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Are you currently using a medicine to which you believe you may be allergic? Have you ever stopped using a drug that was otherwise effective for you because you had an adverse reaction? You might be right, but we won’t be able to treat you effectively until we confirm your drug allergy. Continue reading to learn how we can test you for a drug allergy, and then call Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500 to learn more.
When you look at the probable side effects of a medicine, you’ll see that they’re typically the consequence of an allergic reaction to the drug. Certain medicines, such as penicillin, are completely safe for virtually everyone but can be fatal for certain people. You can stay safe and healthy if you know what drugs you are allergic to.
When you work with Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group, you will begin with a physical exam and case history, just as you would at any doctor’s appointment. We’ll learn everything there is to know about the drugs you’re taking and have taken. We’ll speak about the signs and symptoms you’ve had. Our allergists are experts in this field, so you can be certain that we’ll ask the proper questions to gather the information we need. We understand that you may have gone through this with previous doctors, but we start from the beginning to ensure that everything is done correctly.
You may have heard that blood tests are ineffective in detecting whether or not a person is allergic to a drug. This is typically accurate, however they can help you figure out whether you’re allergic to things like insulin, antibiotics, or muscle relaxants. If we feel there’s a chance you’re allergic to one of these chemicals, we could suggest a blood test for you. This is especially true if your reaction was severe enough that a skin prick test should be avoided.
Skin prick tests are the gold standard for detecting drug allergies for a reason: they provide us with a lot of information. However, while these skin tests might provide false positives, they can also produce solid negative findings. As a consequence, they may be used to rule out certain sensitivities and restrict our choices.
It is critical to get medical assistance as soon as possible if you suspect you are allergic to a drug. When you have a specific allergy problem, don’t go to a general practitioner. Contact Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Medical Group at 805-658-9500 for help.