Every time we go to the hospital, fill out any health forms, or speak with a new doctor, we are always asked whether we are allergic to any medications. However, according to doctors, it is often answered incorrectly when the patient believes that they are allergic to the medication, when in fact it is safe for them.
The director of allergy and immunology training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, David Khan, says that it is very common for people to believe that they have medication allergies when they actually do not. He also says that it poses a problem since people often falsely believe that they have allergies to the most common drugs such as aspirin or penicillin. These common drugs are typically the most affordable and most suited for treating their illnesses.
In February, the Annals of Emergency Medicine, published a study that found that 90% of its participants who had previously thought that they were allergic to penicillin actually had no complications with the medication.
For many years now, allergists claim that they see a large portion of people who falsely believe that they have medication allergies.
Some Reasons For People to Falsely Believe that they Have Drug Allergies Are:
- Confusing side effects with allergic reactions; (Some negative side effects may seem like an allergic reaction).
- Trusting your mother;(People having reactions as children which are often related to an illness and not a medication).
- Trusting your doctor;(People who phone their doctor and claim they are having an allergic reaction are typically told to stop taking the drug, but afterwards, the cause of the allergic reaction is typically not investigated further).
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