The potential for an allergic reaction exists with any drug, whether it is a medication that has been prescribed to you or an over-the-counter medicine. If you have had an unexpected reaction to a drug, you should see an allergist to be tested for a drug allergy. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about drug allergies.
What are the symptoms of a drug allergy?
The symptoms will differ depending on the drug and the circumstances of the allergic reaction. Some of the most common symptoms experienced with a drug allergy include coughing and wheezing, breaking out in hives, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, swelling in the face, and sudden high blood pressure.
What should I do if I have an adverse drug reaction?
If you are reacting negatively to a drug you are taking, stop taking it right away. Then, contact your physician. To determine whether you have an allergy to that drug, you’ll need to be tested by an allergy doctor. If the test shows that you do have a drug allergy, your physician will help you find an alternate option for treatment.
What is anaphylaxis?
It’s important to be able to distinguish a mild to moderate drug allergy from anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction that needs to be treated as a medical emergency. Warning signs of anaphylaxis include dizziness, irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing, and loss of consciousness. If you or anyone you know is experiencing symptoms of anaphylaxis, call 911 right away.
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If you have been diagnosed with gluten intolerance, or celiac disease, you may be wondering whether it qualifies as a food allergy. While gluten intolerance is often spoken of as if it were synonymous with an allergy to wheat, it is fundamentally different. If you have a wheat allergy, it means that your body has an allergic reaction to foods that contain wheat. Gluten intolerance is an autoimmune disorder characterized by an inability to digest foods that contain gluten, the protein found in most grains. If you eat foods with gluten, it can damage your small intestine and lead to a number of serious health complications.
If you have been diagnosed with food allergies or believe you could be experiencing an allergic reaction, then make an appointment with a doctor at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . Our team of allergists is available in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. To learn more, visit our website or call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2 or schedule online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com.
Many people associate food allergies with bad reactions to foods such as nuts, shellfish, and wheat. They aren’t likely to think of red meat. In fact, red meat allergies do occur—but the warning signs may not show themselves immediately. An allergic reaction to red meat can happen hours after you consume it, and you may not even associate your symptoms with the food. Watch this informative video to learn more about red meat allergies and how to recognize the symptoms.
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