The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. You may need to see a doctor who treats allergies.
Blood tests will be done to look for antibodies to sulfites. An allergy skin test may also be done to look for a cause.
You may be asked to avoid certain foods or beverages for a short period of time to see if symptoms go away. This is called an elimination diet. It can help find out what is causing your symptoms.
There is no cure. The goal of treatment is to manage symptoms. This can only be done by avoiding foods and drinks that contain sulfites. A dietitian can help. This will mean reading food and drug labels carefully. Special care will also need to be taken when eating out.
Medicines may be advised to ease symptoms. Choices are:
An inhaler that contains medicine to open the airways
Some people may need to carry an epinephrine pen. It can be used to inject medicine to treat a severe reaction.
There are no known guidelines to prevent this health problem.
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