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A 27-year-old member asked:

i am going for a tooth extraction tomorrow and i am allergic to penicillin and antibiotics. what should i do?i am in a lot of pain.

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Alternative: There are always alternative antibiotics. You just need to ask the surgeon which alternatives are available. A simple phone call is all it takes. Then get into an allergist to truly determine if you are allergic to certain antibiotics. We do have excellent testing for this.
Dr. Joel Selter
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
Antibiotic allergy: I am sure that there is at elast one antibiotic that you are not allergic to. Worthwhile to be evaluated by an allergist to see what you are truly allergic to. About 80% of patients who walk in claiming to be allergic to penicillin are found to be not allergic!
Dr. Martin Schaeffer
Pain Management 31 years experience
Pain Treatment.: There are numerous available antibiotics and usually an alternative can be found if someone is allergic to a specific class of antiobiotics. The provider who pulls your teeth should have training in following up with you after the procedure.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Do you need it?: Antibiotics are prescribed to treat an infection or to minimize the risk in an individual with a predisposing condition requiring prophylactic coverage. Pain by itself would not be an absolute indication that you require antibiotic therapy. Your dentist or surgeon will evaluate your condition and prescribe the appropriate antibiotic if indicated.

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