Penicillin and beta-lactam allergy: epidemiology and diagnosis.

@article{Macy2014PenicillinAB,
  title={Penicillin and beta-lactam allergy: epidemiology and diagnosis.},
  author={Eric M. Macy},
  journal={Current allergy and asthma reports},
  year={2014},
  volume={14 11},
  pages={476}
}
Penicillin is the most common beta-lactam antibiotic allergy and the most common drug class allergy, reported in about 8% of individuals using health care in the USA. Only about 1% of individuals using health care in the USA have a cephalosporin allergy noted in their medical record, and other specific non-penicillin, non-cephalosporin beta-lactam allergies are even rarer. Most reported penicillin allergy is not associated with clinically significant IgE-mediated reactions after penicillin… CONTINUE READING
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