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I have asthma and a sulfite allergy. What should I do if I have signs of an allergic reaction to sulfites?

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If you have signs of an allergic reaction to sulfites, get emergency help. In many cases, using your quick-relief inhaler can help control your reaction. If you have an epinephrine injection kit available, use it without hesitation, even if those symptoms don’t seem to be allergy-related. Using the pen as a precaution will not harm you and could save your life. Call 911 even after injecting yourself.

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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