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What is the treatment for a drug allergy?
The first step is to stop the suspect drug. For skin reactions such as rashes
and itching antihistamine creams (for example Benadryl) or steroid creams (for
example, hydrocortisone) are used. Oral antihistamines and steroids are used for
more bothersome symptoms. Injections of antihistamines and or steroids are given
for serious allergic reactions. For life threatening anaphylactic reactions
which involve difficulty breathing, epinephrine is given usually subcutaneously.
In situations where a drug is needed and there are no alternatives an
allergist can attempt to desensitize the individual by gradually giving very
small amounts of the drug and increasing the amount over a time.