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AmpathChat #51 - Penicillin Allergy


Dec 01, 2018 | Immunology

Dr Louise Murray & Dr Cathy van Rooyen

Penicillin allergy is the most commonly reported antibiotic allergy. However, very few patients ever have their penicillin allergy confirmed. Furthermore, less than 20% of patients who report a positive history of a prior reaction to penicillin are found to be allergic to penicillin upon skin prick testing. Avoidance of penicillin based on self-reported allergic history alone often leads to the use of an alternate antibiotic with greater cost or side effect profile.

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