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Is there a difference between sulfa and sulfur medications?

Is there a difference between sulfa and sulfur medications?

Yes: Many people have taken "sulfa" drugs (usually an antibiotic) and have had allergic reactions to them (usually hives). This does not mean they are allergic to all medications containing the element "sulfur." for example, you may be allergic to sulfamethoxazole (an antibiotic) but not to hydrochlorothiazide (a sulfur containing high blood pressure medication). ...Read more

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I really need to know if i'm allergic to sulfa drugs so I can use a prescription facial cleanser with sulphur?

I really need to know if i'm allergic to sulfa drugs so  I can use a prescription facial cleanser with sulphur?

See your Doctor: If one suspects a drug allergy then see pcp or allergists to review the drug in question and the reaction that occurred. If the clinical history suggests a potential drug allergy then skin testing may be performed to conform this. Occasionally, an oral challenge may be done as well. ...Read more

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Does wine have sulfur / sulfa in it?

Some do: Many wines from all over the world contain sulfates, which are sulfur-containing molecules. Thsi is not the same as the drug 'sulfa.'. ...Read more

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I am breaking out in hives and blister like bumps after showering. There is sulfur in the water. I am allergic to sulfa meds. It does me the same way.

I am breaking out in hives and blister like bumps after showering. There is sulfur in the water. I am allergic to sulfa meds. It does me the same way.

Sulfur allergy: I am breaking out in hives and blister like bumps after showering. There is sulfur in the water. I am allergic to sulfa meds. It does me the same way. ANS: not certain what the question is here. It is unlikely that allergy to sulfur containing meds is the same as sulfur in water. But check with the local health and water authorities for more information. Let us know what you learn. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to sulfa. Does this mean i cannot have something that contains sulfer dioxide?

I'm allergic to sulfa. Does this mean i cannot have something that contains sulfer dioxide?

They are not related: By sulfa I am assuming you mean an antibiotic. This is not related to sulfates or to sulfur. ...Read more

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Can you use sulphur 1x if you're allergic to sulfa?

Can you use sulphur 1x if you're allergic to sulfa?

Sulfur is not sulfa: Sulfur is an element that is part of many molecules. Sulfa is a term referring to a class of drugs, mostly antibiotics. Allergy sulfa drugs doesn't mean allergy to sulfur. Sulfur is not a commonly used medicine. ...Read more

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What foods and products should be avoided by someone who is allergic to sulfa drugs?

What foods and products should be avoided by someone who is allergic to sulfa drugs?

Sulfa vs. sulfite: Sulfa drugs include antibiotics [septra, bactrim, pediazole] some water pills, sulfonylurea diabetes medicines, celebrex (celecoxib). There are no related food allergies. More information here: http://allergies.About.Com/od/medicationallergies/a/sulfa_2.Htm sulfites are common preservatives in food and certain drugs. You can find more info here: http://allergies.About.Com/od/foodallergies/a/sulfites.Htm. ...Read more

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