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05 Feb 2003

Allergic reaction
Dear Doc

What is an allergic reaction? I tend to become sick after taking aspirin, paracetamol & various antibiotics. My symptoms usually include: Dizziness, nausea without vomiting, headaches, gastric acid increase (my stomach starts to turn with a acidy feeling) & chest tightness (bronchial). These symptoms sometimes start within 10 minutes to 2 hrs after ingestion. Does these reactions qualify for an allergic reaction? And does these reactions connect with Reye's Syndrome, since I became very sick as a child, taking aspirin?

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01 Jan 0001

Liesl, your symptoms can definitely fit in with an allergy, but you might just be sensitive to the drugs. The best would be to have blood taken for s-IgE to find out if you have an increased count (a sign of an allergy). Reye’s syndrome is only associated with aspirin and not with the other drugs you mentioned. Good luck.
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