Allergists Urge Testing to Be Sure
National Penicillin Allergy Day has been instituted to raise awareness on the impact of being labeled allergic to penicillin. Approximately ten percent of the U.S. population has reported being allergic to penicillin, one of the most vital antibiotics prescribed by doctors for a variety of conditions like skin, sinus, throat and ear infections. Penicillin is part of a family of antibiotics known as beta-lactams (such as Amoxicillin, Augmentin, Keflex, Ceftin), and are commonly used because it is often the best drug to treat infections, safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding, safe for children, and less expensive than similar drugs.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that
The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) reports that
FCAAC would like to