While an allergy to the seasons or a certain bug or even peanut butter may be common, you may not have realized that it is actually possible to be allergic to certain medications. For many people, they typically don’t find out that they are allergic to certain medications until it is too late. For some, this could prove a lethal mistake. Even those who are allergic to something else may find that they need an allergic reaction treatment for that allergy, and then another allergic reaction treatment for that treatment. This can become a dangerous and confusing mess of what you should take and what you shouldn’t take. To help explain drug allergies, this article will go over some symptoms you might experience and procedures and steps you can take to help yourself.
Symptoms of a Drug Allergy
If you have oral or medication sensitivity, you might not know it until you have already taken the medication. Worse, you may think that the symptoms of your allergy are just symptoms of whatever it was you were suffering from before you took the medication. Certain reactions may even be life-threatening.
If you believe that you may have an oral or medication sensitivity, then you should speak with our doctor. They will go over the steps with you to determine if the allergic reaction was caused by the medication or something else. If it has been diagnosed as a drug allergy, then you may be asked to avoid that particular drug. Instead, you may be prescribed something similar to the drug that lacks the key ingredient that you’re allergic to.
However, in cases where you are unable to find a replacement and require the drug for your health, you may undergo drug desensitization. This is a process where the drug is still administered into your body at low doses. The idea is to have your body slowly acclimate to it and get used to its presence in your body. Once that has occurred, your body will no longer see it as a foreign invader that it needs to protect the body from. You may also want to consider pursuing natural methods of treatment.
Finding the Right Allergic Reaction Treatment
Because allergies can be life-threatening and difficult to diagnose, you need the right allergic reaction treatment best for you. At Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic, we can help you find that treatment. We are conveniently located in multiple offices across Washington, Oregon, and California. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!