Drug Allergies

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Drug Allergies

The prevalence of reported drug allergy is commin, affecting around 7% of the general population. Drug allergies can cause severe reactions, including anaphylaxis, which is life-threatening. That’s why visiting Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates is crucial if you suspect you have a drug allergy. The team has the expertise and experience to find the root cause of your symptoms, determine what drug you’re allergic to, and provide an effective treatment. To schedule an appointment at the office nearest you in Boulder, Lakewood, Westminster, Denver, Littleton, or Arvada, Colorado, call or book online today.

Drug Allergies Q & A

What are drug allergies? 

Drug allergies occur when your immune system reacts abnormally to certain medications.

When you have a drug allergy, the team at Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates has the necessary expertise to understand your specific needs and develop a personalized treatment plan to provide the care you need to manage this condition. 

What are the symptoms of drug allergies? 

Symptoms of drug allergies can vary from person to person. They can be mild or severe that include reactions such as:

  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Rash
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the face or throat

If you experience any of these symptoms after taking medication, seek help from the Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates team.

The most severe reaction includes anaphylaxis, which requires immediate medical attention. You should call 911 right away.

When should I see an allergist about drug allergies? 

You should consider seeing your provider at Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates if you have experienced severe reactions or require medication you suspect you may be allergic to. 

The team of allergists at Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates specializes in diagnosing and managing allergies, including drug allergies. They can conduct a comprehensive evaluation, including a detailed medical history, physical examination, and potentially allergy testing to help determine the exact cause of your symptoms and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

How are drug allergies treated?

Treatment for drug allergies typically involves avoiding the medication that triggers your allergic reaction. The team at Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates can provide you with alternative medication options that are safe for you to use. 

In case of accidental exposure or milder reactions, they may prescribe medications, such as antihistamines or corticosteroids, to alleviate symptoms.

For severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis, they may prescribe an epinephrine autoinjector. This device delivers a dose of epinephrine, a life-saving medication that can rapidly reverse the allergic reaction. They educate you on using the autoinjector correctly and advise you to always carry it with you.

Working with the Denver Allergy & Asthma Associates team gives you the expert care and guidance needed to manage your drug allergies effectively. Call the friendly office staff today to schedule an appointment or book online any time.