Originally Posted by PJ59
My internist has recommended that I go see an allergy specialist for my allergies.I am having a problem with extreme sensitivity to all prescription & otc drugs that I have used recently from NSAIDS,antihistamines,lidocaine,& others...But how can I be tested for drug allergies? I haven't been able to find much info on this subject.Thanks in advance!
That is a good question, and one I wish I could answer, as I also react to aspirin, NSAIDS, a number of antibiotics, and codeine.
According to the little I've read on the subject, there aren't a whole lot of tests available for specific drug allergies. Proteins like insulin, penicillin, and some products used in the health care field, can (supposedly) be tested by determining the presence of Ige antibodies, but my allergist said we'd probably have to go the route of eliminating certain medications, then reintroducing them (gradually) to see which one triggers a reaction.
Hopefully, when you go to an allergist, you two can work together on isolating what is causing your reactions.
What makes it a bit more difficult is that the reaction time for drug allergies can be anywhere from almost immediate to as long as two weeks after the drug was taken. Usually, drugs that have been taken for a number of weeks prior to the allergic reactions are less likely to be suspected of triggering a reaction - though some of them certainly do. rck213
- I'm sorry your allergist was so questioning about the reality of your situation. No patient needs to be given that sort of attitude! I heard the same thing, too, when I was hospitalized a year ago: I was assured I wouldn't react to an injection of a new antibiotic (I did - while in surgery
Someone (on these boards) who has already been through this process probably knows a lot more about what can be done for medication allergies than I do and I hope there are additional answers to your question.
Wishing you some answers and relief to your drug reactions!