Medication Allergies

Certain types of medications and/or drugs can cause allergic reactions…

Certain types of medications and/or drugs can cause allergic reactions in people. At some point we will all need to take medication and the goal is to take the best medication with the least side effects. This is not possible to those with medication allergies. 10% of patients in a hospital report having a penicillin allergy, however 90% of those people could safely take penicillin. This improper diagnosis results in people spending more time in a hospital, and some studies suggest they have worse outcomes. Many are exposed to other antibiotics with less efficacy and worse side effects. Thankfully, there is safe and effective skin test that helps determine if a person still has an allergy to penicillin, and we perform this test in our offices.

Contrarily there are no other validated skin tests for medications other than penicillin, but we can still help. If you are concerned that you are allergic to a non penicillin related drug, our first step is to determine if the problems with the medication are due to simple side effects (which can be usually be managed) or are due to true allergies. Even people with true allergies can safely receive the drug through inpatient desensitization.  Inpatient desensitization usually takes between 6 and 12 hours to complete.

Hudson Allergy has extensive experience desensitizing patients to a host of different medications, including cancer chemotherapy agents. We work closely with our partners at New York Presbyterian and at Memorial Sloan Kettering to make this as easy as possible on our patients.

If you were diagnosed with a penicillin allergy as a child or feel you are allergic to a medication, schedule an appointment with our office to find out what you are allergic to.

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