Self-Medication for Allergy can be Deadly: Experts

by Bidita Debnath on October 16, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Font : A-A+

 Self-Medication for Allergy can be Deadly: Experts

Experts say that each individual on earth is allergic to something and it should not be ignored, but one should not do self-medication as the problem could further aggravate.

"Allergy, if categorized, can be of more than hundred types and every one of them need separate medication to be cured," Vandana Boobna, consultant internal medicine at Max Super Specialty Hospital in Shalimar Bagh here, told IANS.


"Allergy at the initial stages can be treated, but when it reaches the extreme end stage, it can be immensely perilous," she added.

Boobna said that she has come across many who in an attempt to treat their allergy-related ailments on their own have ended up making it more severe.

"One should not try to treat skin allergies on their own. I have seen many cases in which people have self-medicated themselves and then have to undergo major treatment and even drastic surgeries," Boobna said.

As the Oct 16 is observed as World Allergy Awareness Day, experts said the first thing anyone should do when they suffer from any allergic problem is to find the trigger point, and then to visit the expert and get proper treatment.

An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. Allergic reactions can happen when a person's immune system reacts to normally harmless substances in the environment.

Allergies can play a major role in conditions such as asthma. It can be caused by anything such as egg, unhygienic places, milk, cold, rain and even dust.

Anurag Mahajan, a consultant in internal medicine at Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute at Sheikh Sarai, said that many patients without doctors' prescription take anti-allergic tablets such as cetrizine, avil etc to get rid of it.

"This may even aggravate their problems. Moreover, if they do not know what is the dose they have to take, they could face side-effects (of the medication) like dizziness, excess sleepiness and laziness," added Mahajan.

The aim is to kill the disease and not to escalate it, he added.

Mahajan said that not in all cases they suggest patients to undergo anti-allergy test.

"It is easy to treat allergy at the initial stages. If they come to us on time, we can treat it with steroids and the anti allergy treatments.

"But once the patients start self-medication, the problem becomes complicated as many a times the allergy gets worse and requires advance treatment, lasting months or in some cases years," Mahajan told IANS.

Vishal Singh, a dermatologist at Apollo, said that around 45 percent of people in the world suffer from Rihinitis Medica Menntosa - a problem caused due to excess usage of anti allergic tablets.

He said in India, however, it is less severe as compared to the west, but it is fast catching up.

"Once the allergic patients start self-medication without proper knowledge, the medicines instead of curing starts showing reverse reactions and even in some cases it could lead to death specially in bronchitis and respiratory allergy, which is very common among Indians," Singh told IANS.

"It is always advisable to patients that they should find out the trigger factor and consult the doctor rather than getting into self-medication, which of course will deteriorate it rather than curing," Singh added.

(Rupesh Dutta can be reached at

Source: IANS

News A-Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
World Alzheimer's Day 2021 - 'Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer's
'Hybrid Immunity' may Help Elude COVID-19 Pandemic
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Allergy Dealing with Pollen Allergy Remedies for Seasonal Allergy Relief Choose The Right Over-the-Counter Drugs for Allergy Allergy - Symptom Evaluation Stay Well This Winter Self-Medication 

Recommended Reading
Allergy - Symptom Evaluation
An allergic reaction may be mild or severe. It usually involves the skin, respiratory system, ......
Allergy Eye Drops
Eye allergies are treated with different types of eye drops such as lubricants, antihistamines, ......
Types of Food Allergies
If you are allergic to certain food items-Watch out for what you eat...
Dealing with Pollen Allergy
The plants around you that give you sniffles in your nose at specific time of the year are the ......
An allergy is a hypersensitive disorder of immune system. Substances that often cause allergic react...
Choose The Right Over-the-Counter Drugs for Allergy
Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can be bought without a prescription. OTC allergy medications are for t...
Remedies for Seasonal Allergy Relief
Understanding the cause and mechanism of seasonal allergy can help in choosing the right treatment. ...
Self-medication is treating self with non-prescription or over the counter medications, for treating...
Stay Well This Winter
Winter is associated with staying huddled indoors, people scurrying home to escape the piercing wint...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use