Skip to content

    Allergies Health Center

    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    How to Find Out if You've Got a Drug Allergy

    When your doctor tries to figure out if a medicine you take is triggering an allergic reaction, there's a bit of detective work involved. You'll need to work together to get at the truth.

    One big way you can help is to ask yourself eight key questions, write down the answers, and bring that info to your next appointment:

    Recommended Related to Allergies

    Could It Be an Allergy?

    Wondering if your nagging cold is actually an allergy? Or what about your new skin cream that made your hands break out? Distinguishing an allergy from a non-allergic condition is not always a clear-cut task. But knowing the difference can sometimes help you solve what's ailing you, which in turn could mean faster relief. Mary Fields knows just how difficult pinpointing an allergy can be. The 64-year-old Bronx resident tells WebMD she was convinced her frequent hives were caused by something in...

    Read the Could It Be an Allergy? article > >

    1. What medicines did you take before the reaction? What was the dose?
    2. What symptoms did you have?
    3. How quickly did they start after you took the drug?
    4. Did they change or fade over time?
    5. Did you do anything to ease the symptoms? Did it help?
    6. Have you had any drug allergies before? If so, to what?
    7. Do you have other allergies, such as nasal allergies to pollen or mold?
    8. Do you have any medical conditions?

    Also bring a list of the medicines, vitamins, and supplements you use. Even better, put all the bottles in a bag and take them with you so your doctor can see them.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Stanley M. Fineman, MD, MBA on October 14, 2014

    Today on WebMD

    man blowing nose
    Make these tweaks to your diet, home, and lifestyle.
    Allergy capsule
    Breathe easier with these products.
     
    cat on couch
    Live in harmony with your cat or dog.
    Woman sneezing with tissue in meadow
    Which ones affect you?
     

    blowing nose
    Article
    woman with sore throat
    Article
     
    lone star tick
    Slideshow
    Woman blowing nose
    Slideshow
     

    Send yourself a link to download the app.

    Loading ...

    Please wait...

    This feature is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.

    Thanks!

    Now check your email account on your mobile phone to download your new app.

    cat lying on shelf
    Article
    Allergy prick test
    VIDEO
     
    Man sneezing into tissue
    Assessment
    Woman holding feather duster up to face, twitching
    Quiz