Millions Who Think They Are Allergic To Penicillin May Not Be
22
October

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , /


FOR YEARS MANY AMERICANS HAVE BEEN TOLD THEY HAVE AN ALLERGY TO PENICILLIN, BUT IT TURNS OUT MANY DO NOT. SO WHY WOULD THEY TOLD THAT? AND HOW CAN YOU GET TO THE BOTTOM OF IT? YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO PENICILLIN, IT IS LIKELY YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW THAT HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT. WHEN I WAS YOUNGER MY MOTHER WOULD ALWAYS SAY DON’T EVER LET THEM GIVE YOU PENICILLIN. SO, I DON’T KNOW. IS JUST WHAT SHE TOLD ME SO I HAVE ALWAYS SAID THAT. MY GRANDDAUGHTER HAS A PENICILLIN ALLERGY. SHE BROKE OUT IN A RASH AND GOT READ AND STUFF FROM TAKING IT. MY FRIEND, SHE ACTUALLY COULDN’T WALK WHEN SHE TOOK IT. I JUST GET HIVES ALL OVER MY BODY.REPORTER: ONE AND CAN CARRY THIS LABEL BASED ON SOME DISTANT CHILDHOOD EVENT. HISTORY IS OFTEN VERY VAGUE. THERE MIGHT’VE BEEN A RASH OR GASTRIC UPSET. A TRUE PENICILLIN ALLERGY, ONLY TEMPERS THOSE OF THOSE — 10% OF THOSE WHO CARRY THE LABEL. WHEN SOMEONE HAS THE ALLERGY LIST IT, DOCTORS OFTEN HAVE TO USE DIFFERENT ANTIBIOTICS TO KILL MORE THAN JUST THE BACTERIA THEY ARE TRYING TO TARGET. THIS CAN BE HARMFUL TO THE PATIENT. THE MORE WE USE THESE BROAD- SPECTRUM AGENTS, THE MORE WE ARE RUNNING OUT OF OPTIONS TO TREAT THESE AGGRESSIVE BACTERIA. BECAUSE DRUG TESTING CAN TAKE A WEEK, SKIN TESTING MAY BE THE MOST EFFICIENT OPTION. BUT DOING URGENT SKIN TESTING COULD BE A PROBLEM, CALLING AN OUTPATIENT ALLERGY SPECIALIST INTO THE HOSPITAL, USING SUPPLIES FROM OUTSIDE THE HOSPITAL, AND PATIENTS ON MEDICATION THAT COULD BE INTERFERING WITH IT. IF YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF THIS ALLERGY, IT WILL BE BETTER TO HAVE AN ASSESSMENT DONE BEFORE YOU GET SICK. THERE ARE NO NEEDLES OR SCRATCHES, IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC YOU WILL DEVELOP A RED BUMP WITHIN 15 OR 20 MINUTES. SOME HOSPITAL OUR TRAINING CERTAIN STAFF SUCH AS MEDICAL RESIDENTS AND PROMISES TO DO BEDSIDE EVALUATIONS. I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS AT FIRST. KIND OF OUT OF THE NORMAL FOR A PHARMACIST. A LITTLE NERVOUS, BUT ALSO EXCITED. WE HAVE PENICILLIN RIGHT HERE. AS YOU CAN SEE YOU SKIN TESTED NEGATIVE. COMPLETE TESTING MAY TAKE A FEW VISITS AND UP TO HALF A DAY. WHEN YOU GO TO YOUR PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR, YOU OFTEN HAVE MORE PRESSING CONCERNS. EVEN WITH A DOCUMENTED LACK OF AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE, THE


5 thoughts on “Millions Who Think They Are Allergic To Penicillin May Not Be

  1. when I was 5 I had to take penicillin ( the liquid kind though ) and I was itching because of the penicillin FOR 2 WEEKS! Do you still want to tell me I'm not allergic?

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