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What's in it for me? Benefits of penicillin allergy testing

(February 10, 2017) - While penicillin allergy testing is an emerging topic for 2017, healthcare providers are finding that new—and unexpected—patient populations do not understand the importance of penicillin allergy testing. Penicillin allergies, reported in 10 percent of the population, are the most commonly documented drug allergy in the U.S. Yet nine out of 10 patients reporting a penicillin allergy are not actually allergic.

Think you're allergic to penicillin? Check again

(February 6, 2017) - Many people who think they're allergic to penicillin don't really have an allergy to this antibiotic, a pediatric expert says. And anyone who thinks they have had an allergic reaction to penicillin should undergo an allergy test to ensure they really need to avoid these important drugs, Dr. Min Lee advised. She is a pediatric allergist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Penicillin allergy test determines the safety of useful antibiotic

(December 13, 2016) - Cleveland clinic doctor David Lang says about 90 percent of patients with a penicillin allergy will lose their allergy over time – and be able to take the medicine without any risk. "It’s important because if you self-report penicillin allergy, this may be a barrier to you receiving optimal care." He says it’s important to identify who can take penicillin because, in some cases, the medicine may be less costly, more effective, and pose fewer side effects than alternatives.

You're probably not allergic to penicillin, says CDC

(October 4, 2016) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you're probably not allergic to penicillin.
Approximately 10 percent of all U.S. patients report having an allergic reaction to a penicillin-class antibiotic in their past, according to the CDC, however, fewer than 1 percent of the population is truly allergic to penicillin.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges patients to confirm penicillin allergy

(October 4, 2016) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you're probably not allergic to penicillin.
Approximately 10 percent of all U.S. patients report having an allergic reaction to a penicillin-class antibiotic in their past, according to the CDC, however, fewer than 1 percent of the population is truly allergic to penicillin.

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