How do you test for sulfate allergy

What you should know about sulfate allergies

  • Many drugs contain sulfate, but allergic reactions to sulfate drugs are rare.

  • When a person with a sulfate allergy comes in contact with drugs that contain the compound, a rash or hives, skin or eye itching, and swelling may occur.

  • Some people can also experience more severe reactions, such as anaphylaxis and Steven Johnson syndrome. These are medical emergencies.

  • A person must inform all health care providers of their allergies to ensure they are not receiving any medication that can cause side effects.

  • A doctor can determine the best course of action. They may recommend an appointment with a specialist for further testing and advice on which drugs and products to avoid.

  • Article last reviewed January 14, 2019. Visit our Allergy category page for the latest news on this topic or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates on Allergy. All references are available in the References tab.

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