Has anyones sulfa allergy become worse over time???

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vettechundergrad
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   Posted 1/1/2012 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello smilewinkgrin 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 skull

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 tongue 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.

Red_34
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   Posted 1/1/2012 10:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm allergic to sulfa but I'm have a minor intolerance of sulfites. Not nearly as bad as you tho, it causes me to get migraines. Or if I use sulfite based facial things, it makes my face turn red and blotchy.
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vettechundergrad
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   Posted 1/1/2012 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess I get the headaches too and didn't really associate it. The face wash floored me the other day when I saw the one that was sulpha free. Then looking at the HUGE list of foods! I would starve and thankful my allergy is mild and I feel horrible for people that have it worse than me!

Alcie
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   Posted 1/1/2012 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I think you might be confused between sulfa drugs, sulfates and sulfites.  Wine and grapes have sulfites, compounds with sulfur and 3 oxygens.  Sulfa drugs are sulfonamides, with 2 oxygens, which in some people are metabolized to release sulfite.  Sulfates have 4 oxygen atoms permanently attached and generally do not cause reactions, although some sulfate compounds such as in shampoos do cause skin problems for some sensitive people.  A much better explanation is available in the free online book at http://www.learningtarget.com/nosulfites/index.htm.
 
Sulfites can rarely cause true allergic reactions, but often cause "sensitivity" which my allergist says is an allergy as far as she is concerned.  There are lots of "sensitivity" reactions, such as headaches and stomach problems or asthma.  I get the esophagus and stomach irritation which often causes my heart to beat way too fast, sometimes to the point of going to the ER.  (Google "linked angina" aka "cardio-esophageal reflex")
 
Sensitivity reactions can be acquired, can get worse if you continue to consume them, can get better if you stay clear of them.  They're often triggered by consuming over a certain amount of the compound.  My limit is about 2000 micrograms.  You can learn to calculate the amount in various foods and medicines from the book in the above link.  Ignore lists of foods that have sulfites.  The only ones you would usually need to know are the ones with large amounts.  If sulfites are listed on the label, as in dried potato products or tortillas, it is in large amounts and should be avoided!
 
Skin problems are a totally separate issue.  Housemouse has a very good website at http://www.housemouse.com/sulfites.htm
I recommend starting with her story; the link is down the page.  You may recognize your symptoms there.
 
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