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Yep, me too on sulfa and cipro (not sure on the spelling) is the worst!!!!!

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6/28/16 7:49 P

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Rash, swelling all over including throat.

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6/28/16 6:37 P

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I am to sumatriptan which has a sulfa derivative, found out the hard way when I started going into anaphylactic shock. Which means I am allergic to sulfas myself. Scary.

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Hello,
I also am allergic to Sulfa. My reaction to it was a red and painful rash all over. Not fun, I make sure to always mention it if I see a doctor.

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I'm not sure what it does to me, but my mom has always told me I am allergic to Sulfa drugs. Something to do when I was in the hospital as a toddler, she said I almost died.

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Hi, JMAHNKEN. It sounds like you deal with a lot of pain...so sorry about that! I have a mild allergy to Sulfa. It only gives me severe headaches. My mother has severe Eczema and suffers with skin issues a lot like you described. She has found that it takes a combination of many products to keep her issues under control. She uses Dove Sensitive Skin soap for baths, uses All Free & Clear Detergent (or Tide Free), and uses fragrance free body lotion. She has to use rubber gloves to wash her hair and put styling products in it. She breaks out in whelps all over when areas are irritated. She has also found that many foods cause reactions. It seems like apricots, strawberries, peaches, and nectarines are the worst. She also sprays her perfume on her clothes rather than her skin to prevent irritation. Hope you are finding relief!

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Hi, I am asthmatic and have super sensitive skin too. I break out in welts if scratched or hit, or just pressure to my skin too. Elastic in sock, underwear, bras leave red marks and some times rashes. I can't use lots of different soap and detergents and such. Dove bath bars is what my mom had to start using on my as a kid. I would break out in hives from ivory soap bars and most other soap bars. I usually used baby shampoo growing up. I have used lots of different ones since and didn't really think about maybe being allergic to them. I know I had reactions to chemicals in perms before, and I had my hair highlighted once and same thing happened. Itching and rash feeling and look on my scalp. The shampoos and conditioners I tried for the perms and dye job did the same, made my scalp itch. I also have allergies to dogs, cats and other animals dander, so if I get around then and they haven't been bathed recently some times my skin can get itchy or even hives. And if it is really bad my breathing can be bothered too. I also have allergies to nickle, so I can only wear really good gold or sterling silver.
I have allergies to sulfa drugs where I will break out in hives, a rash on my face, my throat will try to close up and I can have an asthma attack too. And now I have found that the same thing is happening to some other additives in foods and drinks, and with research have found that it is to do with sulfa and sulfates and such.
I also can not eat shell fish as my throat tries to close up with that.

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Here we go! I'm new. I'm also allergic to Sulfa which makes it very difficult for me to deal with my chronic pain. But, I do have an answer for those needing a laundry soap. I'm a distributor of Young Living Products and Thieves Laundry Soap is perfect. Please let me know if you'd like more information. Actually all Young Living Essential Oil products help me so much. I will add the link to the product so you can view it. My Distributor number is 2182803, but I'd love to help you with even more than purchasing one product. My website is Kathyrae.marketingscents.com. In many ways I believe Young Living is saving my health and wellness...just would like to learn why we suffer from this particular allergy which seems also to be linked to penicillin allergy. I want to learn and hope you can all help me! https://www.youngliving.com/en_US/pr
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I am allergic to sulfa drugs and so many others including penicillin. If any of you are allergic to mold, be careful with penicillin.
With the sulfa I swelled up like a balloon! My Dr. gets so exasperated when prescribing anything for me! Sigh.
No advice here from me, just be careful. Do research for anything related to sulfa. You would be surprised!

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I have chemical allergies, and I am allergic to chicken. It makes me itch really bad, have tight throat and affects my sinuses. Of course, sugar makes my joints hurt.

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I am late to this site but I have sulfite sensitivity, just as my mother had. It is in my medical record and I have to stay away from red wine (rarely drink alcohol) and try to stay away from anything with sulfite when possible. Lately finding a good laundry detergent that is allergy free has been pressing. Also I have become highly allergic to hair dyes. It is interesting to hear fem others what works. I have been using juice fasting to help alleviate allergic reactions and it has helped. I used to have allergic asthma, have to take allergy shots twice weekly for over two years, and live close to the hepa filter all day long. I couldn't go out if pollen count was sky high as my throat would tighten. Sulfur was another thing on the list, but now I need to pay attention more and more. I have overcome many allergies but this is one I need to continue to monitor.

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I am allergic to Sulfa drugs

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5/23/14 4:40 P

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I'm allergic to Sulfa drugs, but don't seem to have a problem with surface contact. Last time I had a reaction, my entire body was covered in hives - had to take Benadryl, plus a cold shower to help the swelling go down faster.

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YES I AM ALLERGIC TO SULFA I BREAK OUT WITH BIG PURPLE SPOTS AND THEY HAVE FEVER IN THEM AND HURT BAD

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Hi, my first time here. I also am allergic to Sulfa and PPD, I had a severe allergic reaction to PPD the first time I had my hair dyed, it was not pretty (pardon the pun), I then discovered that Sulfa allergies go hand in hand with PPD allergies. I am only now discovering just how many products have Sulfa in it. All the years of itchy days and nights after my mom changed the laundry detergent are now becoming clear to me.
The only hair dye I can use is a Henna by lush. Thank goodness I found something !

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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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3/5/12 9:33 A

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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.

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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.

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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.

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