Drug Allergy (cont.)
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Most people who have mild to moderately severe allergic reactions to a drug do very well. With treatment and stopping of the drug, most people will be much better within 48-72 hours.
Most people also do well after a severe drug allergy if they are evaluated promptly by a medical professional and treatment is started. Some reactions can be life-threatening, including serum sickness and anaphylaxis. People who have these reactions generally need to be admitted to the hospital.
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Drug eruptions can mimic a wide range of dermatoses. The morphologies are myriad and include morbilliform (most common, see Media file 1), urticarial, papulosquamous, pustular, and bullous. Medications can also cause pruritus and dysesthesia without an obvious eruption.