Let us check if you are allergic to Penicillin as you may not be having reacted once

Let us check if you are allergic to Penicillin as you may not be having reacted once

It is not uncommon for patients to have experienced a rash or other so-called “allergic reaction” while taking one of the most common antibiotics such as penicillin. However, this does not mean that patients have an actual allergy to penicillin. While you may believe you have an allergy to this medication, most do not. In fact, in a recent study done by the ACAAI (American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology), 384 people who thought they were allergic to penicillin were tested specifically for this allergy, and only 6% of them truly had an allergy.

What does this mean for you? This means that if you believe you have a penicillin allergy, you may be wrong! Whether you have experienced a rash or swelling while taking penicillin, this is not a true indication of an allergy. This misconception may result in patients being prescribed different, more expensive antibiotic alternatives when they are actually not needed. Other medications may also have more severe side effects and can increase the risk of drug resistance. This is why penicillin is often the first line of defense when it comes to common conditions such as ear infections, sinus infections, and strep throat.

But what if you developed hives or other issues when taking this medication in the past? Many patients may have had an allergy when they were younger but can grow out of them, so testing in adulthood may provide different results. Also, these issues may have been a result of a virus that went undetected and undiagnosed and may not be directly related.

At the Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois, we provide allergy testing and can help you determine if you have a true medical allergy. We can provide skin tests and blood testing in order to get an accurate reading as to whether or not penicillin is an appropriate medication for you when antibiotics are necessary.

Drs. Noga Askenazi and her staff are all available in our practice to help with allergy solutions. Contact our team today to book a consultation appointment and learn about accurate allergy testing..

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Meredith Cirrincione | Dr. Noga Askenazi

Haley Young is a board-certified physician assistant specializing in immunology and allergy with a comprehensive background in neurosurgery and dermatology. Holding a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Lincoln Memorial University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Aurora University, she brings a holistic approach to patient care. Haley Young is committed to treating the whole person—mind, body, and spirit, adeptly managing complex conditions like allergic rhinitis, food allergies, and asthma. She is a member of prestigious professional organizations and is dedicated to building trust with her patients, ensuring compassionate and comprehensive care.

Amy Schack, a distinguished board-certified Physician Associate, brings a wealth of expertise to patient care. Specializing in allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, and rashes, Amy is renowned for her commitment to excellence and compassionate approach. With a background in immediate care and orthopedics, she holds a Master's in Physician Assistant studies from Midwestern University and a Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University. A member of esteemed professional associations, including the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Amy Schack instills confidence, ensuring you can trust her unwavering dedication to your health and well-being.

Meredith Cirrincione is a board certified Physician Assistant and specializes in treating allergies, with a focus on asthma, rashes, environmental allergies, chemical and food allergies. She holds a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from The Chicago Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences. She is a Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She likes to approach things holistically. She is a strong patient advocate and adored by her patients. She enjoys singing, reading, cooking, and the great outdoors.

Dr. Noga Askenazi is a nationally recognized asthma and allergy specialist who is board certified in pediatric and adult allergy. Her areas of special interest are innovative treatment of rashes, sinusitis, food allergies, asthma and immune disorders. She was past President of the ISAAI (Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology), works on state and national committees for advancement of the allergy field and is a consultant for Advocate, Ascension Health, Northwestern amongst other health care systems. Her joy is helping patients reach their goals after together determining best treatments. Her staff and patients are a chosen family, and she invests in their happiness. She enjoys gardening, biking and cooking to good music.

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