Drug Allergy Treatment in Elkridge, MD
What Are Drug Allergies?
Drug allergies refer to an allergic response triggered by exposure to certain medications. While almost any medication can induce an allergic response, there are some that are known to be more common triggers. A drug allergy is not the same as a side effect. A drug can cause a side effect whereas a drug allergy is a reaction to the drug.
Symptoms of Drug Allergies
Symptoms of drug allergies are typically no different than other allergy symptoms. These include:
- Cold symptoms
- Abdominal pain
- Swelling of the mouth, lips, face, throat, and other affected areas
- Itching and tingling in affected areas
- Constricted airways
- Rapid pulse
Anaphylaxis is also a known symptom of drug allergies. Anaphylactic shock requires emergency medical attention because it can be life-threatening.
Common Drug Allergies
- Corticosteroid medication
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Antibiotics such as penicillin
- Chemotherapy medication
Treating Drug Allergies
Cases of anaphylaxis in response to a drug must be treated immediately. An emergency injection of epinephrine is typically required. For all other symptoms, doctors will likely withdraw you from the drug. Antihistamines may be used to calm the immune system and provide symptom relief.
Corticosteroids are also often used to treat inflammation symptoms (unless corticosteroids are the cause of the reaction, of course). It may help to wear an alert bracelet to warn medical professional of potential drug allergies in case you enter anaphylactic shock or are otherwise unable to respond.
In certain cases, your healthcare provider may suggest allergy testing or genetic testing to help determine appropriate, safe medication to treat your health problem. It is important to understand your drug allergies and sensitivities to prevent future allergic reactions.
Request more information about drug allergies today. Call (410) 469-6112 or contact Dr. Janelle Love online.
Janelle M. Love, MD
Address269 Peninsula Farm Rd
Arnold, MD 21012
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tue: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wed: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thu: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm