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Allergy Rifampicin Enzyme Assay Skin


Allergy Rifampicin Enzyme Assay Skin

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What is this test?

This test helps to find whether an individual is allergic to rifampicin or not. In this test, a solution containing allergen rifampicin is applied to the skin. Then the applied area of the skin is pricked with a lancet needle.

What is Drug Allergy?

Drug allergy is the reaction of the immune system of an individual towards the consumed medicine. In drug allergy, the immune system of an individual recognizes the medicine as a harmful substance and releases the antibodies to eliminate it. So, histamines were released and cause symptoms such as skin rashes, swelling of face and lips, difficulty on breathing, runny nose, watery eyes, etc.

What is Rifampicin?

Rifampicin is a semisynthetic derivative of rifamycin B obtained from Streptomyces mediterranei. It is used to treat tuberculosis where it acts as bactericidal and also treats leprosy, prophylaxis of meningococcal, diptheroids, and brucellosis.

It is an antibiotic and acts against only bacterial infections and does not work for viral infections. It is used with other medicines as a combination to prevent or to treat other infections.

What is Rifampicin allergy?

Rifampicin allergy is a type of allergy in which an individual is allergic to rifampicin and may suffer from symptoms such as thrombocytopenia, fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, joint stiffness, skin rashes, etc.

In severe allergic condition, an individual may suffer from life-threatening anaphylactic shock.

Why this test is performed?

This test is performed to check whether an individual is allergic to rifampicin or not. The doctor may ask you to undergo this test if you are suffering from symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, nausea, vomiting, skin rashes, joint stiffness, abdominal pain, etc.

Test Preparation

No special preparation is needed for Allergy Rifampicin Enzyme Assay Skin. Inform your doctor if you are on any medications or have any underlying medical conditions or allergies before undergoing Allergy Rifampicin Enzyme Assay Skin. Your doctor depending on your condition will give specific instructions.

Understanding your test results

The test results may be different depending on gender, age, and health conditions. Inform your doctor if you have any other allergies.

If the test results are negative it may indicate that the individual is not allergic to rifampicin.

In case the test results are positive it may indicate that the individual is allergic to rifampicin.

GenderAge groupsValue
UNISEXAll age groupsA wheal and flare reaction of atleast 3mm indicates that the patient is allergic to the substance
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