what do you do if you are allergic to penicillin?

@bgerig (1259)
United States
April 23, 2007 8:37pm CST
I am highly allergic to penicillin. What other medicines do you take instead of penicillin? I think I posted that question once before but did not receive a lot of response as I recall.....However, I do have a second question. I was diagnosed when I was a child. Do you think one grows out of this allergy? Do you know of instances when that happens? How does one test to see if they are still allergic?
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24 responses
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
We are not supposed to be taking antibiotics without doctor's prescriptions. When you tell your doctor that you are allergic to penicillin, he will take tests as to which type will suit you. There are many types of antibiotics already available. That is a favorable development for most of us because, when we develop an allergy to the one which we were using years before, there will always be an alternative at hand. I would like to recommend that you start taking sodium ascorbate. There is an item in the internet which will deal with sodium ascorbate and allergies. Do a search on sodiumascorbate and get your health problem answered. You can also ask your doctor about it. It is an alkaline-based natural vitamin c. I am taking as much as 2000 milligrams three times a day, that is, 30 minutes before each regular meal. This product has been doing wonders for every member of my family. It builds up one's resistance to almost all types of illnesses. I have stopped taking antibiotics and pain relievers eversince I was introduced to the product.
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
24 Apr 07
That is one of those that most people don't out grow. Fact is that while children with allergies seem to get better in their teens & young adult years, they really haven't gotten rid of them & they do come back later in life. My neice thought since she'd been all right for so long that she'd try smoking - nearly put her in the hospital.
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@gberlin (3836)
24 Apr 07
I do not have any answers for you. I am not allergic to penicillin. I know though that there are other antibiotics that doctors can prescribe. I know that some kid allergies disappear when they become adults. I don't know if this is the case with penicillin. I am sure that a doctor could do the testing for you.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
24 Apr 07
Maybe codine. I'm not really sure though. My little sister is also allergic to penicllin. I am allergic to codine.
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@hcromer (2712)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I don't think you can grow out of a penicillin allergy. I developed this allergy a couple of years ago, I'm not sure exactly what medicines I have been prescribed instead, but if you tell your doctor that you are allergic they will have something else to give you. It's a pretty common allergy.
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@daycarepal (1998)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I am allergic to amoxicillin which my doctor said is part of the penicillin family, therefore I am allergic to penicillin as well. I never knew this until my dentist prescribed amoxicillin to me after having oral surgery. My entire body broke out in a huge red rash. I haven't had to take any antibotics since then.
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@shorva (923)
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
I too am allergic to penicilin and ceflexin. So when I have to take anti biotic the doctors always recommend erithromycin (did I spell it right). Although it really depends on what illness you have. There are appropriate anti biotics depending on your disease. It really is better to ask your doctor first.
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
24 Apr 07
Allergies usually one does not out grow. It's part of your life. I suppose it's possible but it's very highly unlikely. If you are allergic to pennicillian there are many other antibiodics out there from sulfas to synthetics. The pharmacutical companies are always coming out with new ones. If you need an antibiodic though you should ask your doctor. He can tell you better then anyone what ones are available.
@raydene (9874)
• United States
25 Apr 07
I am allergic to penicillin also .It's not a problem cause they can give lots of others that are even better.I wouldn't chance taking it.You can die..You can ask your doctor but they will most likely tell you to avoid it.
@bmodina (241)
• Philippines
25 Apr 07
il quit then il consult to a doctor.
@gemini1960 (1162)
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
Before injecting, doctors have to test it first in your arms and if youa re allergic there is a red swelling on the part of your skin which the needle was injected, which means that you are allergic on that antibiotic, i know that due to frequent visits to the doctor when my children got sick, i dont know if it will disappear as you grow old , what i know is that it wont, and try consulting your doctors to what alternative medicines you could use .
@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I am not allergic to penicillin but I am allergic to aspirin so I try avoid anything that has aspirin in it. The best thing for you to do is your ask your doctor or any other board certified doctor what they would recommend instead of penicillin. That is the safest bet instead of trying different medications. That is a good question if someone can grow out of it. I used to get bloody noses with aspirin but that was when I was younger and have not taken aspirin since then.
@maryannemax (12170)
• Sweden
24 Apr 07
there really are people who are allergic to penicillins. if so, one should better seek advice from their doctors for replacements. it's always better to be safe than sorry. if one is allergic to penicillin, that person might also be allergic to some other antibiotics. there are reactions which are really harmful to health. so, better to ask your doctor about it. i found this site for you, too to add more facts: http://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/diseasemanagement/allergy/penallergy/penallergy.htm happy myLotting!
@kakuemmom (862)
• Canada
24 Apr 07
My oldest daughter has an allergy to penicillin not severe but enough that if she continued to take it it would most likely get worse. What she gets when she needs an antibiotic is Ceclor and it seems to do the trick. She also was diagnosed when she was young and i have never looked into see if it is something that she would grow out of or not.
@Galena (9123)
24 Apr 07
it's usually enthromyicin instead. so long as it's on your medical records, which it certainly should be quite clearly, then they won't give you amoxycillin, which are the usual antibiotics. but as long as they are made aware of it, they'll give you something suitable
@icequeen (2842)
• Canada
24 Apr 07
I am allergic to penicillin too since I was young. I break out in hives. I think it is up to the doctor to decide what other medications to use in these incidences. I have not heard of growing out of this...? It could happen with other allergies...but I am not sure about penicillin? I would talk to your doctor and ask him what tests are appropriate for you?
@marciascott (25554)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I scratch all over because I am alergic to it. I will tell the doec than they prescribe something else.
@ethanmama (1746)
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
First off, I would say that you should let your doctor know that you are allergic so that he would not prescribe penicillin or any of its variants (ampicillin, amoxicillin, co-amoxyclav etc.). It's best to just let your doctor decide on what medication is suitable for you. Antibiotics are supposed to be prescription medications anyway. I think medication allergies are quite difficult to grow out of. I would rather not take the risk because some allergic reactions may be fatal.
@jamie11982 (1659)
• United States
24 Apr 07
i to was diagnosed when i was a child. I am 25 years old and still can not take any penicillin. There are other medications out there that you are able to take. You will never out grow your allergic reactions to this medication. When i have an infection the doctor normally gives me a z-pack. Which is short for zithromaz. This has no penicillin in it and it very helpfull. They will know what to do if your are like you said highly allegic to this medication. All that you need to do is inform your doctor when you go that you can't take it because of your reaction to it. This is a ver common thig that people have. My children on the other hand take after their father and can take it when every they need to. They don't have any allergies to medications lucky them. I wish you luck and if you still have more questions then ask the doctor. You won't be feeling like a fool because they are used to this line of questioning. It's one of the reasons why they took up the profestion.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
24 Apr 07
Sometimes people can grow out of their allergies but not always. As far as be allergic to penicillin my mom was too. They would always give her something else that would work just as good as penicillin.