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What can raise my odds of a drug allergy?

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We don't know why people get drug allergies. Some things seem to raise the odds, such as:

  • Having other allergies, like hay fever
  • Previous drug allergies
  • Family history of allergies
  • Having certain diseases, like Epstein-Barr, leukemia, or HIV
  • Being a woman

From: Facts About Drug Allergies WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Drug Reactions and Drug Allergies."

Levy, JH. , American Society of Anesthesiologists,  2005. Anaphylaxis and Adverse Drug Reactions

UpToDate: "An approach to the patient with drug allergy," "Rapid drug desensitization for immediate hypersensitivity reactions," "Drug Allergy: Classification and Clinical Features."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: “Drug Allergy Overview.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

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

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Drug Reactions and Drug Allergies."

Levy, JH. , American Society of Anesthesiologists,  2005. Anaphylaxis and Adverse Drug Reactions

UpToDate: "An approach to the patient with drug allergy," "Rapid drug desensitization for immediate hypersensitivity reactions," "Drug Allergy: Classification and Clinical Features."

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: “Drug Allergy Overview.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

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