Antibiotic Allergy

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rash allergySomebody mentioned to me the other day that you can be allergic to antibiotics; is that really true?

Best Answer:

Yes, it is possible to have a mild or serious reaction to any drug including antibiotics, especially in children. A mild reaction can range from a skin rash to hives and can include swelling of any part of the body. However, serious reactions are possible and may range from difficulty breathing to anaphylactic shock which can severely restrict airflow.

When used at the appropriate time, antibiotics can help cure an illness or save a life, but long-term or indiscriminate use will eventually lead to other complications. It is interesting to note that the word antibiotic is derived from two Greek words; anti (against) and bios (life).

Most antibiotic drugs are not synthetic but are derived from strains of bacteria or molds. Oddly enough, they are used when a bacterial organism invades the body to assist the immune system to aid in fighting the bacteria causing the illness. Antibiotics will only help the body fight a bacterial infection but does nothing to fight a viral invasion.

If you suspect or know you can have an allergic to penicillin or another antibiotic, then it is highly advisable that you consider using a Medic Alert tag or bracelet for emergency situations so that a medical staff member is aware that you have an allergy.

Source: Yahoo Answers
Donna Benson, Registered Nurse at Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler Texas.

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