Medication and Drug Allergies
Medications are an important part of curing and controlling illness, however, all medications have the potential to cause side effects that can range from mild to life-threatening. It is important to take medications exactly as they are prescribed, and to discuss with your prescribing provider if you experience side effects.
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, approximately 5-10% of adverse reactions to medications are allergic reactions. Allergic reactions to medication usually occur within moments to a few hours of taking the drug. Symptoms can occur in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, lining of the stomach, or the skin. While any medication can cause an allergic reaction, some familiar medications that can cause allergic reactions include antibiotics such as penicillin, sulfa drugs, insulin, and chemotherapy drugs.
Frequently Asked Questions
The most common allergic reaction results in itchy eruptions that occur days to weeks after taking the medication. Some skin eruptions can develop up to six weeks after starting certain medications.
Non-allergic reactions to medications are much more common than allergic reactions. These reactions depend on the medications involved. Patients experiencing side effects should speak to their prescribing provider or seek immediate medical attention.
If you have a history of reactions to different medications, or if you have a serious reaction to a drug, an allergy provider will be able to diagnose and develop a treatment plan for the future. Testing for penicillin allergy is available in our office and has been performed by our experienced board certified allergy providers. At Skin and Laser Dermatology Center, our providers will help you determine the best course of action based on your unique medical history.
The allergy testing recommended for each patient will depend on their specific medical history, however, some of the most common allergy testing done is for penicillin allergies.
You should seek medical help immediately if you experience concerning side effects.
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