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How can a person be tested for drug allergies?

How can a person be tested for drug allergies?

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 you know you might have an allergy to if you have other allergies like eggs and Propofol (the drug that mj overdosed on). ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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How are drug allergies diagnosed? By the person at home?

How are drug allergies diagnosed? By the person at home?

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 picture on a patient's cell phone can be helpful. ...Read more

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What r chances an adult w/no known food allergies will develp one? Does having drug allergies increase a person's chances?

What r chances an adult w/no known food allergies will develp one? Does having drug allergies increase a person's chances?

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 allergies or visa versa. There are some plant allergies that correspond to food allergies, however. ...Read more

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Does a person who has multiple drug allergies and is also just prone to hives also have to avoid high-risk foods even if not officially allergic?

Does a person who has multiple drug allergies and is also just prone to hives also have to avoid high-risk foods even if not officially allergic?

Not usually: The cause for multiple drug allergies to unrelated drugs remains to be established but there is no relationship to food allergies. ...Read more

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Are drug allergies inheritable?

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 isolated. ...Read more

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How are drug allergies treated usually?

How are drug allergies treated usually?

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, an antihistamine maybe needed. Also, steroids are some times used. And in severe cases, hospitalization maybe indicated. ...Read more

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What kind of condition is medicine (drug) allergies?

What kind of condition is medicine (drug) allergies?

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 heart stoppage and death. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for drug allergies?

What is the best treatment for drug allergies?

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 medication like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and drinking lots of water as well to help decrease the symptoms. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test to determine drug allergies?

Is there a blood test to determine drug allergies?

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 determine if an individual can tolerate a certain med (G6PD). Mostly, though, it comes down to trial of a med and knowledge of what to look for. For example if you get a cough with ACE inhib (lisinopril) your DR will change you to ARB (valsartan) ...Read more

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Can drug allergies be confirmed by allergist testing?

Can drug allergies be confirmed by allergist testing?

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 reliable. By taking a detailed history, an allergist can often reliably determine if a person has experienced an allergic reaction to a particular drug. ...Read more