Candida albicans antigen (Intradermal)

Introduction

Candida Albicans Antigen (KAN-did-a AL-bi-kanz AN-ti-jen)

Given as a skin test to detect an allergic reaction.

Brand Name(s)

Candin

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not receive this medicine if you have had a severe allergic reaction to Candida albicans antigen, or to any other type of skin test.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • This medicine is given as a shot into the surface of your skin.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
  • Your doctor will need to check your skin reaction within 48 hours of when you received the shot.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using a steroid medicine such as dexamethasone, prednisolone, prednisone, or Medrol®.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Tell your doctor if you have a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia, or if you bruise easily.
  • If you have a reaction to this medicine, you may develop redness, swelling, itching, a raised scratch, or changes in skin color where the shot was given. These signs may appear within 24 hours of receiving the injection. Most symptoms will disappear within a few hours or days. Changes in skin color can last for several weeks.
  • Your doctor may allow you to treat minor skin discomfort with a cold compress or topical medicine. Do not treat your skin reaction without first asking your doctor.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blistering or peeling of your skin.
  • Chest pain, fast heartbeat.
  • Lightheadedness or fainting.
  • Oozing, weeping, or ulceration of your skin where the shot was given.
  • Skin swelling with a hard lump where the shot was given.
  • Sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath.
  • Stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: September 18, 2013

         
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