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How am I diagnosed with a drug allergy?

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Your doctor will talk to you about your medical history and symptoms. If he thinks you might be allergic to an antibiotic, such as penicillin, he may give you a skin test to confirm it.

But skin testing doesn’t work for all drugs, and in some cases it could be dangerous. If you've had a severe, life-threatening reaction to a particular drug, your doctor will simply rule out that medicine as a treatment option for you. Getting an allergy test to find out if the severe reaction was a true allergic response isn't needed if there are other drug options.

From: Drug Allergies WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: "Avoiding Drug Interactions."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Drug Reactions."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Medications and Drug Allergic Reactions: Tips to Remember."

 

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

SOURCES:

FDA: "Avoiding Drug Interactions."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Drug Reactions."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Medications and Drug Allergic Reactions: Tips to Remember."

 

Reviewed by William Blahd on July 11, 2017

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