Let me begin Sulpha allergy by a small incident. Long back almost 15 years, Ambu was a tot. She was playing with her amigos in the front courtyard of her house. Meanwhile her mother was calling "Ambu come on in!! Time for you to sleep." It's a very common situation in Ambu's house that everyone used to go to bed by 7.30 quickly having their supper at 6.30pm. Poor Ambu bid bye to her friends and went to sleep. Uff..Nights are younger. Ambu didn't wake up early as usual. Her mother thought "Poor baby..Hope she played restlessly previous night". The motherly love is eternal. But entire scene was reversed. That day Ambu suffered from severe fever followed by vomitings. Ambu's mother who was a teacher using her self medication knowledge gave Paracetamol tablet and left to school. In the noon when she came for lunch she was startled as the temperature hasn't lowered. She immediately fed Ambu with little rice and curd and administered the so called Septran tablet. Ambu popped the pill with a confidence that this time the curing rate is 100%. The next day morning, Ambu was feeling good but her mother was shocked. In a feeling of dismay, she called her husband. Ambu became an antique piece where each and every member in the house were coming to see her all new avatar!!!!! Yes, her face was characterized with redness, lips swollen, eyelids swollen, rashes everywhere!!!! They immediately started to a doctor where the physician said "Ambu is allergic to Sulpha drugs!!!!" End of the story As said in a movie "Picture abhi baakhi hain"..Yes!! The picture of Ambu @ Ambujakshi is none other than ME!! The whole incident happened in my house and it was me who is allergic to sulpha drugs. The word sulpha allergies is used to describe the various adverse drug reactions of Sulpha drugs. Symptoms generally include skin reactions which range from normal allergy to life threatening Stevens-Johnson's syndrome, Blood reactions, Liver and Kidney reactions and sometimes Lung reactions. How is it identified? There is no particular diagnostic test for sulpha allergy. It is known only when the patient administers the medicine. How is it treated? The immediate action to be taken is cessation of the medication. So many times the doctors gives small dose to the patient to check his tolerance levels. If he is well tolerated then the medication is prescribed. THIS BLOG DOES NOT CONTAIN PLAGIARIZED MATERIAL Ref1: http://allergies.about.com/od/medicationallergies/a/sulfa.htm accessed on 31st March 2011. ..