Drug Allergy is a condition in which the body’s immune system reacts abnormally to a medication or drug. Though the substance may be harmless, the immune system overreacts to the substance, triggering an allergic reaction. Certain drugs like penicillin, anticonvulsants, aspirin and monoclonal antibody drugs are likely to produce allergic reactions than others. Symptoms of drug allergy are:
• Skin rashes, specifically hives
• Respiratory problems
• Upset stomach
• Hair loss
HOW IS DRUG ALLERGY DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of drug allergy is done by a dermatologist by conducting various tests such as skin testing and allergy test.
HOW IS DRUG ALLERGY TREATED?
The first step in treating drug allergies is stoppage of the drug consumption and prescribing an alternate drug. For serious drug reactions, antihistamines or corticosteroids may be prescribed
DID YOU KNOW?
Women are more prone to being allergic to certain types of medications or drugs.