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Penicillin Allergy Testing

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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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