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I've been asked a multitude of questions about drug allergies over the past 20 years. Most people do not get through life without having a side effect from a prescription drug or over the counter (OTC) medication. Adverse drug reactions occur when a medication causes a symptom or abnormal body function that is unintentional and potentially harmful. There are many types of adverse drug reactions but they are often classified as either allergic or non-allergic.
Allergic reactions to drugs are the result of the immune system responding to the medication as if it were a foreign invader (or germ). Symptoms and signs of drug allergy include: itching, rash, swelling, hives, wheezing, dizziness, fainting and fever or anaphylaxis (life threatening allergic reaction). But these are not the only possible signs/symptoms of allergic drug reactions. Some people may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Unfortunately many of the above signs/symptoms may also occur in...
Generic Name: HYDROCORTISONE ACETATE - TOPICAL Pronounced: (HYE-droe-KOR-ti-sone AS-e-tate) Medi-Cortisone Top Precautions
Before using hydrocortisone acetate, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other corticosteroids (e.g.,
prednisone, triamcinolone); or if you have any other allergies. This product
may contain inactive ingredients (such as sulfites), which can cause allergic
reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history.
Do not use if there is an infection or sore in the area to
be treated. Skin infections can become worse when this medication is used.
Notify your doctor promptly if redness, swelling, or irritation does not
Children may be more sensitive to the effects of too much
corticosteroid medication. Consult your doctor for more
During pregnancy, this medica...
I had an opportunity to talk with Robert Fisher, professional travel writer and editor at Frommers.com. Bob and I could have been separated at birth we have so many allergies in common, but most inspiring is how he's safely traveled the world for the past 30 or so years with allergies. For anyone who has allergies or is the parent of a child with allergies, you know how frightening it can be to eat somewhere new, leaving your safe home base. Below, Robert tells me some of his experiences, both the good, the bad and the itchy. SLOANE MILLER: What are your allergies? ROBERT FISHER: I'm anaphylactically allergic to peanuts and legumes like green peas, as well as having asthma and the usual environmental allergies to pollen, dust , dogs and cats. SM: Wow, just like me! Do you have your Epi-Pen and Benadryl with you? RF: Yes and prednisone as well. SM: We're like twins! I have the same medications in my purse and I always carry th...
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