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Penicillin Allergy is less common than suspected

The majority of patients who believe they are allergic to Penicillin, don’t do that in reality. Many Doctors dispense with the suspect still on it, and put other, worse-tolerated antibiotics. This is unnecessary in most cases, says the German society for infectiology (DGI). The experts advise Concerned to have an early test, as in the acute case usually is no time.

A recent U.S. study in the journal "JAMA" was published, shows that about 95 percent of the patients with suspected Penicillin Allergy no Allergy is actually. The overview of work that in the US, for example, every tenth Patient to have an allergic reaction to a Penicillin, usually due to side effects such as gastrointestinal discomfort or itching. In reality, the Rate is suppose allergic reactions to penicillins. In addition, a Penicillin weakness-Allergy with time, so that after ten years 80 per cent of the patients tolerated the antibiotic again, report the authors, Dr. Erica S. Shenoy from the Harvard Medical School in Boston. The DGI indicates that also in Germany many people assume erroneously, to have a Penicillin Allergy. Studies have shown that about three-quarters of these patients to tolerate, not only to Penicillin but to all β-Lactam antibiotics. And: "Even if an Allergy against a specific Penicillin is available, is usually, nevertheless, the treatment with another Penicillin or to a Cephalosporin from the group möglich", DGI-President Professor Dr. Gerd Fätkenheuer says. Nevertheless, will not cases in Acute care, often to the gift of all β-lactams omitted, because the time for an Allergy test was not sufficient.

The antibiotics of other classes of substance received by the patient instead of the less effective and had greater side effects. The increased use of broadband and reserve antibiotics contributes to the emergence of drug resistance. It is, therefore, advisable that patients with suspected Penicillin Allergy can actually by an allergist to clarify.

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