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What can happen if I have asthma and a sulfite allergy?

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From 5% to 10% of people with asthma are also allergic to sulfites. An allergy is an increased sensitivity to a specific substance (called an allergen). The combination of asthma and sulfites can be dangerous. If you have asthma and sulfite allergy, eating foods or taking drugs that contain sulfites can even be life-threatening.

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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