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how can a person be tested for drug allergies

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not common: It is not common to test for drug allergies. The way to determine if you have an allergy is to see what happens when you take a drug. Certain drugs yo ... Read More
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
33 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Only some: Allergy skin testing is available for penicillin and also for local anesthetics.

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Fox
Dr. James Fox answered
44 years experience Allergy and Immunology
History: Most drug allergies are diagnosed based on the patient's history. There is a reliable (97% accurate) test for penicillin allergy. I have found that a ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susanne Gee
26 years experience Dermatology
Possible: It is possible for a person to develop a food or medication allergy at any time in their life. Drug allergies do not usually correspond to food allerg ... Read More
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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Not usually: The cause for multiple drug allergies to unrelated drugs remains to be established but there is no relationship to food allergies.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Fox
Dr. James Fox answered
44 years experience Allergy and Immunology
The tendancy is.: Patients with drug allergies are more likely than those without to have drug allergies. There probably is a genetic factor, but the gene has not been ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
28 years experience Pediatrics
See below: It depends on the severity of the reaction. Certainly removal of the offending drug is the first step. Then medication to help with itching or hives, ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Miller
51 years experience Rheumatology
Allergy: True allergy is a rash, fever, lung or any repeatable reaction after being exposed to a drug. Allergic reactions can cause asthma, rashes fever, even ... Read More
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Dr. Kevin Considine
30 years experience Family Medicine
Stop drug: If you are allergic to a drug and you have taken it or reacted to it. Stop taking the medication and call your doctor. Would recommend taking allergy ... Read More
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
What is the context: Depends on what you are looking for. No simple test. There are specific tests for certain things (penicillin). There are a few tests done to determin ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ostro
49 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Can't test for drugs: Penicillin is the only antibiotic that can be reliably skin tested. There are only a few other drugs for which skin testing has been shown to be relia ... Read More

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