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Penicillin Allergy Testing

Penicillin allergy is a commonly reported allergy however, only 1% of the population is truly allergic and many of those reporting allergy may have been falsely labeled. Avant Allergy led by Sandra A. Ho, MD can accurately diagnose true penicillin allergy. Book an appointment today.

Why is Penicillin Allergy thought to be so common?

Diagnosis of penicillin allergy commonly occurs in childhood when this antibiotic is used to treat infections and a rash erupts. Viral illnesses can also lead to rashes and so it is difficult to determine whether the rash is from the infection or the medication resulting in children being erroneously labeled as penicillin allergic.


Why is penicillin allergy testing important?

With growing antibiotic resistance and the emergence of superbugs, the ability to use the most specific antibiotic for the issue at hand is paramount. In addition, some infections only respond to penicillin based antibiotics. For those reasons it is important to see a board-certified allergist like Dr. Sandra A. Ho to determine if you have true penicillin allergy.


How is penicillin allergy testing done?

The allergy specialists at Avant Allergy in Los Angeles, California will perform skin testing and if negative, a dose of penicillin is given in the office and you are observed for 1 hour. If no allergic response occurs, then you are not allergic to penicillin class antibiotics.


Have you been told you are allergic to penicillin? Schedule an appointment with Avant Allergy today.

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