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How can you tell if a child is allergic to antibiotics?

How can you tell if a child is allergic to antibiotics?

Several ways: There are several pathways that cause drug allergy. The classic one is immediate, ige mediated and usually occurs within 1 hour of exposure. There are other pathways which can be delayed from a day to several weeks. You will usually see a type of rash as one of the first symptoms in mos cases but that does not necessarily rule out a hypersensitivity reaction. Monitor all symptoms carefully. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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How do I know if my child is allergic to her antibiotics or something else?

How do I know if my child is allergic to her antibiotics or something else?

Timing: When your child has several allergic reactions, if there was the same exposure before each, that is the most likely allergen. ...Read more

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My child is allergic to most antibiotics. Should i still send her to school?

My child is allergic to most antibiotics. Should i still send her to school?

Yes: It is unlikely someone at school would give her an antibiotic & trigger an event. Exclusion from contact with her peer group will not remove the risk of chance infections that will occur anyway unless you keep her in a bubble. Practice good hygiene, balanced nutrition, rest, avoidance of smokers & other contributing factors of illness & you are doing what you can. ...Read more

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If a child is allergic to mold, could he also be allergic to penicillin-based antibiotics?

No: Good question. Being allergic to mold does not increase the risk of being allergic to penicillin based antibiotics. By extension. Penicillin allergic patients are not therefore allergic to blue cheese (which is a mold in the cheese). ...Read more

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Failed 3 rounds of antibiotics child still has pus in ear allergic to omincef and amoxicillin what else can we try?

Culture: Although this is rarely necessary, culture may be helpful in determining which antibiotic to use if there have already been 3 failures. Also, penicillin allergy needs to be confirmed (some allergies resolve with time and some are not even true allergy to begin with). An Allergist can perform testing. If penicillin still the best choice, a desensitization procedure is worth considering. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some alternatives to antibiotics for an ear infection for my 1 year old child?

Could you tell me what are some alternatives to antibiotics for an ear infection for my 1 year old child?

Motrin: There are no alternatives to treat ear "infections." We tend to be aggressive with treating ear infections here in the US... with antibiotics and tubes - not a bad thing. In Europe, ear infections are treated with Motrin/pain control. The problem with repeat infections is the effect on speech/language development. Put your fingers in your ears - this is what it sounds like with an ear infection. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your baby is allergic to antibiotics? Is it possible to get an allergic reaction after 7 days of using it?

How can you tell if your baby is allergic to antibiotics? Is it possible to get an allergic reaction after 7 days of using it?

History & exam fit: Allergic reaction to meds usually involves typical itchy rash (measles like or hives). From first exposure to onset of reaction usually 7-10 days and on second exposure within minutes to hours. Get baby to experienced allergist who can examine baby and get detailed history. Except for penicillin there is no reliable skin testing for meds so history, exam are key. Take clear close-up pics of rash. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are there alternatives to antibiotics for a dental abscess when someone is allergic to all antibiotics?

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Can you tell me, are there alternatives to antibiotics for a dental abscess when someone is allergic to all antibiotics?

Treat the cause: Drain the tooth by drill a hole into it. Let it drain for 3-4 weeks. Redrain them and rinse with sodium hypochlorite (your dentist will do this) until the tooth no longer have any symptom (pain, swelling). Finally fill the root canal. ...Read more

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I have a rash & welts on my body in many places. I'm being treated w/antibiotics for lyme. How can I tell if rash is allergic reaction or herx word?

I have a rash & welts on my body in many places. I'm being treated w/antibiotics for lyme. How can I tell if rash is allergic reaction or herx word?

Herxheimer Reaction: The most common symptoms reported include increased fatigue, joint or muscle pain, skin rashes, photosensitivity, irritability, paresthesia, dizziness, sleep disturbances, asthenia, muscle cramps, night sweats, hypertension, hypotension, headaches (especially migraines) and swollen glands. From what you describe yo most likely have a drug reaction. A biopsy of the skin can confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more