Allergies affect more than 50 million people in the United States -- the poor souls who sniffle, sneeze, and get all clogged up when face to face with the allergen (or allergens) that set them off.
For many, allergies are seasonal and mild, requiring nothing more than getting extra tissue or taking a decongestant occasionally. For others, the allergy is to a known food, and as long as they avoid the food, no problem.
But for legions of others adults, allergies are so severe it interferes with their...
Antibiotics -- penicillin, cephalosporins, or sulfonamides
Aquazide H, HydroDIURIL, and Microzide (hydrochlorothiazide)
Barbiturates and other anticonvulsants
Carbatrol, Tegretol (carbamazepine)
Contrast dyes used in X-rays and MRIs
Dilantin, Phenytek (phenytoin)
Echinacea and other alternative and herbal medicines
Pain medications that have codeine
Permitil and Prolixin (fluphenazine)
Prinivil and Zestril (lisinopril)
Thorazine or Ormazine (chlorpromazine)
If you get a rash after starting a new prescription medicine, call your doctor. You may want to take a photo of the rash with a digital camera or cellphone and send it to your doctor. The rash may be a result of a medical problem -- not the drug you're taking. Or your doctor may tell you to stop taking the drug and prescribe a different one. If you get a rash from a non-prescription medicine, stop taking it immediately. Call your doctor if you need suggestions for a different medicine.