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Symptoms of Drug Allergies

The following features are indicative of Drug Allergies:
  • skin rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • fever
  • swelling
  • shortness of breath
  • wheezing
  • runny nose
  • itching
  • watery eyes
  • nausea
  • abdominal cramps
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • dizziness
  • rapid pulse
  • drop in blood pressure
  • seizure
  • loss of consciousness

Common Causes of Drug Allergies

The following are the most common causes of Drug Allergies:
  • drugs used to treat seizures
  • insulin
  • substances containing iodine, such as x-ray contrast dyes
  • penicillin and related antibiotics
  • sulfa drugs
  • chemotherapy drugs for treating cancer

Risk Factors for Drug Allergies

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Drug Allergies:
  • history of other allergies, such as food allergy or hay fever
  • personal or family history of drug allergy
  • dose
  • route of administration
  • duration of treatment
  • repetitive exposure to the drug
  • certain illnesses commonly associated with allergic drug reactions, such as infection with HIV or the Epstein-Barr virus

Prevention of Drug Allergies

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Drug Allergies. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • wear a medical alert bracelet that identifies drug allergy
  • inform health care workers

Occurrence of Drug Allergies

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Drug Allergies cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Drug Allergies can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Drug Allergies can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Drug Allergies

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Drug Allergies:
  • Skin testing: Help diagnose an allergy to penicillin-type medicines
  • Blood tests: To help diagnose other drug allergies

Doctor for Diagnosis of Drug Allergies

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Drug Allergies:
  • Allergy specialist

Complications of Drug Allergies if untreated

It is not know if Drug Allergies causes complications if left untreated.

Self-care for Drug Allergies

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Drug Allergies:
  • Wear a bracelet: Wear a medical alert bracelet that identifies drug allergy

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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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