Sulfa Containing Drugs
If you suffer from sulfa allergies, then you need to avoid medications that contain sulfa. Sulfa containing medications have been used in treating bacterial infections since 1936. Currently, sulfa is available in several medications including vaginal suppositories, burn creams, and eye drops among others. Make sure you avoid most of these medications if you are suffering from sulfa allergies. It’s wise to share with your medical doctor before taking any of these drugs.
Some of these drugs include antibiotic combination drug, dapsone, sulfasalazine or Azulfidine, or sulfacetamide or BLEPH-10 and sulfacetamide or silvadene. However, you need to understand that not all drugs that have sulfonamides will result into reactions among people who have sulfa allergies. Therefore, discuss with your medical doctor whether it is safe to take to take these medications. Some of them include diuretics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS), and diabetes medications. Research shows that some drugs like migraines medications that contain sulfonamide lead to allergic reactions. Pharmacists or medical doctors analyze these conditions from case to case and advice accordingly.
Sulfa Allergies Complications
A person who is suffering from the Stevens-Johnson syndrome or anaphylaxis has to seek urgent medical attention. The two are the most dangerous complications in people who are suffering from sulfa allergies. Anaphylaxis is one of the life threating allergic reactions. You could be at a higher risk of experiencing it if you have a family history of this condition, asthma, or other allergies. The symptoms of anaphylaxis include light-headedness, paleness, stomach cramps, diarrhea or vomiting, difficulty in swallowing, chest tightness, coughing, breathing difficulty, swelling in mouth and eyelids among other body parts and itchy red rash together with welts or hives.
The other common symptom was the Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. This is a rare but severe complication that arises from sulfa allergies. It will affect the eyes, genitals, mucous membrane, and skin of the victim. Some of its symptoms include fever, vomiting and nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, shedding or sloughing of the skin, severe purple or red skin rashes, painful reddish blisters around your genitals, eyes, throat, and mouth and flu like symptoms. Make sure you visit your medical doctor if you exhibit any of the above complications. He will be able to put you on the right treatment program. The treatment fully depends on the kind of symptoms that the condition is exhibiting. You may also think that you are suffering from sulfa allergies when the condition is very different. A medical doctor is better placed to do the diagnosis and offer the right treatment.