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: AMOXICILLIN EXTENDED-RELEASE TABLET- ORAL Pronounced: (a-MOX-i-SIL-in) Amoxicillin Oral Precautions
Before taking amoxicillin, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or to penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics; 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 type of viral infection (infectious
Amoxicillin suspension may contain sugar. Caution is
advised if you have diabetes or any other condition that requires you to
limit/avoid sugar in your diet. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about using this
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about
all the products you use (including prescriptio...
Seasonal allergic nasal problems have soared this year as a result of high temperatures in late winter and early spring. Tree pollen exploded into the air in February, at a time when most people in the Midwest are concerned about restocking their driveway salt. The warm February transitioned into a hot March and subsequently long and drawn out tree and grass pollen season. Mold spores have had all spring and summer to build up momentum despite the lack of rain in many areas of the country. The damaged crops, fallen trees (from disease, draught and fire) have enhanced the mold generation, primed to peak as fall season rolls in. In my area of the country (Chicago) poor air quality has contributed to the plight of my patients because of the multitude of sunny and hot days combined with fossil fuel emissions and ground level ozone which is typically problematic during summer months.
Ragweed season jumped on the bandwagon two weeks ago and hasn’t let up. As the mold counts exp...
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