What is Drug Desensitization?

Drug desensitization is a specialized medical procedure used to help patients with drug allergies safely and gradually build tolerance to a medication they need. The goal is to induce temporary tolerance to the medication, allowing the patient to use it without experiencing an allergic reaction.

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Am I a Candidate?

This procedure is particularly valuable when there are no suitable alternative treatments, and the allergenic drug is the most effective option for managing a patient’s medical condition. While drug desensitization does not cure the underlying drug allergy, it enables individuals to temporarily and safely use the necessary medication, often for life-threatening conditions such as cancer or infections, under close medical supervision.

What Happens If I Have a Reaction During Drug Desensitization?

If you or your child experiences an allergic reaction during drug desensitization, the board certified team at Laguna Allergy will respond swiftly and appropriately. The severity of the reaction will determine the course of action, which can range from mild symptoms like itching or hives to more severe symptoms like difficulty breathing or a drop in blood pressure.

In the event of a reaction, your Laguna Allergy provider will immediately stop the drug challenge and administer treatments to alleviate the symptoms. These treatments often include antihistamines, corticosteroids, and in severe cases, epinephrine. Once the patient’s symptoms are under control and they have stabilized, our team will decide whether to continue the desensitization process or halt it, depending on the severity of the reaction and the patient’s overall condition. Safety is a top priority during drug desensitization, and the procedure is conducted under strict medical supervision to manage any potential allergic reactions effectively.

What Can I Expect During the Procedure?

Drug desensitization involves administering the allergenic drug in increasing doses, often over a period of hours or days, while closely monitoring the patient’s response in a controlled medical setting.

Schedule Drug Desensitization in Aliso Viejo, CA

If you are interested in learning more about drug desensitization, we invite you to schedule an appointment with Drs. Gillian Bassirpour and Kristen Walters. As board certified allergists and devoted moms, they strive to create a nurturing environment where you and your loved ones can thrive. You can reach us at 949-287-4900 or click the appointment below to get started. We’re confident that our boutique has everything you could possibly need!

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Our dedicated team goes above and beyond to provide personalized and exceptional care, ensuring every patient receives the highest level of attention, comfort, and satisfaction. Call (949) 287-4900 or fill out the form below to get elevated allergy care today!