Penicillin allergy represents the most common drug allergy in the United States. Somewhere between one and 10 percent of people avoid penicillin because of a history of reacting to it. But did you know 80-90 percent of the time it may not be a true penicillin allergy? Yes, many people are labeled “penicillin allergic” but, in fact, are not allergic to this class of drug. Why is this?
Drug reactions are documented, in most cases, purely by the report of a patient having an adverse response to a medication. When someone experiences a rash, itching, upset stomach, diarrhea, abdominal pain, swelling, dizziness, lightheadedness, throat symptoms or shortness of breath while taking a medication, drug allergy is appropriately considered. Unfortunately, all it takes is the consideration for health providers to make the claim of drug allergy.
True drug allergies are mediated by an antibody that we all have, and is referred to as IgE . When our bodies gener...
Generic Name: AZITHROMYCIN - INTRAVENOUS Pronounced: (ay-ZITH-roe-MYE-sin) Azithromycin IV Precautions
Before using azithromycin, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or to any other macrolide/ketolide antibiotics
(e.g., clarithromycin, erythromycin); or if you have any other allergies. This
product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or
other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
a certain muscle disease (myasthenia gravis)
Azithromycin may cause a condition that affects the heart
rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can infrequently result in serious
(rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe
dizziness, fainting) that require immediate medical attention. The risk of QT
prolongation may b...
Most public schools are required to accommodate special dietary needs, but there is still quite a learning curve in most schools as they come to grips with the reality of service to an increasing number of food-allergic children. If you choose to have your child "buy" lunch in school, you may be interested in the USDA's Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in the School Nutrition Programs . This plan may help you to work with your schools administrators and food service staff to feed your child safely.
For many parents of food-allergic children, packing your child a safe lunch turns out to be the best alternative. When dealing with multiple food allergies, even this can be a challenge, so here are some tips to preparing a safe lunch that will actually get eaten this year:
Take a dip! Dips are always a clever way to get kids to eat their fruits and veggies. A side of ranch or even homemade vinaigrette (apple cider vinegar, olive oil, touch of honey) is enti...
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