Drug Allergy

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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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 »


Dr. Naval Mendiratta

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 any pain in the hands or feet? Do you have ulcers any...  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 back, I started taking Betnelan 0.5 mg for asthma. After 5 to 6 months, my body was swollen, and my face color has turned black after two years of consuming this medicine. I reduced taking the medication slowly, and my swollen body has recovered. But, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You might be suffering from a cushingoid appearance with steroid facies. Please send few photographs of your face taken under natural light. Revert with more information to an allergy specialist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/allergy-speciali...  Read Full »

After undergoing skin firming treatment, I have two large bulges on my lower face. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 34, and I used to get Botox once in every few months. I recently went to a plastic surgeon to have a consult for skin firming treatment. I was told that I am an excellent candidate for Sculptra facial injections. I was told that the facial injections would cause no down time and g...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You might be suffering from granuloma formation following allergic reaction to injected substance. In some cases, they may take years to subside. A physical examination is required to confirm the diagnosis, and a long course of Prednisolone may be needed to hasten the re...  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 Pa...  Read Full »


Dr. J N Naidu

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 f...  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 »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

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 ...  Read Full »

Why are my lips and gums swollen and paining after applying Orajel?

Query: Hello doctor, The roof of my mouth and my gums around my upper front teeth are swollen for a few days no. I used Orajel, took some OTC pain medicines, rinsed with salt and water, and took a nap. When I woke up a couple of hours later, my lips were super swollen, and my gums are even more inflamed. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I was going through your history. It seemed to be gingivitis in the first part, but later it felt that you somehow initiated an allergic reaction. I would advise: Tablet Cetrizine 10 mg (Incidal) one tablet and continue twice a day for two days with or without foo...  Read Full »

What causes dark bluish-black patches on the palm of hands?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is six years old. I have two questions for two patches on his body. 1) For three years, we have seen this patch on his left-hand palm, which appeared dark bluish-black than it is today as it appears in the photo attached, but of the same size, as seen today and then gradually in...  Read Full »


Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached images (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Both of these could be fixed drug eruptions. It generally occurs when someone is allergic to a particular drug, and it occurs at a fixed place whenever the same drugs are taken and ...  Read Full »

How to treat swollen uvula and dry mouth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a swollen uvula for four weeks with a lump neck and dry mouth due to the medication. It is not painful. I have a sore, scratchy throat.  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammad Emranul Islam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The uvula is reddish, inflamed, and swelled with the posterior part of the soft palate. You have a dry mouth due to the medication, but please mention what medications you are taking and for what purpose. Do you have any allergies to dust, cold or anything? Do you h...  Read Full »

I have rashes on my neck and chest with fever and joint pain. Does it indicate HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, Initially, I noticed four red rashes on my chest and neck. On the next day, I got another four rashes on my face and after two days, I got rashes on my hand and fingers. I also have mild fever and joint pain. All the symptoms have started after my treatment for herpes from a hospital. Do...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please send a few good quality photographs taken in a natural light to help you better. Revert back with the photos to a HIV AIDS specialist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/HIV-AIDS-specialist  Read Full »

Does Abiraterone exposure affect pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor,I am six weeks pregnant and I might have exposed to a drug called Abiraterone indirectly. I had a patient who takes the medication. I did not handle the medicine directly but I am wondering whether can I get exposed to the medicine indirectly from the patient room. Is it possible to have i...  Read Full »


Dr. Arul Amuthan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Abiraterone is toxic. It can show toxicity when it enters our blood. When it is consumed orally, only fifty percent of it gets absorbed and the remaining gets excreted without absorption. So if the drug is exposed to the skin, eyes, and nose, the rate of absorption is n...  Read Full »

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