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What will happen when you go to your doctor's office regarding drug allergies?

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A physical exam : Your doctor will carefully check you -- especially your skin -- to see if you have a rash or hives.

Some questions: Your doctor will want details about the medicines you've been using, your symptoms, and your health.

Blood tests: If you’ve had a serious skin reaction, your doctor may ask for these to check how your organs are working and to see if there are any other signs of an allergic reaction.

Other tests: Depending on your case, your doctor may need to see some other things, like a chest X-ray.

Treatment: If your symptoms are severe, your doctor will give you medicine to help control the reaction.

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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