Unique Medical Allergies

Had a rather heated discussion a couple of years ago about the difference between allergies and adverse medication reactions, so when patients tell me about strange allergies to medications, most of the time I just smile and move on.

But … while reading through a patient’s typewritten two page list of allergies in a recent emergency department visit, I did come across two allergies that I had never seen before.

Allergy: Colonoscopies. Reaction: Hives
Allergy: Antihistamines. Reaction: Makes breast implants shrink.

There has to be a scholarly paper somewhere in there.

6 Responses to “Unique Medical Allergies”

  1. Or at least an excellent story!

  2. MiniMedic says:

    What are her breast implants, hives?

  3. SeaSpray says:

    That’s funny! :)

  4. Steve says:

    In the trauma bay as a 4th year medical student with a 20 year old drunk auto-ped

    Me: Sir, I have to do a rectal exam

    [Perform rectal exam, pt starts cursing]

    Me: Sir, do you have any allergies?

    Patient: Yeah I’m allergic to you a$$hole for sticking your finger in my a$$!

    Me: Patient has no known drug allergies, allergic to medical students only

  5. Luke says:

    Hmmm…. Sounds like the colonoscopy issue is versed vs opioid. That said, it’s typically not a true allergy with those, so hey :)

    Antihistamines? That’s a really odd one, though.

  6. ERP says:

    That second one is a horrible allergy.

Leave a Reply

4 − three =

Popular Authors

  • Greg Henry
  • Rick Bukata
  • Mark Plaster
  • Kevin Klauer
  • Jesse Pines
  • David Newman
  • Rich Levitan
  • Ghazala Sharieff
  • Nicholas Genes
  • Jeannette Wolfe
  • William Sullivan
  • Michael Silverman

Subscribe to EPM