Fluoride allergy is rare, but can be very dangerous to people who have it which can be of mild to severe cases. The reaction takes place with topical and ingested fluoride. The immune system of an allergic individual perceives fluoride as potential harm to the body, producing antibodies to ward it off, thus the reactions.
What are the Main Symptoms of Fluoride Allergy
Fluoride allergy rash, atopic dermatitis, eczema
- Mouth lesions
- Joint pain
- Epigastric distress, upset stomach
- Fatigue, mental weakness
- Vision problems
- Swelling of mouth, tongue and face
- In extreme cases, a person might undergo anaphylactic shock, a condition where the body experiences shock and starts to shut down.
Stannous Fluoride Allergy
- Staining of the teeth caused by too much fluoride
- Can be controlled by brushing and can removed by a dentist
- Dentist may prescribe medication based on the extent of staining
Sodium Fluoride Allergy
- When used in small amount, no side effects are caused by sodium fluoride. When in extreme amount, severe allergic reactions are and not limited to rashes, hives, breathing difficulty, chest tightness, swelling of the mouth and face.
Treatments for Fluoride Allergy
- Antihistamines are commonly prescribed by doctors, usually takes effect in 15 minutes
- Prevention of foods with excess fluorides like sodas, bottled juices, processed cereals, chicken and fishes
- Avoid tap water which is rich in fluoride, instead choose distilled or reverse-osmosis bottled water