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Ferous sulphate allergy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am really allergic to ferous sulphate. Is reduced iron in enriched flour the same thing.? I read labels carefully, but I keep having reactions and am worried I'm not cutting things out that I should because I don't realize what they are.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   give me a couple of mins to read your query
Doctor :   can you please tell me more about the allergy you have
Doctor :   are you with me?
User :   I have always been allergic to sulpha drugs, but in February I had a bad reaction to fruit that had sulphur dioxide in it and got anaphalactic shock. It was the day after Valentines, I went on prednisone to keep treating it, but every few days I still break out in hives, rash, swollen hands etc, even though I am still taking prednisone. None has been so bad to go to the emergency room, but I don't seem to be able to weed out the problem foods. I've never had a food allergy before so I'm trying to learn how to recognize the problem ingredients.
Doctor :   i would suggest you to avoid the preparation and not to take any chances
User :   I have realized through this that the sulphates in food like bread and pasta cause a really bad reaction.
User :   How does the food preparation affect the allergy?
Doctor :   sorry for the capitals
User :   That's ok
Doctor :   since iron preparations may generally contain a sulpha base, it is better to avoid them
User :   I have been avoiding foods that say they have any kind of sulphate, not just the ferrous, but I was wondering if you knew if sulphates haveto be listed as that, or can there under a different label, such as reduced iron?
Doctor :   the reactions may be very minimal or even worse
Doctor :   I may not be able to give you the exact information about it , but , yes , they will be listed separately usually.
Doctor :   you have never been allergic to ferrous /iron as such?
User :   So reduced iron probably wouldn't have a sulphate base, or is there now way to know? Many of the labels will say "enriched flour, reduced iron".
Doctor :   I am a General Physician , I may not be able to guide you on this , I'm sorry for this one
User :   No I haven't had one this bad, but I have realized lately that alot of foods like bread and pasta make me feel not very good. It wasn't until the hives and swelling that I realized that it was an allergic reaction. I'm 63, so I'm surprised for this to be a problem now. Your information has been helpful, thank you.
Doctor :   you can avoid this , do not take a chance as long as your not sure about the contents
User :   Thank you, that is what I needed to know. I don't want to over react and make a big deal of it, but I also need to do whatever it is to keep this from happening, so I will definitely take your advice.
Doctor :   thank you for understanding
Doctor :   i hope i did my best to help you with my medical knowledge
Doctor :   are there any other questions i could help you with ?
Doctor :   an immunologist and allergy specialist will guide you best
Doctor :   i suggest you take the advise from them and keep a list of all the things you are allergic to
Doctor :   they wil also guide you in identifying the contents in each food item and drugs as well.
User :   No, I think you pointed me in the right direction. I just wasn't sure on the enriched flour reduced iron thing, but it sounds like even if it's reduced, it can still cause problems. I appreciate all your help, and that will be my next stop to go to a specialist in this. Once again, thank you for your time.
Doctor :   pleasure here
Doctor :   thanks a lot
Doctor :   thank you for consulting me
User :   Your welcome, it was really helpful to me to just ask a question to figure out what I should be doing next. Your service is very helpful and I hope you have a very good night.
Doctor :   pleasure here , thank you so much , you can always chat with us again for any health queries
Doctor :   wish you too a good night
Doctor :   Bye for now.
User :   Bye
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