been trying to find answers. Should I see a neurorlogist, immunologist, a different allergist???

Mark Yannone said...

Before you make an appointment with another doctor who can't help you, just discontinue the use of Splenda for a few weeks and see if your rash clears up. Avoid products containing sucralose.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I've been having rashes on my legs almost monthly for about 6 months. Then around Christmas I got really sick with a rash, bad reflux, insomnia, shortness of breath, achy muscles. I went to the dr after a couple of weeks and she ran a bunch of tests and told me to live a healthier lifestyle. I got better for a while, then last week my rash came back and I started waking up in the night again. When I found all these responses when I googled my symptoms, I knew that had to be my problem. Around Christmas I drank a lot of tea sweetened with Splenda and did some baking with it, too. I drank tea sweetened with it last week, too. No more!

latebralascivio said...

I started use Splenda a lot all at once as I went on a low-carb diet and immediately horrible acne all over my upper back. It hurt and bleeds when scratched, and when I stopped using Splenda it completely eased up. I din't make the connection and started using it again and the acne got really bad within the day. Connection made! Our bodies are primitive, don't put wierd chemicals in them!

Anonymous said...

I have had ringing, rushing sound in ears. Itchiness all over, heart palp. and many of the symptoms listed- I almost feel addicted to the stuff- anyone else feel like it is hard to stop using?

Mark Yannone said...

Addiction to Splenda is a side effect I have not heard before.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy that I found this site!!! I have spent over $200 in the last few days buying allergy medicine with absolutely no change. I have been seen by doctors who I am beginning to think I am nuts. It is going to take 10 months to get into an allergist. I have had swelling in my eyes, lips and all my finger joints. The last week I have had severe pain in my arms. The hives have felt like I have had glass in them and then I get huge lumps under mys skin. I have felt tired but then again I don't sleep because I am scratching. I never use to put anything in my coffee but since I have been trying to loose weight putting artificial sugr in my coffee waqs to help with my sweet tooth. The coffee place here uses Splenda. I will definately stop usuing Spenda. Is there an alternative that is safer or just say No to all of them?
I no longer feel like I am a nut case. Thank you!!!!!!!

Mark Yannone said...

Yes, Stevia is an alternative sweetener. It's available in grocery stores now.

Lora said...

I think Splenda was causing a strange thing that recently happened to me on 2 different occasions. I had an unusual, dull cramping feeling in my abdomin and within seconds of the pain starting I started feeling a tingling on my cheeks and around my ears. It spread to my whole face and my face and neck became bright red and hot. These symptoms subsided slowly over about 10 minutes. I have stopped using Splenda since the last time I had an episode it was just after drinking a diet soda containing Splenda. I have to say it was very scary to have that sort of thing happening and I could't find anything on the internet about it. I just happened to think that maybe it was the Splenda and stopped.

Anonymous said...

Wow, so interesting.

I'm now 35 and never ever had skin issues. About 6 months ago, I started getting what the Dermatologist thought was eczema on my face. It has gotten worse over the last couple of months and the only thing that would work was this expensive steroid cream. I recently started going over everything in my life that changed around the time the eczema started showing up and the only thing I could pinpoint was that I started drinking copious amounts of Pepsi One which is sweetended with Splenda. I actually started drinking it rather than Diet Coke because I wanted to avoid Aspartame.

When I found this blog and many other like it other there, a lightbulb went off in my head. I'm almost now positive Splenda was the culprit. I'm going to stop today and then report back after two weeks and let you all know my results.

Lance and DK said...

thank you lord for leading me to this blog site. i have been suffering from a rash for six weeks now, and three different doctors have not been able to do a thing for it. it started on my elbows and knees, moved to my arms and thighs and calves, then to my abdomen and back. the itching is worse at night with red welts covering different areas each night. prednisone and itch creams have not done a thing but help me gain 5 pounds. i have had heart palpatations and higher blood pressure than usual. i will stop my splenda use immediately and continue to monitor this bog. it is my prayer that all of you get well because i know that if you are suffering the irritation that i am you are miserable.

