Reactions to a certain medication such as antibiotics especially penicillin, anticonvulsants, chemotherapy and aspirin is known as a drug allergy. The reactions vary in intensity and severity among patients and could range from itching and skin rashes to respiratory problems or swelling of the face. Severe anaphylactic shock can cause death if not treated on time.
HOW IS DRUG ALLERGY DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of the issue can be done with a physical examination conducted by a general physician who may use lab tests and a skin test. An allergy test will also be used to determine the cause and severity of the problem.
HOW IS DRUG ALLERGY TREATED?
If possible alternate medication might be prescribed else antihistamines, corticosteroids or epinephrine might be advised and recommended.
DID YOU KNOW?
If not treated on time, drug allergies may prove to be fatal and cause organ failure issues, especially in patients continuing prolonged use of the drug.