Is there an allergy doctor near me in Elgin who tests for penicillin allergy?
Did you know that the vast majority of people who believe they have a penicillin allergy, actually test negative and can safely take it and related drugs? This can lead to overuse of more expensive broad spectrum antibiotics result in an increase in antibiotic resistance.
Are you wondering if there is an allergy doctor near me in Elgin who can make an accurate determination? Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates offers penicillin allergy tests.
What is penicillin?
The penicillin family of antibiotics includes more than 15 related drugs, prescribed to treat bacterial infections. Penicillin is one of the most commonly used antibiotics in the world.
While about 10 percent of the population claims to have a penicillin allergy, the majority are not truly allergic. Most people who have a penicillin allergy lose it over time.
Penicillin allergy testing
Penicillin allergy tests are the only way to determine if you are allergic to the drug. During the skin test, several different dilutions are applied, and the area is monitored for signs of reaction. If the test is negative, chances are the allergy no longer exists. An oral drug challenge, where a small dose of penicillin is given, can confirm if it is safe to use the antibiotic.
Treatment for symptoms of allergic reaction to penicillin
- Epinephrine Injection – Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life threatening allergic reaction. It requires immediate treatment with an epinephrine injection along with immediate medical care.
- Antihistamines – Over the counter antihistamines such as Benadryl can block the chemicals triggered during an allergic reaction.
- Corticosteroids – These can be used to treat inflammation that accompanies the reaction
If you live near Elgin and think you may have a penicillin allergy, or would like to find out if you’ve lost a previously diagnosed allergy, call us today to schedule an appointment.