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Bromide Detox Rash

January 8, 2010

Well now that I have some pages online about the iodine protocol I guess I’ll just jump in on the blog posts in no particular order LOL  My iodine supplementation has been all over the place since last February as I have worked through various issues.  During the summer at one point I was as high as 100 mg of Iodoral.  I reduced my dose after a trip I took and now have been slowing working my way back up.  A couple weeks ago I went from 25 mg up to 37.5 mg and a few days later started to develop and ugly rash on my chest.  Since I have been dealing with a Candida skin issue that is fading slowly I thought it may be related because it itched really bad.  After a few days though I began to think maybe this is a bromide reaction so I decided to salt load.  I take about 1/2 tsp Celtic salt every day plus a little on food as my base, although I don’t eat hardly anything processed and don’t add much salt to what I eat so I was only getting a tiny bit above 1/2 tsp.  Dr. Brownstein recommends 1/2 tsp and generously on food as a base.

So to start the salt loading for this bromide I upped that to 1  1/4 tsp.  Today is the third day so I haven’t taken the full amount yet today as I split the salt through the day so basically 2 1/2 days now the rash is almost gone.

I took this photo before I started to salt load figuring most people had never seen a bromide rash.  Pretty gross looking!  It was what I would call a wet  rash in that there was a little weeping from each little spot.


I thought that I was taking enough salt to not have any problems at a 37.5 mg dose, but I had been hand packing OO caps because I couldn’t find my Cap-m-Quick and I could get quite a lot of salt into each cap.  Then I found the Cap-m-Quick and didn’t realize how much less salt I was getting in each capsule.

  1. January 12, 2010 6:15 pm

    This is similar to what my rash looks like but worse. Mine has had some weepy spots as well. It’s VERY itchy. It’s driving me crazy.

  2. January 12, 2010 11:32 pm

    Yeah the itching was bad but after 2 days at 1 1/4 tsp salt and then 3 days at 1 tsp it’s all gone. 🙂

  3. PAW permalink
    February 18, 2011 12:43 am

    This reminds me of what I had last summer. I knew nothing about iodine or bromide yet at that time. I have always used a lot of supplements. Interestingly, this kind of thing happened after I started using a lot of tincture of iodine on my skin for some tiny blemishes. They got worse and worse til I finally used baking soda paste on them. I wonder if I unknowingly was causing a bromide detox! Could tincture of iodine work similarly to Lugol’s or Iosol, or is it a case of organic iodine vs. inorganic? Anyone know?

    • February 18, 2011 2:43 pm

      Any kind of iodine can flush out bromide, how much iodine it takes is a very individual thing. Some people can take a lot of iodine before ever seening signs of bromide toxicity. The more bromide there is in your body the quicker you are likely to see signs of it coming out with smaller amounts of iodine.

  4. Alli permalink
    November 3, 2011 4:43 pm

    So glad to have found others to “commisserate” with on the Bromide rash!
    I have them on my upper arms & elbows and they are so itchy they drive me CRAZY!
    I just want to scratch my skin off my arms!
    They also come & go on other parts of my body too; buttocks, legs, forearms. It is the weidest thing, but the upper arms and elbows itch continuously. Wow, didnt know I was so bromide toxic!

  5. Christine permalink
    February 8, 2012 8:39 pm

    Mine appeared on my face! It was between my eyebrows and extended about 2 inches up. After 2 weeks, it wasnt getting much better, even with salt loading, so I did a search and read that apple cider vinegar could help. I put it on a cotton ball, put it on the rash and taped it in place for 1 hour. I did this 2 times a day. After removing the cotton ball, I rubbed coconut oil on the area. In 2.5 days, the redness was gone and it had completely dried out. I exfoliated the area and the dry patch just peeled away exposing smooth, soft, and completely healed skin 🙂 I also upped my zinc intake since it assists with healing.
    Salt is very important yes, but if the rash is on your face, you need (and want) it gone fast! I hope this helps someone.

  6. Eva permalink
    March 27, 2013 4:21 pm

    So, is it a bad thing or is it because the iodine is working and to keep up with your iodine intake?

    • March 27, 2013 5:04 pm

      It won’t hurt you, but it is uncomfortable and itches like crazy 🙂 it just lets you know that you are pushing out more bromide than the normal detox pathways can handle and you should lower your iodine intake temporarily and then build back up to a higher dose again

  7. August 7, 2013 9:58 pm

    I know this is off topic, but I’m having severe edema in my ankles and calves! The bottoms of my feet are also hot and burning feeling. I’ve been taking 5 drops of Lugol’s with all the recommended supplements, and 1 tsp of Himalayan Sea Salt sole. I also take Terry’s Naturally Thyroid Care- 1 capsule a day. Is edema part of this detox too and the whole feet thing? Being so swollen makes me instinctively want to cut back on the salt, but ya’ll seem to be taking quite a bit. Anyone wanna help me out here??? PLEASE!

    • August 8, 2013 12:05 am

      I would immediately take a couple days off iodine until the issue subsides, and then when you start back in take only 1 drop for several days to two weeks to make sure this doesn’t return at this lower dose and then gradually increase on drop at a time over the course of several weeks. If this symptom returns on low dose then something is going on with that and you should find a iodine knowledgeable naturopath to get to the bottom of that.

  8. November 7, 2013 9:46 pm

    I started taking Idoral 25 mg for about a week and went up to 37.5 and my tongue turned black. Any Idea what this is?

  9. November 7, 2013 10:16 pm

    I have never heard of that happening, you should check over on the iodine list a yahoo and see if they have heard of that before

  10. January 15, 2014 2:06 pm

    Did the rash flare up worse, while you were salt loading, before it got better? Or did it gradually get better? I have a similar rash and decided to try the salt loading. I have coarse Celtic Sea Salt. I took 1/2 tsp in water last night and so far today – in three doses – I have taken 1 tsp. After lunch, this rash flared up. The strange thing is that I had it pretty well under control (except not all cleared up), I had been drinking ACV in my water and it really calmed down and hadn’t itched for days. So, I’m trying to determine if the salt loading is a good thing for me or not. Thanks!

    • January 15, 2014 4:13 pm

      I didn’t have a flare up but it is easy to imagine some people could have an initial flush of more bromide depending on the salt level that could create a temporary flare up. I would think 3 days is a good test if it is not getting better in 3 days then it may not be bromide.

      • January 15, 2014 4:21 pm

        Thanks for the quick reply! I will try that. It could have been something I ate. It is calmer now–I’ve been flushing with lots of water.

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