Drug Allergy | Allergy Medical Group

Drug Allergy

Drug allergies are caused by an allergic reaction to a drug (medication).

Symptoms

Common symptoms include:

  • skin rash or hives
  • itchy skin
  • wheezing or other breathing problems
  • swelling of body parts
  • anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic reaction

Treatment

For a mild reactions, you may only have to stop the drug. However for more serious allergic drug reactions the following treatments are recommended:

  • managing/avoiding allergic triggers
  • antihistamines
  • corticosteroids
  • topical lotions
  • immunotherapy or desensitisation
  • elimination diet
  • adrenaline autoinjector (EpiPen)
  • anaphylaxis action plan
  • risk reduction
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