Do you, or a family member, have an allergy to a medication? If so, you’re not alone. And if you’re a woman, you’re in even greater company.
A study of more than 1 million people has found that women have more allergies to common medications than men. The journal Allergy published the findings of a study conducted over more than 20 years at two hospitals in Boston.
Researchers had some interesting findings.
Women also had more allergies to:
No reported drug allergies were more common in men.
Overall, of all patients treated at the hospitals.
A drug allergy is different from a drug side effect. A drug side effect is an undesired secondary effect that happens along with the planned therapeutic effect of a drug.
A drug allergy is when the body’s immune system reacts to a medicine as if it were a foreign substance, such as a harmful bacteria.
Common drug allergy symptoms include:
The symptoms may be mild and go away in a few days. If symptoms continue longer or are more serious, you should promptly see your health care professional.
Serious drug allergy symptoms include:
If someone has a serious allergy symptom, call 911 or get them to a hospital.
If you have an allergic reaction to a drug at one time, that doesn’t mean you’ll have the same reaction in the future. But you should always let your health care provider know if you’ve had an adverse reaction to a specific drug in the past.
The good news is, if you or a family member happens to be allergic to a medication suggested for effective treatment of a condition, your health care professional may have effective alternatives. You can discuss your options with your health care provider.