No two people respond to a given medication in the same way. While some individuals may be able to take a medication safely, others may have an intense allergic reaction to the same product. Because medications are an important part of staying healthy, it’s critical that patients with medication allergies have them evaluated and treated in a timely manner.
Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic connects patients with the evaluative and treatment services needed to both diagnose and overcome their medication allergies. If you’d like more information about our team of experienced allergists or are interested in scheduling a consultation appointment with us, contact our California, Oregon, or Washington offices today.
What are Medication Allergies?
A medication allergy is the presence of a consistent allergic reaction to a specific medication. While any medication can trigger an allergic reaction, some medications have a higher chance of causing problems than others. These include:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- HIV drugs
- Anti-seizure drugs
- IV administered muscle relaxers
All medications have the potential to cause side effects. However, only about 5-10% of these side effects are signs of an allergic reaction. Because of this, it’s important to establish the difference between an unusual allergic reaction and normal drug side effects. An allergic reaction is a part of an abnormal immune response that manifests itself in the form of rashes, lightheadedness, itchy skin, or in severe cases, anaphylactic shock. While symptoms of normal drug side effects vary from medication to medication, these are usually predictable and listed on the packaging for the medication.
How can we Help?
Medication allergies can range from mild to life-threatening. While alternative medications that a patient is not allergic to may be available for some conditions, for others, a specific medication may be the only answer to their medical problem. That’s where Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic comes in.
Our specialists at Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic provide patients with access to the evaluative and treatment solutions necessary to both diagnose and treat medication allergies. The allergists at our practice have a considerable amount of experience addressing many different kinds of medication allergies, so patients can take comfort knowing they are receiving treatment from the best experts on the West Coast.
Relief from your medication allergies is just a phone call away. Contact Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic today to schedule a consultation appointment, and take the first step towards an allergy-free life.