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How can you test for penicillin allergy?

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Dr. David Rosenthal
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Skin and other tests

It depends on which antibiotic is of concern.
There are skin tests available for many of them, but they should be performed by a properly trained allergist with the necessary controls. After skin testing, depending on the history, another step (cautious challenge or desensitization) may be necessary.

In brief: Skin and other tests

It depends on which antibiotic is of concern.
There are skin tests available for many of them, but they should be performed by a properly trained allergist with the necessary controls. After skin testing, depending on the history, another step (cautious challenge or desensitization) may be necessary.
Dr. David Rosenthal
Dr. David Rosenthal
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Dr. Sean McGhee
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Skin test

An fda approved skin test is now available for penicillin allergy.
Many people who think they are pencillin allergic can actually take penicillin without difficulty. This skin test helps to identify these people.

In brief: Skin test

An fda approved skin test is now available for penicillin allergy.
Many people who think they are pencillin allergic can actually take penicillin without difficulty. This skin test helps to identify these people.
Dr. Sean McGhee
Dr. Sean McGhee
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Dr. Neil Baman
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Via an allergist

Consultation with a board-certified allergist is the first step.
For penicillin allergy, there is validated testing to help clear up the issue of a possible penicillin allergy. This typically involves skin testing to increasing concentrations of the various components of penicillin. If negative, an oral challenge to penicillin typically follow in order to rule out a penicillin allergy.

In brief: Via an allergist

Consultation with a board-certified allergist is the first step.
For penicillin allergy, there is validated testing to help clear up the issue of a possible penicillin allergy. This typically involves skin testing to increasing concentrations of the various components of penicillin. If negative, an oral challenge to penicillin typically follow in order to rule out a penicillin allergy.
Dr. Neil Baman
Dr. Neil Baman
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