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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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Penicillin Allergy (Definition)

Penicillin allergy can be classified as an ige mediated immediate immune reaction in which a patient develops an allergic reaction to the break-down products of penicillin leading to allergy cell activation and mast cell release within 30 minutes to a few hours or it can be a delayed t cell mediated immune reaction in which patients develop a skin rash days after being ...Read more


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What is given for a penicillin allergy?

What is given for a penicillin allergy?

Depends on reaction: In the acute setting, a severe reaction to penicillin might be treated with injectable epinephrine, steroids or benadryl (diphenhydramine). Otherwise, there is no treatment for penicillin allergy other than avoidance. If you have an infection that requires penicillin despite the history of allergy, a penicillin desensitization can be performed. ...Read more

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Can a penicillin allergy be hereditary?

Can a penicillin allergy be hereditary?

It is more likely: That you can have allergies to specific medications. However, it is important to understand that the sensitivity and likelihood may be hereditary, but the allergy itself is not hereditary. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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How to find out if I have a penicillin allergy?

How to find out if I have a penicillin allergy?

Covered by insurance: Testing for penicillin allergy involves skin testing to many of the different components of penicillin (major and minor). This testing is relatively painless and can be done in 2-3 hours. Insurance usually covers such testing. ...Read more

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How to find out if I have a penicillin allergy?

How to find out if I have a penicillin allergy?

Skin test: The formal means is to have skin testing done by a doctor. The agent is prepared to a standard small dose and injected under the skin. Reaction or not is assessed in a standard time interval. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: penicillin allergy?

What is the definition or description of: penicillin allergy?

Penicillin allergy: Penicillin allergy can be classified as an ige mediated immediate immune reaction in which a patient develops an allergic reaction to the break-down products of penicillin leading to allergy cell activation and mast cell release within 30 minutes to a few hours or it can be a delayed t cell mediated immune reaction in which patients develop a skin rash days after being treated with the antibiotic. ...Read more

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Do you need to wear a Medical ID bracelet for a penicillin allergy?

Probably not: Unless you have had a severe anaphylactic reaction (where your throat or mouth swelled and it interfered with breathing) then you probably don't need to wear a bracelet for that. Just remember to tell any treating doctor about the allergy. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

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