Many people may use the terms “medicine allergy or “drug allergy.” However, the majority of reactions caused by medications are more correctly termed “adverse reactions to drugs”. Drug allergy is a type of unpredictable reaction. According to the World Allergy Association, Drug allergies can occur in 1% to 2% of all admissions and 3% to 5% of hospitalized patients worldwide. The actual number of incidences for drug allergies in the community, among children and adults, is still unknown. Drug allergies are rare occurrence, caused by the immune system, and may be difficult to be informed about beforehand.
An allergic reaction is an abnormal response of the immune system to a typically harmless substance. The role of the immune system is to defend the body from harmful foreign substances, such as viruses and bacteria, and remove them in the process. Normally, this response protects the human body from illnesses. However, people with drug allergies have an overly-sensitive immune system. This results in the immune system seeing the drug or medication as a harmful substance invading the body and it will react against the medication. These allergies are dangerous not only due to adverse reactions, but because they can also prevent physicians from treating other illnesses with the most effective medications.
Care.Wallet can be configured to support patients with allergies as well by letting physicians have patient information more readily on-hand. Care.Wallet can hold the entire of the patient’s medical history including their allergies, treatment history, or medication history. With this information, the patient and doctor will be able to avoid repetitive questions and long wait times for documentation. And, with the ‘How Are You Felling Today’ (HAYFT) Care.Card, patients can provide changes in their state of health and easily stay in touch with their doctor. HAYFT Care.Cards allow the doctor to easily inform the patient of necessary information such as adding or changing medications based on the patient’s prescription, their state of health, and if there have been any improvements in their well-being. Care.Wallet gives doctors the ability to monitor their patients’ health more closely so they can provide a higher quality standard of care.
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