Drug Allergies and Rashes in Southern California

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What is a drug allergy?
A drug allergy is the reaction you get from any drug, either prescribed or over the counter, which you take and your body is allergic to it. Typically this is because your body's immune system reacts to the drug by setting off an allergic reaction. Most drug allergies are mild. In those cases the symptoms go away within a few days after you stop taking the medicine. Sometimes taking something like Benadryl can help you overcome the allergic reaction to that medicine quicker. There are also drug allergies that are very serious and dangerous to you if not quickly taken care of.
Most drug allergies go away with time. One thing to keep in mind is that once you have an allergic reaction to a drug, you will probably always be allergic to that drug. Now keep a look out because you may also be allergic to other drugs that are similar to that one you just were allergic to.
Drug allergies are one type of harmful drug reaction, but there are other types of adverse drug reactions. Symptoms and treatments to adverse reactions will vary. Here at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists, we take drug allergies very serious, we will want to find out if you have a true drug allergy or if you are dealing with a bad reaction that isn't as serious.
What are the symptoms to a Drug Allergy?
The symptoms of a drug allergy can range from mild to very serious. Most of the time they appear within 1 to 72 hours and can include:
Hives or welts, a rash or blisters, this the the most typical type of reaction to a drug allergy.
Coughing, wheezing, a runny nose, and trouble breathing.
A fever.
Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, this is a serious skin condition that makes your skin blister and peel, it can be deadly if it is not treated immediately.
Anaphylaxis, is the most dangerous reaction you can have. It can be deadly, and you will need emergency treatment. Without emergency care, you could die! the symptoms, will include hives and trouble breathing and usually appear within 1 hour after you take the medicine.
What medicines commonly cause an allergic reaction?
Any medicine can cause an allergic reaction, what we treat most for allergic reactions include:
  • Penicillins (such as ampicillin or amoxicillin)
  • Sulfa medicines
  • Barbiturates
  • Insulin
  • Vaccines
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Medicines for hyperthyroidism.
How is a drug allergy diagnosed?
If you believe you are having an serious allergic reaction to a drug or medicine, go straight to the emergency room or call 911. If you are not sure and get a skin reaction like hives after you take a drug or medicine, Call Us! We will get you an appointment with one of our dermatology specialists and do a thorough exam to start to diagnose the allergy. During that exam we will ask you some simple questions about the medicines you now take and have taken in the past and we will also ask about your past health and your symptoms.
We may also schedule a skin tests if the allergy does not quickly become evident.
Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists offers many procedures and therapies for the treatment of the different types of drug rashes & allergies. Call us and schedule an appointment to have one of our skin care specialists look at your individual situation and develop a plan for the diagnosis & treatment of this condition.

The information above is intended for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
Temecula :(951) 303-6900
31720 Temecula Parkway, Suite 200
Temecula, CA 92592

Menifee/Sun City: (951) 303-6900
26960 Cheerry Hills Blvd, Suite C
Sun City, CA 92586

La Quinta: (760) 564-8200
79430 Highway 111, Suite 102
La Quinta, CA 92253

Hemet: (951) 929-DERM (3376)
1011 E. Devonshire Ave., Suite 203
Hemet, CA 92543

Moreno Valley: (951) 208-7994
24060 Fir Avenue, Unit B
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Palm Springs: (760) 832-6277
El Mirador Medical Plaza at desert Regional
Medical Center Campus
1180 North India Canyon Drive, Suite #E315
Palm Springs, CA 92262