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Can you take bactroban (mupirocin) if you have a sulfa drug allergy?

Can you take bactroban (mupirocin) if you have a sulfa drug allergy?

Yes: Bactroban (mupirocin) is a topical medication for treating skin infections. If you have an allergy to sulfa antibiotics, you should not have a problem with bactroban (mupirocin) which is not absorbed into your system and should not cause an allergic reaction in those with a sulfa antibiotic (which is absorbed). ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Drug Allergy (Definition)

A drug allergy occurs when a person is sensitive to a medicine. Signs of allergy can include itching, rashes, breathing problems and even life threatening problems like low blood pressure and anaphylaxis. Hepatitis can occur with severe drug allergies. It is imperative to stop the ...Read more


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Is length of use a drug allergy risk?

Is length of use a drug allergy risk?

No: Not to most medications. Occassionally patients will develop reactions to medications that they have taken long term however this is not the usual course. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a real drug allergy?

What are symptoms of a real drug allergy?

Rash and anaphylaxis: The most common allergic reaction to a drug is a rash. In severe cases this is accompanied by breathing trouble and could even be life-threatening anaphylaxis. Stomach upset is a common side effect and is not likely to be a true allergy. However, it is still important to let your doctor know this. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: drug allergy?

What is the definition or description of: drug allergy?

Reactions to a drug: A drug allergy occurs when a person is sensitive to a medicine. Signs of allergy can include itching, rashes, breathing problems and even life threatening problems like low blood pressure and anaphylaxis. Hepatitis can occur with severe drug allergies. It is imperative to stop the drug causing the allergy. ...Read more

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How do I overcome a drug allergy?

How do I overcome a drug allergy?

Tricky: Medication reactions can be tricky as the type of reaction can be intolerance vs allergic. Avoidance is the best treatment for a drug allergy and using a suitable alternative. In a life threatening circumstance, desensitization by an allergist in the hospital is an option. Sometimes drug allergy can resolve over time such as penicillin. An allergist can assist in a good long term plan. ...Read more

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How can I overcome a drug allergy?

How can I overcome a drug allergy?

See an allergist: You will need to see an allergist. They will determine if you are truly allergic. If you are an you need the medication there are protocols that can be used to desensitize you. Most of the time this is not necessary as alternative agents are usually available. ...Read more

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What to do for a drug allergy rash?

What to do for a drug allergy rash?

Rash: Talk to your doctor about stopping the drug felt to be causing the rash. Then treat the symptoms, such as antihistamines for itching. If the symptoms are more serious such as swelling or trouble breathing, definitely see a doctor. ...Read more

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What should I do for drug allergy rash?

What should I do for drug allergy rash?

#1:STOP DRUG FIRST: Stop the drug immediately and consider benadryl (diphenhydramine). Observe for symptoms of airway difficulty: lip or tongue swelling which should prompt you to call 911 if this should occur. Consider a medalert bracelet identifying the allergy or seeking an allergist for desensitization. ...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