Anonymous said...

Have been using Splenda about a year now and recentley have skin problems/rash/eczema on back legs and face, arms and neck. Puffiness around eyes and constant scaling of the skin in these areas. It seemed be triggered by a medium sunburn to the face abt Sep 12, it is now Oct 15.Doc said he thought it an allergic reaction and prescribed prednisone. Symptonms got worse and doc thought it a reaction to the prednisone.(skin rash can be a side effect). I use 2 packets of splenda in coffee in a.m. Could the reaction to splenda be a buildup of use over 6 mo to a year? I have had skin problems for most of my life and am 68 yrs old... Maury

Mark Yannone said...

One way to test the effect of Splenda is to discontinue using it. If the symptoms disappear in a couple of weeks and reappear when you use Splenda, then you've likely found the culprit.

HBee said...

For the past four days now I have had this strange itching that when scratched turns into a bumpy hive which in turn itches and burns even more. I have experienced this on my back, chest, legs, arms, hands, and ears. The strange thing is that after about 10 minutes or so the itching subsides and the hive disappears. I have also noticed that if somthing scratches or rubs the skin it will react tturn into a hive as well. I'm not sure if this is connected but I have also had a constant headache since this itching started. If anyone has experienced these symptoms and found them to be from Splenda, PLEASE let me know! I'm going crazy trying to figure it out! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I started L.A Weightloss program one year ago. I subsatuted sugar with Splenda. Started with itchy palms in middle of night, then rach on legs and arms, then centre of body and face. NO SLEEP, hair loss, freaking out at everyone and myself, I thought I was CRAZY. Dr gave me predazone and it helped only one the last day I took it, gained 7 pounds. rashed continued went to ER they gave me a shot of Benadryl and my lips swelled up. Was later sent to an allergy Dr., he told me I was having a food allergy, I noted all foods eaten and quit condaments like sugar salt and sauces. Adding one back at a time I was fine until I used SPLENDA. Quit the splenda but every now and then when I eat something with high amounts of sweetner in it I have a reaction(hives). SPLENDA had ruined my tollerance to sweets THANKS alot.

Anonymous said...

I find the most unfortunate thing about Splenda is that people are using it for baking and not telling the eaters. My 3 year old son has a swollen, hurting, itchy rash that came upon him hours after eating two cookies baked with it. I wish I had caught on to it spreading, I would have used the activated charcoal sooner. Our relative did not bake cookies to hurt anyone, but be cautious about eating that baked sweet. It is not worth the suffering. As usual, the makers are greedy and even though they see people suffering attacks, they won't take it off the market.

Anonymous said...

Wow, i have recently had two episodes of flushing, elevated BP, nausea, cramping, palpitations, after using the new Splenda flavors for coffee. (Just getting over one as we speak) I had no idea. Anyone else have this issue with this product?

Anonymous said...

Like many of the others who have left their comments here I have had a serious bout with a terrible reaction to Splenda. I had just started the LA Weight Loss Diet and began using splenda in my coffee & drinking powdered drinks containing splenda. The result was an unbearable rash on my stomach and actually entire torso. I had to scratch so much that I have been left w/ scars. My Dr. couldn't figure it out so I went online searching symptoms. I was so relieved when I figured out that I was highly allergic to Splenda! I quit using it and miraculously the horrible rash eventually went away. My Dr. has since told me there were several other patients of hers that ended up suffering as I did from a simple allergy to Splenda. I will NEVER touch the stuff again!!!

