Over the course of our lives, we take medications for different reasons, even if we are healthy in general. Medications can cause a lot of different side effects, including rashes and other symptoms that may make you think you are having an allergic reaction. In truth, only about 5 to 10 percent of adverse reactions to medications are due to allergies. Here’s what you need to know if you have symptoms after taking a medication.
What Causes the Allergy
If you have an allergy to a medication, it means the medication has triggered an immune response. The immune system mistakenly determines that the medication is harmful and attacks the medication and the body. This causes symptoms such as hives, rashes, or even difficulty breathing. Other adverse reactions to medications are not caused by an allergic immune system response. [Read More]