What is an allergy?
An allergic reaction is the body’s way of responding to a foreign invader. When the body comes in contact with one of these substances it mounts an immune response. However, sometimes the body identifies something harmless as a foreign invader and attacks it. The substance is then considered a trigger of the allergy, also known as an allergen. Allergies can develop even after years of exposure to a substance. There are a few steps to take when an allergy of the skin develops.
Steps to Take
There are many types of allergic reactions. If you have developed blisters, difficulty breathing, itchy throat, swollen lips, or a severe rash, you should stop taking the medication and call 911 for immediate medical attention, as you may be experiencing an allergic reaction to a drug.
If a new element has recently been added to your routine, such as a new medication, it should be considered as a possible allergen. Discontinue contact with all possible allergens. Some common allergens include: pets (esp. if they sleep in your bed), house plants, medications, laundry detergents, products containing fragrances and dyes, new fabrics, dusty spaces, cosmetics. Recent hospitalization, outdoor exposure, or travel stays can also trigger allergies. We can help you determine which elements in your environment may be causing mild allergies.
If you have had an allergic reaction to a medication, it is very important that you never take that medication again and that you list that medication as a drug allergy on your medical history forms.
If reactions worsen during your course of treatment, please contact the office at 703-356-5111.