Phoenix Drug Allergy Testing
San Tan Allergy & Asthma
In most cases, testing for medication allergies cannot solely be done with skin testing. This testing my involve blood work and in some cases an in-office challenge appointment may be necessary to help clarify whether an allergy exists.
We do offer evaluation and allergy testing (when necessary/possible) for certain medications including antibiotics, aspirin, and anesthetics. Your provider will determine which testing will be most appropriate for you. In most cases an initial consultation will be required prior to scheduling a separate appointment for testing.
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Overview of Drug Allergic Reactions
Having an allergic reaction to a drug is not the same as experiencing a side effect of a drug, and typically the symptoms are easy to distinguish. For example, most people recognize that hives are a sign of an allergic reaction, and they would not confuse that with a side effect of a drug. The reaction you have will depend on the drug and how much you took. It is important that if you experience anything unusual after taking a medication – whether herbal or prescription – you contact a doctor.
Common Symptoms of a Drug Allergy
The symptoms of an allergic reaction to a medication are similar to symptoms of other allergic reactions, which makes them relatively easy to recognize. Common symptoms of a drug allergy reaction include hives, itching, swelling, skin rash, wheezing, shortness of breath, runny nose, and watery eyes. In some cases, you can also get a fever. It is important that you get tested for a drug allergy if you experience any of these symptoms after taking any kind of medication, even if you took that medication in the past with no reaction.
Preparing for Your Appointment
You will first need to schedule an appointment for an evaluation, during which time the doctor will take a medical history and talk with you about other times you have taken the drug in question and what types of reactions you have had. The doctor will determine the best type of testing to perform, such as a blood test or a challenge test. You may be asked to discontinue certain medications that may interfere with the results of the test. The doctor will discuss everything with you in detail during your evaluation.
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Management and Treatment of a Drug Allergy
You may need to carry a dose of epinephrine, known as an Epi Pen, to treat your symptoms if you are exposed to a drug that triggers anaphylaxis. Corticosteroids can also be administered to treat inflammation caused by serious reactions, and antihistamines can be taken to treat more minor symptoms.
We also offer drug desensitization that helps your body become more tolerant of the drug to which you are allergic. Drug desensitization exposes you to small amounts of the drug in our controlled clinic setting. Over time, you are given greater amounts of the drug, and your body is able to build up a tolerance to it so that your immune system does not have a strong reaction to it. Drug desensitization may be able to help you avoid a serious reaction like anaphylaxis.. The length of treatment and the results depend on your body’s own biology and the severity of the allergic reaction to the drug. Our allergists will determine a treatment plan that will be most effective for you.
The caring and compassionate providers at San Tan Allergy and Asthma are ready to help you get to the bottom of your troubling allergy symptoms and find out what drug might be causing the reaction. Our practice takes a patient-centered approach that puts your symptoms and your goals at the front of our care plan. We work to get results quickly, whether that be conclusive testing or a plan to manage your allergy and keep you safe. Call us today to make an appointment for drug allergy testing or to learn more about our services.
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