Penicillin Allergy

Penicillin allergies may produce uncomfortable, or even life-threatening, symptoms. While experts are unsure why certain people develop an allergic reaction to penicillin, patients who are sensitive to penicillin are often allergic to other antibiotics derived from this drug.

The board-certified allergists of the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia identify penicillin allergies using several testing methods.

Penicillin Allergy Testing at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia

During an initial consultation, our medical team will learn your medical and penicillin sensitivity history. Common symptoms of a penicillin allergy include:

  • Rash
  • Itchy skin
  • Hives
  • Swollen areas of the face, or angioedema
  • Wheezing

Our board-certified allergists typically recommend skin prick/scratch tests and intradermal testing to determine a penicillin allergy. During a skin prick/scratch test, our allergy specialists will place a small amount of penicillin on the skin of your back to test for a reaction.

Should the skin prick/scratch test produce negative results, our highly-experienced doctors may order anintradermal test and inject a small amount of penicillin just under the skin to determine a reaction.

Candidates for Penicillin Allergy Testing in Atlanta

Ideal candidates for penicillin allergy testing at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia in metro Atlanta include those who:

  • Have a history of allergic reactions after taking penicillin
  • Are currently unable to receive prescriptions for beta-lactam antibiotics
  • May require penicillin for medical treatment

Patients who may have previously had an allergic reaction to penicillin may no longer be sensitive to the medication, and may benefit from a penicillin allergy test.

Schedule an appointment at one of our metro Atlanta locations online or via telephone at (404) 994-3574 to learn more about penicillin allergy testing.