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Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

Drug Allergies

Special tests and treatments are required for patients who are allergic to aspirin, non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) or other drugs. In particular, aspirin has been associated with nasal polyps and asthma. Desensitization involves giving patients increasing doses to impede their body’s reactions to the medication.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center allergy specialists offer the state’s only office-based desensitization program, eliminating the need for a multi-day hospital stay. Patients can be referred to the clinic, or they can make an appointment to be assessed.


Office-based Aspirin Desensitization

The process takes one to three days, depending on the patient’s response. Treatment is provided by appointment only.

Hospital-based Aspirin Desensitization

Treatment is provided for those with more severe sensitization, which requires closer monitoring than available in an office setting.