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Drug Allergy Testing & Treatment in Melbourne, FL
Dr. Pavana Beerelli is a board-certified allergist in Melbourne, FL that provides drug allergy testing & treatment. Schedule your visit for an ibuprofen allergy test, penicillin allergy test, or other drug allergy testing today!
“Everyone in the office is really friendly and Dr. Beerelli was super thorough and really listened during our visit. She was great with my daughter too which is the most important to me of all…We now have a plan for addressing my daughter’s allergy issues that makes me feel so much better! I highly recommend Dr. Beerelli!”
– Rachel R, August 2018
Drug Allergy Overview
When the immune system becomes hypersensitive to a harmless component of a drug, it triggers the release of certain chemicals that initiate inflammation and other reactions. Common drug allergies include:
- Antibiotics like penicillin and those that include sulfonamides
- Anticonvulsants, such as carbamazepine and phenytoin
- Chemotherapy drugs
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications, such as ibuprofen and aspirin
- Monoclonal antibody therapy
Drug Allergy Versus Adverse Drug Reaction
Drug Allergy Symptoms
Drug Allergy Test
Drug allergies can be difficult to diagnose because their symptoms may mimic those of other medical conditions. While most drug allergy symptoms will appear between 1 to 2 hours after drug ingestion, some drug allergies are severely delayed in their presentation. If you suspect you have a drug allergy, your allergist will obtain a detailed medical history from you and will want to know the details of your drug reaction. There are various drug allergy tests that your allergist may recommend, like a skin test, blood test, or oral drug challenge–where you take the drug under medical supervision–to identify the specific drug allergy.
Penicillin Allergy Testing
Drug Allergy Treatment & Management
Avoiding the drug you are allergic to is the best way to prevent an allergic reaction. During a serious allergic reaction such as anaphylaxis, an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen) is used. Make sure to inform your health care providers of your specific drug allergies so that they do not prescribe you those medications. It may be a good idea to wear a medical alert bracelet or carry a card in your wallet with your drug allergies listed on it.
 Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: https://www.aafa.org/
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