The findings of a new study suggest that you should think twice about your penicillin allergy if it hasn’t been tested in a specialized laboratory.
Many people rely on their physician’s’ advice regarding treatment and possible side effects, as well as allergies. When it comes to penicillin, new research stated that many of those who have heard the opinion of a physician regarding penicillin allergy may not be allergic at all.
However, due to reasonable fears, they steer away from penicillin. This may lead to potentially more dangerous antibiotic treatments and exposure to unnecessary risks. The findings of the study have been presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of people who are allergic to penicillin varies between three and ten percent. In addition, many more declare they are based on the opinion of a physician. While another 90 percent of the people who report allergic reactions to penicillin have never been allergic.
You should think twice about your penicillin allergy. This is what doctors recommend considering that stronger antibiotics may give birth to a larger span of medical issues. Doctor David Kahn with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center stated:
“Anyone who has been told they are penicillin allergic, but who hasn’t been tested by an allergist, should be tested”.
A specialized doctor will subject patients reporting allergic reactions to penicillin to a number of tests that will reveal the final diagnosis. In case penicillin allergy is really an issue, an allergist may work with the patients in finding a good treatment path. Without penicillin allergy one may benefit from inexpensive, safer and more efficient treatments.
The research team involved in the study recruited 15 patients who only received a medical opinion concerning their penicillin allergy. Looking through the medical records and after conducting a set of analysis, the researchers discovered that all patients tested negative for penicillin allergy. Moreover, they could have been safely treated with intravenous penicillin in a number of cases where other treatments were used.
None of the patients registered adverse drug reactions or other symptoms related to penicillin allergy. Any claim of allergy to penicillin should be immediately tested with an allergist. Risks of treatment with other, stronger antibiotics include strengthening antibiotic resistance and weakening of the immune system.
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