Do you suffer from skin irritations such as itchiness, rashes and hives, but have no idea what is causing them after taking certain medications?
Unbeknownst to many, the underlying causes of allergies differ from individual to individual. The three most common allergies are contact allergy, food allergy and drug allergy.
A drug allergy is the reaction of the body’s immune system to a particular medicine. When this happens, the immune system treats the drug as a threat to the body, releasing chemicals that induce symptoms of an allergic reaction.
All types of medicine, whether prescribed or herbal, can cause a drug allergy. Some medicines are more prone to causing drug allergies.
Consuming certain drugs can trigger allergies in some individuals. Common drugs that cause allergies include:
The symptoms of drug allergy vary from each individual, and can occur immediately or after a few weeks. These are some common symptoms:
Drug allergies can also trigger a serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. This requires urgent medical attention. These are the symptoms of anaphylaxis:
Drug allergies can be serious and life-threatening. They usually manifest as hives, fever, and rashes, leading to inflammation and redness. However, occasionally they can cause serious illnesses requiring intensive care stay in the hospital. They can be life threatening when the airway is compromised and patients cannot breathe properly.
While anyone can develop a drug allergy at any age, there are some factors that put you at a higher risk.
Drug allergies may be diagnosed based on your symptoms alone, or your dermatologist may suggest tests to determine the source (or sources) of your allergy.
Treatment options for drug allergies in Singapore vary, as it depends on how severe your reactions are and how important the drug is to your well being. Once the drug allergy has been identified, you should avoid the culprit drug to prevent further allergic reactions and look for suitable alternatives. Always inform your healthcare providers and doctors if you have a diagnosed drug allergy.
These are some common treatment options for drug allergy:
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