Drug and Medication Allergies

While a person may experience any number of side effects from any medication, only about 5 to 10 percent of all reactions to drugs are a true allergic reaction.

Most often (but not always), there will be no reaction to the drug on the initial exposure.  But your body flags the drug as a danger and produces specific antibodies against it.  When you are exposed to the drug again, your body kicks in to fight the substance. Drug allergy reactions can range from mild (rash, fever, hives) to severe. The most severe immediate reaction is anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening condition.  These symptoms can come on within one hour and up to several hours later, and must always receive immediate medical attention. Antibiotics are the most common type of medication to cause anaphylactic shock.

Many believe that family history of a specific drug allergy means a higher chance of having it themselves, however, this is not true.  Genetics, body make-up, more frequent exposure to a drug, or the possibility of an underlying disease or medical issue are all factors that come into play with drug allergies.

At Bluegrass Allergy Care, we can help you determine if you are allergic to medications. Call us today to schedule an appointment.