As with other allergic reactions, symptoms can occur when your body’s immune system becomes sensitized to a substance in the medication, perceives it as a foreign invader, and releases chemicals to defend against it.
People with drug allergies may experience symptoms regardless of whether their medicine comes in liquid, pill or injectable form. If you feel confused about your symptoms and which medications are safe for you to take then it’s time to take control and see an allergist.
Drug Allergy Symptoms
- Skin rash or hives
- Wheezing or other breathing problems
- Anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening reaction that can simultaneously affect two or more organ systems (for example, when there is both a rash and difficulty breathing)
*Medication testing is a specialized test that is typically scheduled after your initial visit