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Testing For Antibiotic Allergies
Yes.: Yes, however it is somewhat limited. The only fda approved antibiotic that we can skin test for is penicillin. It is tested in small amounts by scratch testing and then small amounts are injected, in increasing doses. Finally if these are negative a small oral dose is given. It is important to test for possible pencillin allergy as this is still an effective, inexpensive antibiotic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
Not sure: I am not sure what you mean by an antibiotic susceptibility test. Bacteria that cause infections that are isolated from a person's blood or urine undergo susceptibility testing to determine whether a bacteria can be killed by a particular antibiotic. This is not an allergy test. However, there are tests that can determine antibiotic allergy if that is what you mean. ...Read more
Not one I would use: This class of drugs have a broad range of effects against many types of germs but i find no listing for strep throat..It is not used in kids and rarely used in most simple infections. Since strep is universally sensitive to the penicillins, and other inexpensive medications, it is one i would never use for strep throat. ...Read more
Yes: Skin allergy testing can check for number of allergens. These include environmental and food allergens. ...Read more
Possibly: The testing can identify a kid with a high ige level and suggest a variety of food or other items that if avoided may improve the eczema. It's accuracy varies & it can only be considered a tool in the efforts to help kids.Skin testing is another tool with value but may be cumbersome or difficult in a kid with eczema. All this should be part of open discussion with your doc. ...Read more
I am an eczema patient should I go for ALLERGY ECZEMA COMPREHENSIVE PANEL, SERUM (FEIA) or ALLERGY COMPREHENSIVE PROFILE, SERUM
None of these: Eczema---atopic dermatitis----is NOT an allergy. Allergy tests are not useful, often harmful, for eczema. It is not related to foods. Not "stress" either. It is a genetic defect in the surface of the skin. We have very good technology to help eczema, but no cure. SEE A DERMATOLOGIST. Meanwhile use skin cleansers with pH 6 to 7. Apply a liberal amount of a ceramide cream after washing. A prescripti ...Read more
No: Eczema is diagnosed by examining the patient and taking a history. Allergy prick testing may be helpful in treating eczema, but is not necessary. Allergy testing by skin prick or blood test always needs to be interpreted with careful attention to the patient's history and symptoms. For example some patients may test mildly positive for milk allergy, but can drink milk every day without problem. ...Read more
Would bacitracin, novobiocin, and optochin susceptibility tests be effective tests for gram negative bacteria?
Sensitivity test: Yes. But the proof is in the giving of them to the patient. ...Read more
Sinusitis: Yes, they can, but are often not the best specialist to see for this illness. If you can see an ENT expert they are frequently more qualified, but yes, a good allergist may often be capable of determining this.. ...Read more
Ent consultation or allergist for chronic allergy/enlarged turbinates. Each has different opinions. Diagnosis after allergy tests, allergic rhnitis.
Expert! Please reply: You have seen experts so far w/out success, but they are still experts. My inexpert advice as co-sufferer follows: learn self-management skills including meditation, breathing exercises, best personal dietary & activity routines, consider modifying living situation (then re-consider). Plan activities to take advantage of your best cirumnstances & surroundings. If allergy shots & pills help, good! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a Duodenal ulcer and positive for H.Pylori. Allergic to Penicillin erythromycin cephalosporin diclofenac. What antibiotic is available to take?
See allergist: I would also suggest seeing an allergist to evaluate you and determine if your allergies are true. It is very unusual to be allergic to so many different medications. And many times, patients grow out of medication allergies even if they were true in the past. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Easy: Skin testing for pollen allergy entails: cleaning the skin with alcohol, number the skin to keep track of the different allergens tested, a "prick" with skin test device that has a drop of the allergen on the tip and then waiting 15-20 minutes to see if a reaction occurs. The skin test feels like a mosquito bite it is really quite painless. ...Read more
Is immunicap testing reliable for allergy in kids with severe excema?
He already did skin prick and blood tests for specific allergies
Helps some: All allergy related tests have benefits & limitations. Any finding of an elevated IgE response to a particular food is worrisome and worthy of excluding that food. Elevated IgG levels to foods do not always correlate with the kids actual responses to that food. This or other tests can provide a guide to your food selections so you can eliminate candidate foods & see if it makes a difference. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pulmonologist prescribed Keflex 250 mg. for bacterial bronchitis. Would Ceftin (cefuroxime) or Cefzil work better due to broader bacterial spectrum?
Yes and No: Yes and No. Cefzil and Ceftin (cefuroxime) are second generation cephalosporins, where as Keflex is a first generation. The second generation drugs have better gram-negative coverage however they have not as good gram-positive coverage for bacteria. It depends on which bacteria is being treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Allergy testing is fairly accurate for allergies due to ige mediated allergic reactions. Others types of immune and non-immune reactions are not detected by this type of testing. In addition the results of testing need to correlate with (match) the clinical picture and in some instances food and/or drug challenges will need to be dome. See an allergist for evaluation and interpretation of results. ...Read more
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