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How to find out if i have a penicillin allergy?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
A Verified Doctoranswered
45 years experience
Skin test: The formal means is to have skin testing done by a doctor. The agent is prepared to a standard small dose and injected under the skin. Reaction or not is assessed in a standard time interval.
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 30 years experience
Test: IN the US there is skin testing available to evaluate PCN allergy. If this test is negative it is usually followed by an oral challenge to amoxil (amoxicillin).
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. Lee Perry
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Covered by insurance: Testing for penicillin allergy involves skin testing to many of the different components of penicillin (major and minor). This testing is relatively painless and can be done in 2-3 hours. Insurance usually covers such testing.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Jan 5, 2018

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