Anonymous said...

i AM DIABETIC and have used Splenda over three years but in moderation as i was on Atkins diet, then changed to calorie counting adding lots of other foods and my feet started itching and burning with under the skin rash, then my thighs and arms got involed and a rash appeared with intense itching. I have had all kinds of rashes and allergic reaction but NEVER one like this one. My allergist said it looked like echzema, gave me a super expensive foam steroid, antihistamine plus not using any chlorinated water for bathing. I am allergic to drinking faucet water, get cramps and diahreah...I tried to think of anything that could be causing rash as I am used to searchng for cuases of my allergies. teh only out of ordinary change was the use of multiple splenda products, all my condiments frm kethcup to syrup were low carb with splenda, ice-cream, soda etc etc.....then I read of the connection of splenda and chlorine and this blog....i will NEVER use splenda again.....its been a week and rash slwoly going away, it really scres me that people are unaware of the POSSIBLE connections with Splenda. I beleive it may be ok for some but others may be sensitve to it and that needs to be publicised!anonymous

Anonymous said...

DARN IT! I took Splenda out of my diet over a year ago because of these mystery rashes on my arms, and of course they cleared up in a week or two when it got out of my system. About a week ago I started getting acne on my cheeks, and normally I have great skin, and I thought this was weird but thought nothing of it, prehaps it was from the sweating at hot yoga. Then yesterday I noticed a red patch on my chest, and thought that was odd, and it was still there this morning, so I started thinking about what I was eating and I figured it out. My delicicous oh so good tasting FIBER ONE cereal has Splenda in it, 11 mg per serving, and then I discovered that the apple pie my brother's mother-in-law baked for me had Splenda in it. So who knows how much Splenda I have been getting from that. Why are they putting artificial sweetener in cereal and so many products???? I am so so disappointed, I thought I was doing something good for my body with the Fibre ONE cereal, it has 52% of daily intake. Just when I thought there was finaly a tastey way to get fiber, it is back to All Bran. :( I am just so ticked that splenda is showing up in everything, and don't get me started on asparatame, i throw up at the mere smell of that stuff. Clearly this stuff is not good for the human body.

Urban Cynic said...

Wow; I'm really glad I came across your blog; I googled 'rash on arms upon waking' & your site came up.

For 2 days I have been waking up with a rash on my inner arms & a blotchy face - I've only just connected it, but 2 days ago I started drinking Sainsbury's Be Good To Yourself apple juice (2 for 1.. damn!)I just went to look at the ingredients - Sucralose!

I'm not drinking any more & I'll see what happens.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I am just blown away here - I have two different symptoms. One an area on my neck behind my ear that is very itchy welts that come and go. I don't eat that many diet products but do use Splenda once in a while - I have been suspicious of it and will stop it right now after reading this site & others. The more serious issue and one I haven't seen here is what they call granuloma anulare (spelling?) (red rings of sometimes itchy bumps); no known cause or cure but 'auto-immune'- usually disappears in 2 years. I started with one eruption on my left calf about the time I started using Splenda 5 years ago. They did a biopsy (negative) but then it jumped over to my right foot and I have what looks like this: C8. It didn't go away in 2 years as they said it usually will and is still there 5 years later. (only blessing is it is not all over my body like for some).Any possible association reported with Splenda/chlorine? I won't use steroid cream - doesn't help anything anyway - Most other creams burn it. I have found tea tree oil really helps when it is itchy and it doesn't burn. I also use it on the patch behind my ear and it helps temporarily. I would be so grateful to know what this wierd stuff on my foot is - how to get rid of it - but even if not, the much more itchy thing sounds like classic Splenda, so at least one mystery is solved. I am really confident of this - but will report back. Thank everyone so much for sharing your experience - 'misery loves company'.

Anonymous said...

I had some leftover Splenda that I used to make a cake for my diabetic adult son and used it in my coffee. I had hives down my left arm, shoulder, the left side of my abdomen and neck for the past week and a half. I didn't feel like having my usual nightly coffee with Splenda in it one night and skipped it. I woke up the next morning almost completely hive free. I wasn't really sure that was it until I found this web site. I will never use or eat Splenda again.