Skin test detects penicillin allergy with certainty

February 14, 2019

Skin test detects penicillin allergy with certainty

When receiving medical care for infections, some people have resisted penicillin and related antibiotics because of a presumed allergy. According to a recent report, though, 19 of 20 who thought they were allergic actually are not.

A penicillin allergy skin test offered at Northwest Hospital can tell with certainty.  Margaret Green, an infectious-disease and travel-medicine specialist, describes the simple screening and the benefits of using penicillin instead of other drugs. See our related blog post.


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