Woman’s Doctor: What to watch for with drug allergies?


JENNIFER: IN THIS MORNING’S
WOMAN’S DOCTOR SIMPLY BEING A
WOMAN IS A RISK FACTOR OF
DEVELOPING A DRUG ALLERGY. SYMPTOMS CAN START RIGHT AWAY OR
WEEKS LATER AND CAN BE MILD OR
SEVERE. A DRUG ALLERGY IS DIFFERENT THAN
A DRUG SIDE EFFECT. THAT CAN BE CONFUSING. DOCTORS SAY THERE’S SOMETHING
SPECIFIC TO WATCH O FOR AND
DR. AIESHA CHIMA FROM MERCY
MEDICAL CENTER JOINS US WITH
MORE INFORMATION. WHAT IS THIS SOMETHING SPECIFIC?>>SO DRUG ALLERGIES ARE NOT AN
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY HEALTH ISSUE. APPARENTLY, THEY DON’T CARE IF
YOU’RE A MAN OR A WOMAN. BUT WOMEN TEND TO DEVELOP
ALLERGIES MORE OFTEN THAN MEN. JENNIFER: WHY?>>THERE’S NO GOOD ANSWER. RESEARCH IS STILL BEING DONE. SOME RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT IT
COULD BE RELATED TO HORMONES. SOME SUGGEST THAT IT COULD BE A
DISCREPANCY IN THE WAY WOMEN AND
MEN PERCEIVE THEIR ALLERGIES OR
THEIR SYMPTOMS AND HOW THEY
REPORT IT. SO WE NEED A LOT MORE STUDIES
AND RESEARCH,GENDER-BASED, TO
DISCOVER WHY THIS IS HAPPENING. JENNIFER: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE
SYMPTOMS OF A DRUG ALLERGY?>>THEY COME IN MILD SYMPTOMS
THAT Y CAN WATCH OUT FOR, MILD
WHEEZING, MILD TROUBLE
BREATHING, HIVES, RASH CAN
DEVELOP, WATERY EYES ITCHY
NOSE, AND THEN MORE SEVERE THAT YOU HAVE TO WATCH OUT FOR, IF
YOUR HEART STARTS BEATING FAST,
YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’RE PASSING
OUT, ARE NOT ABLE TO BREATHE,
YOU FEEL THAT YOUR THROA IS
CLOSING UP, THESE ARE THE SYMPTOMS YOU SHOULDN’T BE
WAITING AROUND TO GET WORSE. JENNIFER: IF YOU’RE SUFFERING
FR ALLERGIES AND TAKING A
MEDICINE AND THEN YOU HAVE AN
ALLERGIC REACTION TO THE DRUG,
SEEMS LIKE THE SYMPTOMS COULD
MIMIC YOU ALLERGIES.>>ABSOLUTELY. ALLERGIES CAN DEVELOP AT ANY
POINT. DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN RIGHT
AWAY AFTER TAKING DRUGS. IT COULD BE WEEKS, MONTHS, YEARS
LATER. SO THE KEY IS YOU WATCH OUT FOR
WHAT IS DIFFERENT AND MAKE SURE
TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR
PHYSICIAN. THERE COULD BE AN ALTERNATIVE TO
THE MEDICATION THAT IS AVAILABLE
THAT COULD HELP YOU OUT. JENNIFER: COULD BE FRUSTRATING
FOR A LOT OF FOLKS. DOCTOR, THANKS FOR COMING IN.>>PLEASURE. THAN

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