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How can I avoid problems if I have asthma and a sulfite allergy?

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If you have asthma and a sulfite allergy, you should:

  • Check food labels for sulfites.
  • Be careful with foods that commonly contain sulfites.
  • When you eat out, ask if the food you're ordering has sulfites.
  • Check with your doctor to make sure that the asthma drugs you use don’t have sulfites.
  • Be prepared in case you accidentally eat sulfites. Ask your doctor what to do in an emergency. Always carry your rescue inhaler and an epi-pen with you.

From: Asthma and Sulfite Allergies WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology web site: "Sulfite Sensitivity." American Medical Association, 1998. Grayson MH and Holtzman MJ, "Asthma," 2005 Monro, T.  
Essential Guide to Asthma,ACP Medicine,. , published online Aug. 6, 2012.

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 18, 2019

SOURCES: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology web site: "Sulfite Sensitivity." American Medical Association, 1998. Grayson MH and Holtzman MJ, "Asthma," 2005 Monro, T.  
Essential Guide to Asthma,ACP Medicine,. , published online Aug. 6, 2012.

 

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on August 18, 2019

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