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When should I see a doctor right away about my drug allergy?

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See a doctor immediately for these drug allergy symptoms:

  • A fast-spreading painful red or blistered area on the skin
  • Swollen face, tongue, or lips, even without breathing difficulty or increase in swelling
  • Top layer of skin peels off in sheets without blistering
  • Scalded-looking raw areas of flesh
  • Discomfort
  • Fever
  • Condition spreading to eyes, mouth, and genitals

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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