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   Posted 5/12/2016 9:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been diagnosed with a sulfite allergy. Within minutes A handful of dried apricots caused hives, burning throat, I felt horrible with a nonstop headache that lasted for nearly a week. My hand reacted first, where I touched it and I was wondering what shampoos and conditioners do people recommend for this? Do skin products have to list if the products they use contain sulfites? Also, how can they say its rare when they can't even test for it unless they do a food challenge? Does anyone know if more studies are going to be conducted?
Thank you! Snuffy

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   Posted 5/14/2016 4:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Snuff, if you go to the top of the page and click on 'Search' and then type in Sulfite allergy you should find lots of helpful information to read. I am sulfite intolerant amongst many other things, and the best advice is to read everything you can on the subject. I use a shampoo that is free from Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, which I bought it from my local organic shop, but I am sure you can buy this online. Remember toothpaste is important too.
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   Posted 5/15/2016 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Sulfite allergy is the worst form of sulfite intolerances. It's not all that unusual unfortunately.

There's a lot to read and many links to check out in the ar hives. See the search box at the top of the page.

Read labels! If the ingredient list is longer than half an inch, don't buy it. Cook your own food. Don't eat out at all until you understand all the foods that will trigger your reaction.

There is no recognized test for sulfite allergy and it's way too dangerous with your severe reaction to try it anyway. Just keep a food journal so you can make your own list of foods to avoid.

Sulfites ar not sulfites! Ignore them. It's the other ingredients in foods and products like detergents and skin products that have sulfites. That's not to say you don't have other allergies and sensitives in addition. I only have the intolerance, but can't tolerate products with perfumes, coloring, and flavors.

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   Posted 6/12/2016 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you I will check out the archives. After ingesting sulfur dioxide in dried apricots I broke out in hives, but foods that don't list sulfites break me out with a rash/eczema. I constantly am breaking out with a burning, itchy rash that usually starts at night, and I am so tired of this! I am not entirely convinced sulfites are causing my eczema and was wondering if anyone with this is sensitive to other preservatives as well? Also I was shopping at costco and right after passing by the grapes and apple aisle I couldn't stop coughing, immediately I suspected sulfites, and left the produce section then took a zyrtec, but this has never, ever happened to me at a grocery store. It is illegal for stores to spray sulfites or additonal to sulfites to grapes, but I think they might have. Maybe, because there was such large quantities this caused it? Has anyone else experienced this at stores and how was it handled? Interestingly, I didn't get a new eczema flare. I am definitely going to check the posts about ezcema and sulfites. Also, an epi pen was going to be 385 with my insurance, its too much for something I will hopefully, and very likely never use. I didn't buy it, but the costco event has gotten me a little scared, I am going to call my insurance, but has anyone purchased one online? I don't want to pay more than 35 dollars for it!
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