Abnormal immune system reaction to any over-the-counter, herbal, or prescription medicine is called drug allergy. Based on how severe the allergic reaction is, it can result in skin rashes, hives, itching, swelling, shortness of breath, and fever, or severe life-threatening complications like anaphylaxis.
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My son had an allergy to homeopathic medicine for cold symptoms. Does he need emergency care?
Query: Hello doctor, My son had an allergic reaction about 24 hours ago. He took homeopathic medicine to help relieve his cold symptoms, and his lips swelled up very badly. There were no other symptoms. He took 50 mg of Benedryl last night, and the swelling is almost gone today. What do I do now? Does he n... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your problem. Please check for these things. 1. Difficulty in breathing - any whistling or abnormal sounds while breathing? 2. Did he sleep well in the night after the swelling? 3. Any difficulty in swallowing - is he eating well?... Read Full »
Is there any blood test to diagnose drug allergy?
Query: Hi doctor, I am allergic to NSAIDs. The reaction includes intense swelling of the face and difficulty in breathing. When I had my first baby, I was taken in for an emergency C-section. But due to my allergy, they were unable to administer the drugs they would usually give post-surgery. I was given ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You did not mention which NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) gave allergic reaction. Chemically, NSAIDs may be different. You may be allergic to one group of NSAIDs, not necessarily to other group. Definetely there are alternatives. Feel free to contact for ... Read Full »
How to develop my immunity if I am allergic to Hydroxychloroquine?
Query: Hello doctor, I am allergic to Quinolones, Metronidazole, Ibuprofen, Diclofenac, and Aspirin. Please tell me whether I am allergic to Hydroxychloroquine or not. If yes, then please tell me ways to how to develop my immunity? Food that I should eat and should I drink hot or cold water? What all the s... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is less likely you would be allergic to Hydroxychloroquine. However, allergy is not the only criterion. A detailed physical examination along with an ECG (electrocardiography) report will have to be done to check if your body can tolerate the medication or no. There... Read Full »
Does vasoconstriction occur due to an allergy to antihistamines?
Query: Hi doctor, I am having major vasoconstriction problems. I would like to know if my daily antihistamines intake is causing this problem. I am taking Loratadine and Fexofenadine hydrochloride daily for allergies. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to know in detail, what you mean by vasoconstriction problems? Is it affecting your hands or your feet or anywhere in the nasal bed? Do you experience any bluish discoloration of the nails or hands? Do you have any pain in the hands or feet? Do you have ul... Read Full »
After taking Betnelan for two years, my face has turned black. Kindly suggest.
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old male. Five years ago, I started taking Betnelan 0.5 mg for asthma. After 5 to 6 months, my body was swollen, and my face color turned black after two years of consuming this medicine. I reduced taking the medication slowly, and my swollen body recovered. But, my affecte... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com.You might be suffering from a cushingoid appearance with steroid facies. Please send a few photographs of your face taken under natural light. Read Full »
Can you take Tylenol with Amoxicillin?
Query: Hi doctor, Yesterday, I had my wisdom tooth extracted. I received a prescription for Tylenol 3 (equivalent to Acetaminophen 300 mg and Codeine 30 mg) for pain and Amoxicillin (500 mg) to prevent infection. I immediately took one Amoxicillin as I walked out of the dental office and for the rest of th... Read Full »
Answer: Hi. Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and can understand your health concern. The allergic reaction can be due to Amoxicillin only, because Acetaminophen and Codeine will not cause any allergic reaction. I suggest you to stop Amoxicillin. You can use any of the Cephalosporin i... Read Full »
Can I take Carisoprodol as I am allergic to Ibuprofen?
Query: Hi doctor, I am allergic to Ibuprofen. Can I take Carisoprodol? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Carisoprodol is a muscle relaxant barbiturate compound. Do not use it if you are allergic to Meprobamate, Tybamate or Mebutamate or Carisoprodol itself. However, Ibuprofen allergy is not a contraindication for use of Carisoprodol as they are different line of compound... Read Full »
How to take Plan B if you are allergic to Levonorgestrel?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20 year old female, who weighs 140 lbs and 5.6 feet tall. I am allergic to Levonorgestrel, and I want to take Plan B. What will happen if I do take it? I developed a rash in high school after using pure Progesterone cream. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, with drugs it is always hard to say which one will cause allergy and when. One can never predict. Since you already had an allergic reaction to pure Progesterone cream, it is a tough call. But the creams usually have a lot of ingredients apart from the dru... Read Full »
How likely am I to develop anaphylaxis to local anesthetic if I tolerated it in the past?
Query: Hi doctor, I am 27 years old and really worried about developing anaphylaxis to a local anesthetic. Even though I have had it twice without any problems, I would just like some information on how likely this is to happen and some information to help me put my mind to rest and stop worrying. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Anaphylaxis may last lifelong. Also, if you have not experienced a severe reaction in the past, you are unlikely to develop the same in future. Do not worry. Just be aware and keep rescue medicine always with you as standby. For more information consult a pediatric ... Read Full »
After taking antibiotics for the flu, I got an extreme allergic reaction. Is this normal?
Query: Hi doctor, I recently had the flu that is going round. During it, my GP prescribed me Erythromycin because she thought that I had a bacterial infection in my throat. Whether or not she was right, I suffered an extreme allergic reaction to the antibiotic, which I had used before without side effects.... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. During an episode of the flu, the rash is a very common manifestation. However, at times, it is very tough to differentiate if it is a viral rash or a drug rash because of allergy to the medication.Viral exanthems do follow a pattern in a few cases, and they subside on th... Read Full »