Many people believe that they suffer from a "drug allergy". However, an "allergy" only occurs when the immune system reacts to a drug with symptoms. This can be determined by special skin and laboratory tests.
In brief: In order to be able to record all drug reactions together, one speaks of drug intolerances. More than 80 percent of all drug intolerances are of non-allergic origin.
Therapy: The logical first step in the treatment of a drug allergy is to discontinue the triggering drug as soon as possible. However, there is the possibility of cross-reactions, especially with antibiotics and painkillers, so that replacement drugs with a similar protein structure could also trigger an allergy. ...more
Research approaches: Many people are mistakenly considered allergic to antibiotics throughout their lives. Researchers are therefore asking whether the sometimes painful and unreliable skin tests should not be dispensed with when diagnosing antibiotic allergies to mild exanthemas. ... more