This is THE most awesome thing about having this blog: I get to help people :-) Here's an e-mail I received from a reader:
"I have been diagnosed with a propylene glycol skin allergy. I have had bowel and vaginal problems all of my life, I am looking for information on propylene glycol food allergies, symptoms, and lists of foods that contain them. I am 60 years old. I have had irritable bowel for over 30 years. I also have vaginal lichen planus which is an autoimmune disease. It causes pain and dryness in my vagina, sex is almost impossible. After I started reading your blog and looked at the links I made a horrific discovery. Although I do have some of the skin things like having my arm turn red a giving my dog a bath with a health store brand shampoo and had trouble breathing after inhaling a bathroom disinfectant spray laced with PG, I have had food allergies all of my life and many of the items on these pages were the same items.I have reflux, arthritis and recently two back surgeries. Turns out the Tylenol that I live on and another med I take is laced with PG. This past week I have been so sick to my stomach, headaches, dry mouth, burning tongue and constant belching. I got sick the other night after eating a banana and remembered that sometimes they spray bananas with PG so that they don't ripen. Also I have been troubled drinking milk all of my life, the information about the cows being sprayed with PG really interested me. I decided to to check all of the stuff I use and found that many of the creams, mouth wash, and foods also had it. I have stopped two of the meds until Monday when I talk to my gastro, hoping that some of the symptoms will calm down. Thanks so much, you have really brightened my day."