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What might my doctor suggest I do to manage my drug allergy?

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  • Switching drugs
  • Allergy testing
  • Desensitization: You would get a small dose of the drug and then it would be raised gradually. The slow increase may get your body more used to the drug and lower your risk of an allergic reaction. It’s done in the hospital or doctor’s office.

Desensitization is not a cure. It’s only temporary. It doesn't work for everyone and it has risks. But it's one way for you to keep getting a medicine you need.

SOURCES:

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

Solensky, R. Immunology, October 2010. Annals of Allergy, Asthma &

UpToDate: "An approach to the patient with drug allergy," "Rapid drug desensitization for immediate hypersensitivity reactions."

World Allergy Organization: "Drug Allergies."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

SOURCES:

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

Solensky, R. Immunology, October 2010. Annals of Allergy, Asthma &

UpToDate: "An approach to the patient with drug allergy," "Rapid drug desensitization for immediate hypersensitivity reactions."

World Allergy Organization: "Drug Allergies."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 14, 2018

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