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emoticon I have been allergic to sulfa drugs since I was a child and almost died from them. I have never thought about sulfites. Are they even connected? I do have an attack of diarrhea sometimes when I go to a salad bar and other times I am fine.


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I thought I had my sulfite allergies handled two years ago when I quit drinking wine. Now suddenly they're back again with a vengence. When I make all my food from scratch, the hives disappear. Sigh. Back to the process of trial and error to see what is safe to eat. Does anyone else have trouble with processed/prepared food? Any advice as to some staple foods that do not contain sulfites? I am eliminating anything with a preservative, cornstarch, corn syrup, maple syrup, caramel coloring, molasses, brown sugar, non-organic spices, autolyzed yeast extract, MSG, pectin, all alcohol, canned anything, all juices but fresh sqeezed, dried fruit unless it's labeled 'unsulphered', condiments, pickles, garlic, onions, veggies from the cabbage family, lentils, eggs, raisins or grape anything, and deli meats. I'm eating only vegetables and fruit with low occurance of natural sulfites, meat, beans, tea, wheat, rice, organic spices, organic canola and olive oil, butter, and yogurt.

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Yes, I think I have the same allergies too. Where do you purchase this laundry detergent? I can't seem to find it on the internet.

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I started using Earth Fare's sulfate free laundry detergent last September. It is wonderful....no more itching, and I just emptied the bottle at the end of February. It cost $20 for a large container, but it was very well worth it. I have never had a detergent last that long and work as well as it does.
I have sulfa allergies, but I recently discovered that included sulfates. I am also allergic to sulfites. Crazy isn't it?emoticon


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Wow! Just got on here and didn't realize so many resposes had posted recently to my original posting.

I have also not been lucky enough to find a laundry detergent that doesn't aggrivate me. One person here on SPARK actually suggested using for the laundry..........." soap nuts " (yes and they asked me if thats why I called myself SOAPNUT on here----------no actually its because I used to be hooked on soap operas) but....................
My name here got her to spark-mail me and ask that question. I had never heard of these and was really amused at first but probably will try some soon.
Anyway its a product without sulfates and there are some that can be purchased on e-bay and is used a lot in other countries. This lady uses it for her huband's laundry and can use nothing else with out him having a majory break out..

Has anyone else used these?

My dermatologist feels it has built up in my system and just has to work its way out but it has been a long process. Some people with this problem said it took years to get better.

Edited by: SOAPNUT at: 3/3/2012 (14:24)
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Yours sounds more like my daughter's allergy. Two years before I had my first anaphylactic reaction, she had a reaction similar to yours to the medicine. Thank God she hasn't had problems with anything but the medicine so far. I always tease her that she's supposed to inherit stuff from me, not the other way around.



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I too am allergic to Sulfa Drugs. I have not had any problems with soap, detergent or shampoos, yet! I cannot take any drugs with Sulfa in them. I break out in hugh hives and itch so bad that the Dr has to give me shots to calm them down. I found out by taking the drugs...but you sometimes have to take matters into your own hands. I told one of my Dr's that I was allergic to Sulfa and he said that the medicine he gave me did not have Sulfa in it. Guess what! I took one and broke out in the middle of the night. The nurse at the hospital told me that sulfa was in the medicine. I have learned to be more assertive when it comes to my health. When in doubt, check it out!

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Thanks for the ideas. I do have a front loader that has an allergy cycle on it, that seems to help alot. As for shampoo, I use an all natural one already, it is very expensive but I suppose not more so than a salon brand. I actually use most of my body products from the same place, I find they are not only hypoallergenic and all natural but work much better than other products I have tried.
The aspartame thing is difficult when trying to loose weight, things like my pepsi, I have to restrict to one can a day cause I cant drink the diet version. I have found in the local health food store drink mixes like crystal light but with stevia and gum that has xylitol.

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Try putting your clothes through an extra rinse. I got a front load washer years ago, and found that it rinses MUCH better than a top load machine, and it has an extra rinse option. Since I've been doing that I have found that I can get away with using pretty much any detergent. I just have to be careful putting the soap into the machine, if I get any on me I have to immediately wash it off or it starts itching terribly! Shampoo's pretty much come and go. One time I can find some and the next it's not safe any more. Sometimes I just have to use the Irish Spring for my hair too and use extra conditioner. There's nearly always a safe conditioner. Aspartame is bad news for me too, it's in the processing. Just stick with real sugar from sugar cane or honey, and then do some extra walking. Watch out for sugars made from beets, some of them have hidden sulfites. Remember, they only have to claim it in the ingredients if it has 10 PPM (parts per million), but we can react to as little as 2 PPM.



