As springtime is in full gear now, many Rhode Island residents may experience seasonal allergies. Runny, itchy eyes, sinus congestion and sneezing are often some of the tell-tale signs of these conditions. However, these are not the only types of allergies that people should be aware of. People can also experience allergic reactions to prescription medications. In some situations, these allergies may be very serious and even life threatening. For this reason, it is important that health care providers communicate well with patients when prescribing drugs.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology indicates that antibiotics such as penicillin are among the most common allergens in the prescription drug world. Anti-inflammatories, cancer drugs and anticonvulsants are also known to prompt allergic reactions in patients. When a person’s body detects what it considers to be an allergen, the body releases histamines or other chemicals to essentially fight back.