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Mineral water causing sinus pain?

Commented on December 16, 2017
Created July 27, 2011 at 2:18 PM

I thought I was getting this sinus pain in the afternoon from spices that chicken was cooked with (I don't cook it, I buy it already cooked). But then I did a little experiment and it seems that the cause is more likely the mineral water I am drinking. Has anyone heard of a reaction like this?

It is Nestle mineral water and the composition is so (all #s are mg/litre):

Calcium 43.8 Magnesium 25.5 Sodium 5.9 Potassium .5 Chloride 7 Sulphate 8 Alkalinity (CaCO2) 203 Nitrate <.3 Fluoride <.2 Total dissolved solids 225 pH 4-5 Iron <.02 Aluminium <.1

Any ideas what might be causing such a reaction?

Thanks.

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on December 16, 2017
at 04:34 AM

Thought I'd share my Sparkling Mineral water adverse reaction.. but it seems mine is specifically to one particular brand!! Recently I thought drinking San Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water from Glass Bottles was good for me & healthy, and so i just recently started drinking it with dinner... but shortly afterwards when sitting & relaxing after dinner I started to itch really bad all over, especially my hands got swollen and a bit red & VERY itchy, with some generalized itching all over.. at first I thought it was something I ate.. but then it starter happening more frequently ... & suddenly I noticed a pattern, that my itching attacks happening the nights I consumed large glass of San Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water... so I checked my symptoms with my good friend "Dr. Google" & found I'm not alone with these allergic type reactions to drinking the brand "San Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water":... along with feeling a little headachy & sinus congestion too... I know my symptoms are not caused by drinking from plastic or from aluminium cans because I'm drinking it from GLASS bottles... so then it has to be caused by something they're adding? Something about the ingredients/types of minerals &/or quantity of each ingredient/ minerals that's causing my allergy... in any case, when I took 2 Benedryls with filtered spring water my itching & other symptoms greatly subsided,  thankfully... so I'm wondering if I'm allergic to Sulphate SO4 2- ?? After checking their ingredients noticed Sulphate is listed?? Hmmm...and I noted i don't have these reactions when drinking plain Seltzer or club soda. . I'll have to do some research to see if this is the cause for me... but wondering if anyone else is experiencing itching after drinking San Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water?

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on January 09, 2014
at 09:12 PM

I get headaches from mineral water too, but never from sparkling water, which I drink regularly.

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on August 30, 2012
at 03:35 AM

River water often has around 50mg/L or more of magnesium, calcium etc, although possibly is the trace flouride or sulphates...

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(1724)

on August 30, 2011
at 09:29 AM

Thanks. I have no problem with cheapo soda water, so I don't think it's the carbonation (in fact, I prefer mineral water because the carbonation is less). It must be the minerals. I have found one brand that doesn't cause the problem. Of course, it's the most expensive in town.

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on August 24, 2011
at 07:19 PM

I LOVE Apollinaris, I'll have to try and duplicate your results.

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on August 24, 2011
at 06:28 PM

Green tea is very high in Fluoride.

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on July 28, 2011
at 07:21 AM

yes, that's pretty much the reaction I have, though I'm usually spared the actual headache, TBTG. I don't get it from soda water, but that has so much carbonation I don't really like it as much.

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on August 24, 2011
at 06:27 PM

I get headaches if I drink a large bottle of mineral water. I've replicated this with Gerolsteiner, Apollinaris and Perrier. I think the mineral content is in excess of what we've evolved to rehydrate with. It's also possible that it's the carbonation/acidity (naturally-occurring or not) that has this effect. I never get headaches otherwise, so this effect definitely stood out to me.

You might want to halve the amount of mineral water you're drinking and replace it with spring water. When I do this, I experience no ill-effects.

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on August 24, 2011
at 07:19 PM

I LOVE Apollinaris, I'll have to try and duplicate your results.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on August 30, 2011
at 09:29 AM

Thanks. I have no problem with cheapo soda water, so I don't think it's the carbonation (in fact, I prefer mineral water because the carbonation is less). It must be the minerals. I have found one brand that doesn't cause the problem. Of course, it's the most expensive in town.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on August 30, 2012
at 03:35 AM

River water often has around 50mg/L or more of magnesium, calcium etc, although possibly is the trace flouride or sulphates...

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on August 07, 2013
at 11:11 PM

I've been suspecting that mineral water gives me headaches and found this thread when I was searching for it. Good to know others have noticed this too. I'll have to try just sparkling water to see if I have the same results.

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(40)

on January 09, 2014
at 09:12 PM

I get headaches from mineral water too, but never from sparkling water, which I drink regularly.

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on August 03, 2013
at 02:37 PM

I have just noticed after drinking spring water that I get intense red flushing and heat in my face, arms and shoulders. I am very allergic to sulfa drugs, so maybe there is a connection? It's very bizarre, have never had it happen before these recent two times. I also had to stop drinking green tea because of headaches, but things are way better now without it.

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on November 24, 2012
at 02:44 AM

Funny, the first time I drank mineral water, I got a horrible headache!!! My first time was at 35 years old. Never got the headache again. Same thing happened with my 10 year old son. Horrible headache at first - then he loved the stuff with no headaches.

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on August 30, 2012
at 02:43 AM

I have been noticing headaches after drinking mineral water. I also read that mineral water has sulfa compounds in it and, well, I'm allergic to sulfa. Any chance you're allergic to sulfa, too?

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on August 25, 2012
at 09:26 PM

I have noticed with this pregnancy I am getting horrible headaches after drinking mineral water. I posted it and found this thread.

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on July 27, 2011
at 05:14 PM

I don't drink mineral water, but I get sinus pain from drinking certain green tea. I've gotten it from different brands, so I don't know if it's an additive or if it's the actual tea that does it. Herbal teas and black teas do not cause the pain.

After drinking it (sometimes immediately, sometimes an hour or so later), I'll get an intense feeling of congestion in my sinuses along with dry eyes and usually a headache follows. I have stopped drinking green tea as I am satisfied drinking other types of tea that don't give me this issue.

8c5533ffe71bd4262fedc7e898ead1ba

(1724)

on July 28, 2011
at 07:21 AM

yes, that's pretty much the reaction I have, though I'm usually spared the actual headache, TBTG. I don't get it from soda water, but that has so much carbonation I don't really like it as much.

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on August 24, 2011
at 06:28 PM

Green tea is very high in Fluoride.

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on July 27, 2011
at 02:31 PM

I drink lots of mineral water and I have never had a reaction like that.

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