I am brand new to this site because I wanted to read and learn about
other peoples allergies to sulfites! I am 39 now and became aware of my allergy to sulfa when I was 33... AND boy has it been a nauseous journey along the way haha
When I was a kid I LOVED Welch's purple grape juice but every time I drank it I would become violently ill about
5 minutes after drinking it and (sorry to say this..... but, I would throw up everything in my stomach) I honestly thought I would get so nauseous because of all the sugar that is in the purple type juice because it was soooooo sweet and I would never have a reaction to the white grape juice.
Then as I got into my 20's and began going out drinking with my friends I could drink a half glass of red or white wine and feel as if I had drank a whole bottle to myself... My friends would laugh because I would be super loopy and apparently really funny! But, then I'd become queasy and have to YES, throw it up.... But it wasn't like the Welch's grape juice where I would be violently sick.... With the wine I would just have the glass of wine come up, and then I would feel perfectly fine and oddly instantly sober. Thankfully I realized the second time this happened to me that wine and me didn't mix
but I did not know why!
Finally at 33 I was diagnosised by my doctor with having an allergy to sulfa. She had put me on a sulfate antibiotic and about
10 minutes after taking the antibiotic pill I would become extremely nauseous and with no notice throw up everything in my stomach. But, I didn't associate the two together! After a few days of this I thought I was maybe pregnant.... So multiple negative home pregnancy test later my husband and I were confused and worried because for 5 days I couldn't keep anything down because I was having to take the antibiotic 3 times a day! So, I went to go see my doctor and right off she informed me I was allergic to sulfa.
I feel bad for all of you with severe allergies. I am lucky my allergy is limited to liquids containing sulfites and sulfa based antibiotcs. I do wonder if my allergy can change and in time include more things I will have reactions to??? Has this occurred to anyone??
Recently when buying face wash I noticed a brand that advertised "sulfites free" on the front of the bottle. When I got home and looked on the ingredients of my long time face wash sure enough it has sulfites in it! Now I question could this be the reason that at 39 I still break out :/ GRRRRR
I am amazed that just about
everything has sulfites as an ingredient now that I have begun to pay attention.
My reaction to sulfites is luckily limited to liquids and antibiotics! Reading the list of foods that contain sulfites my heart goes out to all you guys with severe allergies.