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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