Allergic Reaction to a Medication
Alternate Names : Drug Allergy, Medication Allergy
What can be done to prevent the condition?
There is no way to prevent the development of an allergic reaction to
a medication. Once a reaction has occurred, an individual should avoid that
particular medicine. Rarely, a person will need to take a medication even if
he or she is allergic to it. In those cases, the person can be pretreated with
medicines that prevent the allergic response. These
medicines include steroids, antihistamines, and epinephrine.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
There are few long-term problems associated with an allergic reaction. In a few
cases, the reaction will include severe asthma or shock. However, most people recover quickly.
What are the risks to others?
Allergic reactions are not contagious. They pose no risk to