Practical aspects of choosing an antibiotic for patients with a reported allergy to an antibiotic.

@article{Robinson2002PracticalAO,
  title={Practical aspects of choosing an antibiotic for patients with a reported allergy to an antibiotic.},
  author={Joan L Robinson and Tahir K Hameed and Stuart W. Carr},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2002},
  volume={35 1},
  pages={26-31}
}
Physicians often must select antibiotics for patients who are reported to have an antibiotic allergy. For penicillins, the sensitivity of penicillin skin testing for predicting serious allergic reactions is excellent. For other beta-lactam antibiotics, penicillin skin testing is useful for excluding the possibility of sensitivity to the beta-lactam ring. For other antibiotics, the patient history remains the most useful tool for determining whether a serious reaction is likely to occur with… CONTINUE READING

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