Medical providers have always been taught that if you are allergic to penicillin, you have a greater chance of also being allergic to a large class of antibiotics called cephalosporins (Keflex, Suprax, Omnicef, Cefzil, Ceftin, etc.). Not wanting to cause the patient another, potentially-serious adverse reaction, many clinicians automatically eliminate cephalosporin use in patients who report a penicillin allergy. A study of 156 penicillin-allergic patients reported at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, found that 80 people tested negative to penicillin allergy, and only ONE PATIENT out of 156 experienced a possible, mild adverse reaction. TIP #2: Not all adverse reactions to drugs, even rashes, are ALLERGIC. Amoxicillin – a penicillin derivative – is notorious for causing a non-allergic, skin rash in some people. Clinicians typically will avoid giving it again, but to eliminate cephalosporins as an alternative drug may not be prudent. TIP #3: Viruses often cause rashes, especially in children, so if a child is taking amoxicillin and develops a rash, it does not necessarily mean it is from the drug. However, if a child develops HIVES, this is most-likely a penicillin allergic response.
TIP #4: Not all adverse reactions are ALLERGIC reactions. Getting a tummyache or diarrhea while taking an antibiotic does not mean you are "allergic" to it.
Always inform your medical provider of possible allergies AND adverse drug reactions so that a reasonable, informed decision can be made regarding the use of the same or similar medications in the future.View Thread
Many of my patients take zinc as a supplement in order to strengthen and improve the immune system, as well as reduce the incidence of infection. Will zinc help prevent (or lessen the severity) of middle ear infections in children? Ten different placebo-controlled, randomized studies, published in the Cochrane Database found no convincing evidence that zinc was beneficial in preventing ear infections. TIP #1: Zinc is a micronutrient only needed in very small quantities. I do not recommend it as a supplement for children as a preventative for ear infections (or colds).View Thread
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