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New Propel Not So Safe - Severe Dh And Digestive Issues

Posted by Carri Ninja, 16 February 2010 · 4,588 views

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So I heard that propel had some new flavors and have added extra vitamins to help hydrate! Just what every celiac needs - extra hydration - turns out to be not so great for me! I though it could be good. Propel has always been gluten free, and helped with my dehydration issues immensely! I usually get the little flavor packets to carry in my purse just in case.

Well I saw the new flavors and I grabbed the new peach one. It tasted a bit funny, so my son drank the rest of it. (I have learned if I don't like the taste don't eat/drink it because it usually means an allergy.) So we were at the store the next day and I grabbed a box of the propel packets. Cherry lime flavored this time. I read the ingredients on the box all seemed to be ok. I mix one packet with 20 oz of water and drink one a day, so it isn't real strong - thankfully.

The runny nose and overnight ear/nose/throat infection, severe cramps, feeling like I got hit by a truck, and you know the rest of the usual fun stuff, was my first clue that something was wrong. I got my antibiotic later that afternoon. (continued to drink the propel - still didn't know) Late that evening I was feeling super thirsty and so I made up a bottle. I drank the whole bottle with dinner. BAD! I spiked a fever of 103. My cheeks flushed bright red and the rest of me was ghostly white. My husband asked if I was OK and I said I was having a reaction to something.

He got me the usual arsenal of pills along with my antibiotic. The next morning I woke with my body covered in DH. Eczema spots the size of quarters on both elbows. I was really starting to worry. I had eaten different things that only I had prepared, so that amount of contamination was out of the question. I seemed to get a little better, until dinner time. I had prepared dinner and made a bottle of water.
About half way through the bottle I realized - oh duh I know right.

Anyways I did some reading. All of the ingredients were the same from the previous kind to the new kind EXCEPT for GUM ACADIA / GUM ARABIC !!!!! (same just dif name)
I have a severe allergy/intolerance to it come to find out.
So I decided to look and see if the not so wonderful peach flavor had it as well.
Nope, but even better it has MALTODEXTRIN!!

So I suggest to any of you who are propel fans - try with extreme caution. I thought I was being careful, but you just never know!

I am still covered in DH and have been for almost a week now. My skin is peeling like I have had a sun burn. I have been showering in baby oil to help. If anyone has any suggestions for home remedies I would love to hear it!! My husband and I are tired of feeling my sandpaper skin. My husband is very supportive, but it hurts him when I pull away. I cannot stand to be touched right now, it is hard to explain that to my 7 yr old. I hug him and hold him anyways, but it is making the peeling worse.

Thanks for reading.
Suggestions greatly appreciated!!

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I also got very sick on Propel recently. The ingredients looked safe, but I sure felt miserable. I even looked on the internet to see if Propel has gluten. Everything looked fine, but I know better. After several days of being sick and feeling better as soon as I quit drinking it...that is pretty obvious to me. Did you figure out what exactly makes us sick? I'm still learning...
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