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I'm allergic to penicillin and took some accidentally. What should I do?

I'm allergic to penicillin and took some accidentally. What should I do?

Be ready: People's reactions are usually (but not always) similar each time they take the same amount (dose) the same way (by mouth, injected, etc). You can use that as a guide to the kind of treatment you will need. If your reaction was severe, go the er, by ambulance if you have no one to drive you. Discuss with your doctor beforehand, not everyone who thinks they are allergic to penicillin actually is. ...Read more

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What happens when an allergic person takes penicillin?

What happens when an allergic person takes penicillin?

Varies: Some reactions are mild, such as hives alone. Others are more serious, with breathing problems and blood pressure drop. Some reactions (like some kinds of rashes) are not actually allergies, but different reactions that may or may not recur when you take the medicine. While it may be easier to just avoid penicillin, if it's important, you can find out if you have a "true" allergy by testing. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to suddenly get an alergic reation to penicillin?

Are there any ways to suddenly get an alergic reation to penicillin?

YES: Allergic reaction may come and go at different stage of your life. Contributing factors are local environmental factors, stress, and diets. ...Read more

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Is it bad to be allergic to penicillin?

Is it bad to be allergic to penicillin?

Yes and No: To be allergic to a medication will restrict the use of that medication - thats the bad part. However, typically there are other medications that can be used if needed and if the one medication one os allergic to is really needed there are ways to administer that medication. ...Read more

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I am allergic to penicillin notatum, would I be allergic to penicillin or amoxicillin?

I am allergic to penicillin notatum, would I be allergic to penicillin or amoxicillin?

Probably not: Penicillium notatum is a mold/fungi that if allergic, can cause symptoms like runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, worsening of asthma symptoms, etc. Penicillin antibiotics do not contain enough of the mold, and when ingested, would be a different reaction. To be safe, you could get tested for penicillin allergy with an allergist. ...Read more

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How do you know if you are allergic to penicillin?

Testing: careful history can still elicit whether you are truly allergic to penicillin, or if in doubt, and you really need to take the drug, very rare instance by the way, you can be tested and given the drug, but by an experienced professional, an allergist, good luck ...Read more

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What meds can I take if I'm allergic to penicillin?

What meds can I take if I'm allergic to penicillin?

Many: You need to avoid penicillin and amoxicillin plus a few related drugs but other antibiotics can usually be tolerated. Cephalosporin cross-sensitivity is possible (as much as 10%) but I have rarely seen one in my practice. The cross-sensitivity in the newer generations of cephalosporin is even rarer. ...Read more

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What meds can I take if I'm allergic to penicillin?

What meds can I take if I'm allergic to penicillin?

Anything not PCN ok.: Actually the incidence of a true IgE mediated reaction to Penicillin is less than 1% of the population at large. Thankfully there are many alternatives to penicillin for treating susceptible organisms. The big question that occurs almost always is can a penicillin allergic pt be given a cephalosporin . The true incidence of real crossover sensitivity to "cephalo's" is anywhere from 0.5% to 10% ...Read more