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When should I get medical attention for a drug allergy?

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You should I see a doctor about a drug allergy if you have:

  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the throat or a feeling that the airways are closing
  • Hoarseness or trouble speaking
  • Swollen lips, tongue, or throat
  • Nausea, abdominal pain, or vomiting
  • Fast heartbeat or pulse
  • Anxiety or dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Hives and trouble breathing
  • Other symptoms of a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
  • Had severe reactions in the past

From: Drug Allergy Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Kaiser Permanente: "Drug Allergies" and "Medication Allergies: Treatment Overview."

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

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis."

Drug Allergy Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2018

SOURCES:

Kaiser Permanente: "Drug Allergies" and "Medication Allergies: Treatment Overview."

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

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis."

Drug Allergy Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 05, 2018

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