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Drug Allergy

About Drug Allergy

If you notice rashes, hives or difficulty breathing after a medication, then you may have a drug allergy. The medication can be in any of the forms – pill, liquid, or injection.

Symptoms

Drug allergy symptom is not often visible at the very first take; it releases antibodies that try to defend the drug when taken the second time.

  • Itching
  • Skin rashes
  • Wheezing
  • Breathing problem
  • Swelling
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction that disturbs breathing badly and sends body into shock; affects one or more body organs simultaneously.

Triggers

  • Antibiotics
  • Aspirin
  • Chemotheraphy drugs
  • Penicillin

Diagnosis

Drug diagnosis is very hard and only penicillin drug allergy can be easily diagnosed through skin test, while all other allergic reactions are related to other diseases.

Management

If you are drug allergic

  • Ask your doctors for all drugs that you should avoid
  • All your doctors should be aware of all your allergy and symptoms
  • Ask for alternative medications

Anaphylaxis

A severe life-threatening reaction that affects two or more body organs

Penicillin Allergy

Almost everyone you know say they are allergic to penicillin. Majority of people who are severely allergic to penicillin have lost sensitivity and are treated safely with drugs.

Penicillin is the best cure for several other allergies. Only your Allergist knows your medication history and treatment for checking your allergy.

Symptoms

  • Coughing
  • Breathing problem
  • Throat issues
  • Hives
  • Wheezing

Treatment

Seek emergency care when you are severe reactions with epinephrine injection and treatment to maintain blood pressure and normal breathing.

People with mild reactions may be treated with antihistamines, oral or corticosteroid injection depending on the reaction.

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