Drug Allergies

Drug Allergies Affect More Than 10% of the World Population and 20% of Hospitalized Patients

Drug AllergiesAdverse drug allergies occur more often than you are aware of.

Drug allergies occur when your body responds in an unusual manner to medication.

Complications happen immediately or with time. It’s even possible to take a drug and be fine and then take it again later and then experience an allergic reaction.

The first time you take the medication prescribed for you, your body’s immune system may produce a substance, that works against the drug, called IgE. The next time you take the drug, the IgE tells your white blood cells to make a chemical called histamine. Histamine is what cause your allergy symptoms.

Most of the time you will suffer from a minor skin rash and/or hives the first time you take a drug that your body reacts to. Serum sickness is a delayed type of allergy that occurs a week or two after you have taken your medication. Penicillin and other antibiotics are the most common cause of drug allergies. Other common drugs people react to are anticonvulsants, insulin, x-ray contrast dyes and sulfa drugs.

Symptoms of Drug Allergies

  • Facial Swelling
  • Hives
  • Itchy Skin
  • Lightheadedness
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Rapid or Weak Pulse
  • Rash
  • Severe Shortness of Breath
  • Swelling Airways
  • Wheezing

There are different methods of treatments, depending on the symptoms, which can range from being available over the counter to needing a prescription. Below is a list of possible treatments which will vary depending upon the symptoms being exhibited.

Treatments For Drug Allergies

  • Antibiotics
  • Antihistamines
  • Bronchodilators
  • Corticosteroids
  • Epinephrine
  • Penicillin

Skin testing can help to diagnose certain drug allergies a person might have. The more a person is exposed to certain medications, the more it can increase their chances of having a drug allergy. It is important always to tell your physician and dentist to any drug allergies you have and to seek treatment if you have any symptoms after taking a drug.

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