Sulfite Allergy Prevention
Prevention of sulfite sensitivity includes:
- Ask about ingredients when eating out.
- Read food labels carefully.
- Take prescribed medications as directed.
- Take a nonprescription antihistamine for allergic symptoms:
- Carry an epinephrine syringe:
- Learn how to use the syringe, so that you can treat yourself if you have a severe allergic reaction.
- Although an epinephrine syringe contains a small amount of sulfite, there are no reports of adverse reactions to epinephrine in those with sulfite allergies.
- Epinephrine can be life-saving in someone who has a severe allergic reaction to sulfites.
- Wear an alert bracelet or tag that identifies your allergies.
Foods that may contain sulfites include:
- Apple cider
- Baked goods
- Bottled lemon juice and lime juice
- Canned vegetables
- Dehydrated, pre-cut or peeled potatoes
- Dried fruit
- Fresh or frozen shrimp
- Maraschino cherries
- Pickled foods
- Potato chips
- Soup mixes
- Sparkling grape juice
- Trail mix
- Vegetable juices
Check food labels and avoid foods that contain:
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