Fluoride allergy: Know the Signs, Symptoms and Treatment


For people with fluoride allergy, their immune system sees the fluoride as a harmful foreign body that needs to be dealt with.

Did you know a fluoride allergy caused by the fluoride in toothpaste and water might be the reason you might be feeling depressed and fatigued?

If you have a fluoride sensitivity, there are very high chances that your regular physician might not even notice it.

It might take the trained eye and honed skills of an allergist to single out the symptoms of the not so common allergy.

Fluoride allergy is not a new phenomenon. Doctors and allergists have been investigating the subject for decades.

In the 1950s, the renowned allergist George Waldbott discovered that some individuals are hypersensitive to ingested fluoride.

In a series of case reports and double-blind studies , Waldbott and other doctors found relatively small doses of ingested fluoride, including the consumption of fluoridated water, could induce side effects that would quickly reverse upon cessation of fluoride exposure.

A double-blind study is a type of clinical trial in which neither the participants nor the researcher knows which treatment or intervention participants are receiving until the clinical trial is over.

This makes results of the study less likely to be biased.

What’s more, consistent with Waldbott’s research, the largest ever US government-funded clinical trial of fluoride supplements reported that one percent of the children taking the 1 mg fluoride tablets exhibited hypersensitive reactions.

What are the signs and symptoms of a fluoride allergy?

For people with fluoride allergy, their immune systems sees the fluoride as a harmful foreign body that needs to be dealt with.

So, the immune produces antibodies to ward it off and this is how you get the reaction from the fluoride allergy.


Lessions in the mouth occassioned by Fluoride Allergy. PHOTO/COURTESY

Fluoride can be found in many dental products and tap water, but you can also find it in certain foods and drinks.

Here are the main signs and symptoms of a fluoride allergy.

  • Cuts or lesions in your mouth

  • Mild to severe headaches

  • Weakness in your muscles or joints

  • Joint and muscle pain.

  • Nausea, upset stomach

  • Feeling tired or mental weakness

  • Blurred vision or trouble seeing

  • Any swelling of your mouth, tongue, or your face

  • Emesis (nausea and vomiting)

In some extreme cases, fluoride allergy sufferers may experience an anaphylactic shock, which is a condition that causes your body to shut down.

How to treat a fluoride allergy

Antihistamines are commonly prescribed and it can take up to 20 minutes to take effect.

Importantly, try to steer clear from any sodas, juices that are bottled, processed cereals, chicken and fish. They can contain a high amount of fluoride and that can also trigger a reaction.

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By the same scale, avoid drinking tap water. Tap water is full of rich fluoride instead, drink bottled water or natural spring water.

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