Drug Allergy (cont.)
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Always contact the health-care provider who prescribed the medication for advice if you suspect a drug reaction is occurring.
When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for a Drug Allergy?
What Tests Do Health-Care Professionals Use to Diagnose a Drug Allergy?
Generally a drug allergy is diagnosed by signs and symptoms. Medical professionals are trained to recognize symptoms that fit a particular type of drug reaction pattern.
There is accurate skin testing that can be performed by an allergist to determine if an IgE-mediated reaction to penicillin occurred. Some allergists may order skin tests to other medications, as well.
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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.