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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Penicillin Desensitization (Overview)

Occasionally, a penicillin (or other drug) allergy responds to desensitization, where increasing doses of a medicine are given to improve a person's tolerance of the drug. This should only be done by an allergist.


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What happens if you can't have a penicillin shot for syphilis?

What happens if you can't have a penicillin shot for syphilis?

Doxycycline: Doxycycline for 2-4 weeks is recommended if penicillin cannot be given, or sometimes ceftriaxone. However, penicillin is by far the best drug. If you had a severe penicillin allergy in the past, then probably penicillin should be avoided. Otherwise, it still might be the best choice for you. Discuss it with your doctor or, even better, an infectious diseases or STD specialist. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
6 doctors shared insights

Penicillin Desensitization (Overview)

Occasionally, a penicillin (or other drug) allergy responds to desensitization, where increasing doses of a medicine are given to improve a person's tolerance of the drug. This should only be done by an allergist.


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Will desensitizing me to penicillin reduce my penicillin allergy?

Will desensitizing me to penicillin reduce my penicillin allergy?

Yes: The way desensitization works is that you are given very small doses of penicillin initially. The amount is gradually increased to get your body not to react to it. There are very few infections that require treatment with pcn so desensitization is rarely done. ...Read more

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What do the g and v of penicillin mean?

Penicillin: The term "penicillin" is often used generically to refer to benzylpenicillin (penicillin g), procaine benzylpenicillin (procaine penicillin), benzathine benzylpenicillin (benzathine penicillin), and phenoxymethylpenicillin (penicillin v). Procaine penicillin and benzathine penicillin have the same antibacterial activity as benzylpenicillin but act for a longer span of time. Phenoxymethylpenicilli. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is penicillin discovered?

Can you tell me how is penicillin discovered?

Penicillin: Penicillin was discovered from mold growing in a laboratory. Its discovery was a surprise to the scientist. ...Read more

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Can phenoxymethyle penicillin can be taken together?

See below: As far as i can discern from your question, i think you mean phenoxymethylpenicillin or penicillin v - not 2 meds. If so, is is safe as long as you are not allergic. ...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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Please tell me if there are any alternatives to penicillin?

Please tell me if there are any alternatives to penicillin?

Many: I am guessing that you are allergic to penicillin and need an antibiotic for some infection. There are many alternatives which your family doctor can suggest for the problem that you have. They have different spectrums so the list is too long for this format. ...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