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I am a pharmacy tech that is allergic to sulfa drugs. Makes work too much fun! I find I am ok if I don't come into contact with any of the drugs in the family but occasionally I accidentally do and have to go wash to area thoroughly with soap. I find that if I am quick enough, the benedryl cream will work so I don't have to dope up on benedryl.
I am very interested in this detergent and soap thing though cause I have developed a chronic urticaria along with an aspartame allergy. I am basically itchy 24/7. that is until the evening when I can take my atarax and it all goes away along with my consciousness.
Can anyone tell me what detergents/ ingredients to look for. I am now thinking maybe my laundry detergent has something to do with it.

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I've been living with this for 8 years now. I'm anaphylactic to sulfites and sulfates, and it scars my skin if I don't wash right away. Natural sulphur gives me flu-like symptoms if I eat too much. Watch out for geletin and cornstarch. These are processed with sulfites and made me sick for a while before I researched them and found out. A safe soap is the original irish spring. I can wash and shower with it, and have yet to have a bad experience with it. I'm glad (but sad) to hear it's not just me having a problem with this, and not getting any help from the doctors.

Edited by: SMGARTON1S at: 2/12/2012 (10:29)


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I too have a sulfa allergy and a sulfite allergy. With both sulfa drugs and sulfite foods I get a similar reaction which consists of a huge red rash on my face and breathing problems... Not a fun time. As far as coping with it my doctors have tried to up my vitamins to prevent illness since I can't have augmenton or bactrum or penicillin as well as when it comes to my allergy to sulfites I simply avoid foods that contain them. Earlier in this year I also got the similar allergic reaction to dying my hair except rather than just having a face rash I was fortunate to have my face swell :( not a fun time. I have since concluded that that is because I was allergic to ppd (not too sure if that can be related or not but never knew that existed). It was weird because I had dyed my hair a numerous amount of times and never had and adverse reaction.
Best of luck dealing with your allergy!


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I understand how you feel I have doctors not know how to treat me.emoticon



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I am allergic to Sulfa drugs & penicillin to name a few.

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I didn't know that it was in soaps and detergents. That is probably why I can't use soap on my face. I will have to check more carefully about what is in soaps, because I am highly allergic to sulfa and penicillin to name a few. Thanks for the heads up.



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Sulfa allergies are really common, second only to pencillin allergies. I am lucky enough to have both.


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You need to clear up skin acne, try 25,000 units of vitamin A for two weeks. You need to stop for two weeks because the vitamin builds up in your system. When I was a teen I used to get these pressure pimples, they hurt and were ugly, my doctor put me on Vitamin A, and I have never looked back.



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You name it I am allergic to it! If I had every dollar I have spent on medicine I could not take because I was allergic to it, I would be rich.
I once had allergy tests, all up and down both arms and my entire back and I was allergic to almost everything they tested me for. Including Juniper berries- I have never come in contact with a Juniper berry in my life!



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My "reactions" to sulfa drugs don't translate to contact allergies. I think it's more just bad reactions to the usual side effects of the drug.

Except in the case of macrolides. Anything ending in -mycin is almost immediately toxic to me. My last experience was when my ENT surgeon prescribed a new drug after surgery, called Zithromax, aka Z-pack. In less than ten minutes of swallowing that little capsule, I noticed I was having to be very particular with my speech to be clearly understood by my husband. Then I registered a "cotton mouth" sensation. I looked in the mirror, stuck out my tongue, and it was nearly 2x normal size. I wrote down the info for DH to call the doctor's office for a new 'script while I went and downed a couple more Benedryl capsules. Good thing I was already taking them for the sinus swelling! emoticon


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Not offical yet but I am probably allergic to sulfa in drugs and in products. Apparently it is a real widely used ingredient in soaps and detergents. No wonder my skin problems never cleared up when I got off the BP meds.............I was still washing in it and shampooing in it and doing my laundry in it. Let alone the 8 years I drugged up on it daily.

Going to get tested to be certain as to how bad my allergy is.


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