Utility of desensitisation for allergy to antibiotics.


Immediate-type allergic reactions to medication are potentially life threatening and can hamper the drug therapy of several medical conditions. If no alternative drug treatment is available, a desensitisation procedure may secure the continuation of necessary therapy by inducing a temporal state of tolerance. Desensitisation is only appropriate in case of a strong suspicion of an IgE-mediated allergic reaction. It should be performed by trained clinicians (allergy specialists) in a hospital setting where treatment of a potential anaphylactic reaction can be done without any delay. In this article, literature describing desensitisation procedures for several antibiotics is reviewed.

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@article{Groot2012UtilityOD, title={Utility of desensitisation for allergy to antibiotics.}, author={Hans de Groot and Wilhemina M C Mulder and Ingrid Terreehorst}, journal={The Netherlands journal of medicine}, year={2012}, volume={70 2}, pages={58-62} }