If you experience symptoms of a penicillin allergy, see your family doctor, and request for a referral to an allergist as soon as possible.
What is Penicillin?
Penicillin is widely known and used as an antibiotic, and is the most common cause of drug allergies. Allergic responses to penicillin are not typically categorized as dangerous anaphylactic reactions. Their symptoms include rashes, itchy eyes, hives, or swelling in the face, tongue or lips.
Diagnosing a Penicillin Allergy
Our penicillin clinic allergist will conduct a targeted interview with the patient to assess their medical history and symptoms regarding penicillin antibiotics. An intradermal skin test is then conducted on the patient’s forearm, and left to develop for 15-20 minutes in order to properly diagnose a penicillin allergy. The allergist will confirm test results and discuss treatment options.
Treatment Options for a Penicillin Allergy
Mild allergic reactions to penicillin can be controlled using antihistamines, which can be bought without a prescription. If over-the-counter antihistamines do not help, your allergist or family doctor can prescribe different medications, such as an antibiotic.
Penicillin Antibiotics Include:
- Penicillin G
- Penicillin V