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According to HealthLink BC Drug Allergy happens when you have a harmful reaction to a medicine you use. Your body’s immune system fights back by setting off an allergic reaction. Most drug allergies are mild, and the symptoms go away within a few days after you stop using the medicine. But some drug allergies can be very serious.
Some drug allergies go away with time. But after you have an allergic reaction to a drug, you will probably always be allergic to that drug. You can also be allergic to other drugs that are like it.
A drug allergy is one type of harmful, or adverse, drug reaction. There are other kinds of adverse drug reactions. Symptoms and treatments of different kinds of adverse reactions vary. So your doctor or other medical Practitioners will want to find out if you have a true drug allergy or if you have another type of bad reaction that isn’t as serious.
Symptoms of Drug Allergies
The symptoms of a drug allergy can range from mild to very serious. Most of the time they appear within 1 to 72 hours. They include:
The best thing you can do for a drug allergy is to stop taking the medicine that causes it. Talk to your doctor or other qualified medical Practitioner to see if you can take another type of medicine or there are other solutions.
How to take care of yourself at home:
If you do have a mild reaction, take steps to relieve symptoms such as itching. Take cool showers, or apply cool compresses. Wear light clothing that doesn’t bother your skin. Stay away from strong soaps and detergents, which can make itching worse.
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