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Do you Really have a Penicillin Allergy?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 26, 2016 6:47:34 AM / by Winter Ninivaggi



Hey this is Winter. I'm super allergic to almost everything. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, pollen, etc, but the only medicine I'm allergic to is penicillin and I break out in some serious hives. So everytime I go to the doctor I make sure to tell them I'm allergic to penicillin, which has never seemed to be an issue, it is just something I don't take.

P.S. Dr. Guggenheim wished me a Bon Voyage as I will be studying abroad in Italy for the next 6 weeks. I'm going off the grid so I'll share my adventures when I return. So excited to eat real food, paint the landscape and learn Italian. I'll keep you posted.

I just read a really interesting article about the short-comings of having a penicillin allergy that I never even knew existed.

According to the article, about 1 in 10 patients who visit the Department of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the Cleveland Clinic self-report an allergy to penicillin. Patients who self-report a penicillin allergy can cause a barrier between them and optimal health care.

The patient will receive a non-penicillin antibiotic and most likely a non-beta-lactam antibiotic for surgical prophylaxis for a routine procedure. The alternate antibiotics can be more costly, associated with greater risks, and serve to breed resistant nosocomial organisms.

Patient populations claiming to have a penicillin allergy will be offered the opportunity to undergo a skin testing. The article reports that 88% of patients are skin test negative and are actually able to  the medication. The skin testing is also safely performed even in critically ill or pregnant women.

Here is the link to the original article and video about the penicillin allergy dilemma:Opinion Makers: Penicillin Allergy Not So Common?

We offer ALCAT and ELISA/ACT testing in CT. 

Once allergens are diagnosed, we create an emergency treatment plan for acute episodes after accidental exposures.  If an infant presents with food allergy symptoms during exclusive breastfeeding then mom has to follow a maternal elimination diet and correct her underlying dysbiosis of her intestinal microbiome.  I remove her allergens and have her take GOOD GUT Probiotics + immune and GOOD GUT Repair.  I recommend Xymogen's HistDao for added protection and a specialized probiotics for infants from Klaire Labs that you can order from Emerson Ecologics through our virtual pharmacy.  Probiotics modulate the immune system and help to prevent allergic conditions like atopic dermatitis.

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