medication allergies

medication allergies

06 May: Medication Allergies: Everything You Need to Know

Medication allergies occur as a result of an immunologic reaction characterized by itching, hives, shortness of breath, rash and facial swelling. Most reactions are mild, but some can be life-threatening. Anaphylactic shock is the most serious kind of allergic reaction to a drug. The first time you take a medication, there may not be any symptoms as this is the initial exposure. But, during this time the body produces antibodies as protection against the drug because it is perceived as a pathogen or foreign body. When you take the drug again, your body is prepared to fight the invader and white blood cells respond by producing histamine. Once histamine is released, symptoms start to occur and a chemical chain reaction…