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Can sinuses/ allergies cause ongoing back neck stiffness? Apart from Epsom salt baths (which makes my muscles spasm), what are some other ways to find relief?

Can sinuses/ allergies cause ongoing back neck stiffness? Apart from Epsom salt baths (which makes my muscles spasm), what are some other ways to find relief?

Yes: Inflammation of the nose and sinuses can cause non-specific neck pain. If true, then effectively treating the sinus issues will lead to more lasting relief. If you haven't already, consider seeing and Allergist for complete evaluation and possible treatment options. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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How do I know if I have a sulfa allergy?

How do I know if I have a sulfa allergy?

Side effects: Allergy testing by specialist is safest, otherwise, you have to experience rash or anaphylaxis or side effects after taking such a med or it's components. Best to avoid if not sure. You must always weigh risks vs benefits. ...Read more

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I have a sulfa allergy. Are there any vitamins I should avoid?

I have a sulfa allergy. Are there any vitamins I should avoid?

Check the labels: Also only use high quality pharmaceutical grade supplements and neutraceuticals, as the cheap stuff is from asian countries that don't have FDA oversight. Also, note that celebrex (celecoxib) has a sulfa molecule component and there is cross allergenicity between it and all other sulfa agents that produce allergic reactions. ...Read more

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Drinking vodka and other drinks with sulfa allergy, is this okay?

Drinking vodka and other drinks with sulfa allergy, is this okay?

I don't believe: That vodka contains sulfites - but lots of other types of alcohol do. This could make you ill. ...Read more

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If one has a sulfa allergy and what would be the medicines to treat this?

There are none: If you are truly allergic to sulfa you must avoid all forms of the drug whether it be in eye drops, pills or IV meds. There is no med to cancel out the allergy and true allergy could lead to life threatening consequences if exposed. It would be wise to invest in a medical alert bracelet to make sure people are aware if you cannot communicate. ...Read more

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I have a sulfa allergy. Is if safe to take levaquin?

Yes: There's no relationship between sulfa allergy and being allergic to the class of drugs levaquin is in (floroquinilones). Take as prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have taken bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) many times w/out incident. Am I at risk for stevens johnson each time I take it or only if I have sulfa allergy?

I have taken bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) many times w/out incident. Am I at risk for stevens johnson each time I take it or only if I have sulfa allergy?

Each time: Everyone is at risk of having sjs from sulfa drugs and other drugs carry that risk too. These reactions are idiosyncratic and are not predictable. ...Read more

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Using cosopt eye drop for glaucoma and have a sulfa allergy. What are some alternatives?

Using cosopt eye drop for glaucoma and have a sulfa allergy. What are some alternatives?

Sulfa, cosopt: Depending on what your target range of pressure is, you could try timolol, alphagan, xalatan, (latanoprost) lumigan, travatan, xioptan, or combigan. Pilocarpine is also available but not nearly as convenient to use. Then there is laser treatment too. Incisional surgery for glaucoma would be for people whose eye pressure is suboptimally controlled despite maximal tolerated medical &/or laser treatment. ...Read more

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I'm using cosopt eye drop for glaucoma and have a sulfa allergy, anything to worry about?

I'm using cosopt eye drop for glaucoma and have a sulfa allergy, anything to worry about?

Unlikely: Studies have shown that having a sulfa structure in a drug rarely causes problem in people with a true sulfa allergy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use cosopt eye drops for glaucoma if I have a sulfa allergy?

Is it safe to use cosopt eye drops for glaucoma if I have a sulfa allergy?

See below: Cosopt is two eye drop medications in one. One of the two is a sulfa drug. If you have a true allergy to sulfa it may not be a good choice. You must consult your eye care professional first however before making any treatment decisions on your own. ...Read more

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Can someone with bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) sulfa allergy take doxycycline?

Can someone with bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) sulfa allergy take doxycycline?

Yes: There should be no interaction between sulfa or an allergy to Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) (which contains a sulfa antibiotic - sulfamethoxazole and another component, trimethoprim) and doxycycline. ...Read more

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How safe are flushing methods with epsom salt?

How safe are flushing methods with epsom salt?

Not sure: I have recommended epsom salt baths but not sure what you mean by "flushing". ...Read more

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Will epsom salt relieve eczema?

Will epsom salt relieve eczema?

No.: Eczema is best treated by avoidance of irritants / solvents / soaps and the application of moisturizers and topical steroids. ...Read more

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Epsom salt help with hemorrhoids?

Epsom salt help with hemorrhoids?

Yes: They can be added to a sitz bath. Sitz bathes can be helpful. Sit in a bathtub with warm water. There needs to be enough water to submerge the anal area. Soak for about 15 minutes – several times a day. An alternative is placing ¼ cup of witch hazel ; warm water in a basin. Soak for at least 15 minutes, at least twice a day. ...Read more

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Is it possible to use epsom salt as an antacid?

Is it possible to use epsom salt as an antacid?

Not likely: Epsom salt, or magnesium sulfate, has numerous uses in medicine, but I've never used it for an antacid nor have I heard of it being used as so...Magnesium carbonate is a basic compound that can be used as an antacid. ...Read more

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Will epsom salt burn an infection?

Will epsom salt burn an infection?

No: Epsom salts despite having been used forever under the assumption that the salts stop bacteria or dry it out, appear to have little or no such effect. ...Read more

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Is it safe to ingest magnesium sulfate (epsom salt)?

Is it safe to ingest magnesium sulfate (epsom salt)?

Depends on dose: Too much will cause diarrhea, and Magnesium Sulfate by mouth tastes bitter.
1 tablespoon of epsom salts dissolved in 6-8 oz water is a laxative dose, and it tastes quite horrible, but it is as safe as taking any other form of magnesium.
There are better ways to replete magnesium.
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Can you use epsom salt to clean and dry a graft donor site?

Can you use epsom salt to clean and dry a graft donor site?

Depends: Follow surgical instructions.
Usually keep dry and non adherent cover.
Your's could be special so discuss with surgeons office. ...Read more

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Will epsom salt really work when you have sprains and strains?

no: Epsom salts would have no effect on screens or sprains. Ice or moist heat which ever feels better and anti-inflammatories would help. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in vaginal rectum area sat in hot water with epsom salt

Sharp pain in vaginal rectum area sat in hot water with epsom salt

Worthy of exam: You should consider seeing either your medical doctor or your gyn. Good luck! What your doing is ok temporarily-and even very helpful for specific things, but there are other causes that will not respond to that. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in vaginal rectum area sat in hot water with epsom salt

See doctor: Assuming that has been present for more than a few hours and was not relieved with epsom salt bath that I would recommend you see your primary care doctor or your gynecologist. ...Read more

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Are epsom salt baths better than a regular bath for bartholin cysts?

Are epsom salt baths better than a regular bath for bartholin cysts?

Not likely: A bath of any kind may be soothing but neither a regular bath or salt bath is likely to solve the problem of a Bartholin cyst. If the cyst is bothersome it can be drained by your doctor. If the cyst has become infected and is now an abscess then prompt treatment is warranted ...Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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