We get a lot of questions on this site about what people assume are allergic reactions to something. But the truth is, some of the symptoms described don't sound at all like allergic reactions. It seems there is a lot of confusion about what an allergic reaction truly is, so today's post will help shed some light on this issue.
What Is an Allergic Reaction?
An allergic reaction is a series of events in your body that occurs in response to an "invasion" by a foreign substance wrongly interpreted as a threat to your health. It is your body's attempt to protect itself.
This reaction begins in your immune system, which is designed to protect you from truly harmful substances such as bacteria, viruses and toxins. But in the case of allergies, the immune system overreacts. This is called being hypersensitive. An antibody called IgE is a big factor in the immune response associated with allergy. In fact, a blood test can measure the level of IgE in your body and tell a doctor t...
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Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or
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Penicillin allergy represents the most common drug allergy in the United States. Somewhere between one and 10 percent of people avoid penicillin because of a history of reacting to it. But did you know 80-90 percent of the time it may not be a true penicillin allergy? Yes, many people are labeled “penicillin allergic” but, in fact, are not allergic to this class of drug. Why is this?
Drug reactions are documented, in most cases, purely by the report of a patient having an adverse response to a medication. When someone experiences a rash, itching, upset stomach, diarrhea, abdominal pain, swelling, dizziness, lightheadedness, throat symptoms or shortness of breath while taking a medication, drug allergy is appropriately considered. Unfortunately, all it takes is the consideration for health providers to make the claim of drug allergy.
True drug allergies are mediated by an antibody that we all have, and is referred to as IgE . When our bodies gener...
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