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Drug Allergies

Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C.

Board Certified Otolaryngologist & Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Sandy Springs, Atlanta, GA & Cumming, GA

Drug allergies are responsible for 5-10% of all adverse reactions to drugs. While symptoms can be mild, in some cases, they can also be life-threatening. At Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C., with two offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Thomas Chacko, MD, offers drug allergy treatment to help prevent serious health outcomes. Call the nearest office or book an appointment online today to find out if you have drug allergies.

Drug Allergies Q & A

What are drug allergies?

A drug allergy occurs when your immune system has an adverse reaction to prescription or over-the-counter medication. For many people, the symptoms are typically mild and respond well to at-home care. However, in some cases, drug allergies can result in potentially life-threatening consequences.

If you take any type of medication and experience itchy skin, hives, or swelling, don’t wait to schedule an evaluation for drug allergy testing at Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C.

What are the signs and symptoms of drug allergies?

Some of the potential symptoms you may experience with drug allergies and signs to look out for include:

  • Swelling beneath the skin
  • Rashes
  • Hives or welts
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy or watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Fever

If you experience anaphylaxis — a severe allergic reaction — you might have difficulty breathing or lose consciousness.

Are drug allergies the same as drug side effects?

Drug allergies are different from side effects. Most over-the-counter or prescription medicines have some side effects, like drowsiness.

These symptoms develop in response to the medication itself. On the other hand, drug allergies occur as a result of your body’s immune response and are often more severe.

What common medications can cause drug allergies?

The most common medications that can cause drug allergies include:

  • Pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Antibiotics like penicillin
  • Medications that treat autoimmune disease
  • Chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer

To diagnose a drug allergy, your provider reviews your medical history and asks about the type of medications you take and your symptoms. They may perform a physical exam and order blood or skin tests.

How are drug allergies treated?

Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. offers several treatments for drug allergies, including:

  • Medical guidance on drug withdrawal
  • Epinephrine (for anaphylaxis)
  • Corticosteroids
  • Antihistamines

If you’re allergic to a drug that you need to take in order to maintain your well-being, your provider may recommend drug desensitization to help your body develop a better response to the drug.

To learn more about the treatment options for drug allergies, call the nearest Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. office or book an appointment online today. Click here to learn more information