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Iodine Allergy

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Iodinated contrast reactions are another one of those things that are very hard to describe to a patient. We all fall into the habit of simply referring to it as “iodine allergy” because it explains things well enough for 99% of conversations, and because EHR systems have a field for “Patient Allergies” but nothing for “Contrast reactions, 50% of which are caused by an immunologic mechanism in the absence of a true allergen.”

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I've had an iodine contrast for a CT scan. The experience was... Weird. It feels warm, but not a satisfying kind of warm, more like a superficial sensation only on the surface of your skin. I was told I'd probably have a metallic taste in my mouth, but I didn't experience that particular effect.

Didn't react to it, fortunately!
craftmike's avatar
You had an optimal experience! Fortunately, that's almost always the case. For more details, see the source page at radcomic.com