Medication Allergy Treatment Houston, Texas
Most patients who say they are allergic to penicillin are not.
All medications have the potential to cause side effects. But only about 5 to 10% of reactions to drugs are allergic. Testing is a way to get an accurate diagnosis.
The most common drug reactions come from antibiotics (like penicillin), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), anticonvulsants, monoclonal antibody therapy and chemotherapy. Antibiotics include penicillin, amoxicillin, erythromycin and cephalexin. NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, and aleve.
More than 90% of patients who believe they are allergic to penicillin tested negative. This false belief limits antibiotic choices. Alternatives to penicillin may cause drug resistance or side effects. They may also be more expensive or less effective.
Identifying the cause of a drug allergy in patients on multiple medications can be challenging. Your doctor will ask you questions to establish the true cause of symptoms.
Allergy treatment can stop or reduce medication allergies. Allergy doctors can administer medications or vaccines in special doses in the safe environment of their office. This may be important in certain cases. For example, aspirin may cause hives in a patient but is needed for cardiovascular disease prevention.
For more information about medication allergies or to contact us directly and set up and appointment to discuss treatment call 281.713.9011