A drug-allergy refers to an allergic reaction to a particular medicine. The side effects of medicine and allergic reactions caused by medicine are two different things. Even there are certain herbal medicines that may cause allergic reactions to the body. Some of the common symptoms of a drug allergy include hives, fever, rashes, shortness of breath, itching on the skin, running nose, watery eyes, fluctuation in blood pressure, etc. Life-threatening allergies such as Anaphylaxis can be characterized by symptoms such as nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, rashes, itching on the skin, hives, fainting spells, and palpitations, etc.
The allergy panel-others Drug panel test is conducted to diagnose the presence and cause of any allergy.
Procedure of the Test:
Initially, the doctor will conduct a skin test. Either the laboratory technician will inject a small amount of drug into the skin to observe any type of reaction or he/she will apply the drug on the skin and record the reactions caused by the drug for 2-4 days.
If the results of the test are not significant then the doctor will ask the patient to undergo a blood test.
Listed-below steps are involved in conducting an Allergy panel-others Drug Panel Test using a blood sample:
The blood is withdrawn from the back of the elbow or arm. The laboratory technician will use an antiseptic to disinfect or clean the site from where the blood will be drawn.
Then the lab technician ties a tourniquet (a plastic band) around the upper arm to constrict the blood flow in the veins and arteries.
A needle is inserted into the vein to draw blood. Blood is collected in a small tube attached to the needle.
The sample of blood is collected in a glass vial or sterilized tube.
A cotton gauge is kept over the site where the needle is inserted to stop bleeding. Later a bandage is applied to the site if required.
For additional analysis and testing, the sample is sent to a laboratory.
It is necessary to consult a certified doctor or medical specialist to get an accurate analysis of the results of the Allergy panel-others Drug Panel Test.
Why get tested?
The doctor may advise taking this test if the person has been diagnosed with any allergic reaction or if the patient experiences symptoms such as hives, fever, itching, redness of the skin, etc.
It is important to inform about the doctor about the existing medications. Apart from that no special preparations are to be taken before the test.
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