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Penicillin Allergy Testing

Is It Really A Penicillin Allergy?

10% of the U.S. population reports a penicillin allergy, but less than 1% of the whole population is truly allergic.

Most people who report a penicillin allergy actually had a one-time reaction and may be able to have penicillin again. It is also estimated that 80% of people who do have a true allergic reaction to penicillin will lose their sensitivity after 10 years.

Know the facts and get tested! Learn more about the benefits of penicillin allergy testing with AllerVie Health (available in our Homewood location only).

Benefits of Getting Tested!

BE INFORMED

Penicillins are safe and effective antibiotics for many infections. A reported penicillin allergy prevents use of these drugs.

REDUCE COSTS & ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE

This can result in increased healthcare costs, antibiotic resistance, and side effects.

IMPROVE CARE

Correctly identifying a true penicillin allergy can decrease risks and improve overall care.

Penicillin Allergy Testing

AllerVie Health now provides Penicillin Allergy testing at our Homewood location! Each appointment is about 4-6 hours and consists of a series of tests and challenges for the Penicillin Allergy.

We hope to bring this more locations in the near future!

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Facts About Penicillin Allergies

Type 1, Immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated​

  • 10% of the U.S. population reports a penicillin allergy, while less than 1% of the whole population is truly allergic.
  • Many people who report a penicillin allergy do not have a true IgE-mediated reaction.
  • Approximately 80% of people with a true IgE-mediated penicillin allergy lose their sensitivity after 10 years.
  • Penicillins are a safe and effective antibiotic for many infections. A reported penicillin allergy prevents use of these drugs and often requires the use of alternative (broad-spectrum) antibiotics instead. This can result in higher healthcare costs, increased risk of antibiotic resistance, and less than optimal antibiotic therapy.
  • By correctly identifying a true penicillin allergy, these risks decrease and overall care can improve.

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