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When should I call 911 about my penicillin allergy?

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In rare cases, you might have a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. You or someone near you should call 911 if:

  • Your belly hurts.
  • It’s hard to breathe.
  • You have diarrhea.
  • You’re dizzy or light-headed, or you pass out.
  • You have seizures.
  • Your throat or tongue swells up.
  • There’s tightness in your chest.
  • You throw up, or feel like you might.

From: What Is Penicillin Allergy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient information: Allergy to penicillin and related antibiotics (Beyond the Basics).”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Drug Allergy.”

Mayo Clinic: “Penicillin Allergy.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Penicillin Allergy FAQ.”

CDC: “Management of Persons Who Have a History of Penicillin Allergy.”

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs: “Penicillin Skin Testing: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 9, 2018

SOURCES:

UpToDate: “Patient information: Allergy to penicillin and related antibiotics (Beyond the Basics).”

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Drug Allergy.”

Mayo Clinic: “Penicillin Allergy.”

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Penicillin Allergy FAQ.”

CDC: “Management of Persons Who Have a History of Penicillin Allergy.”

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs: “Penicillin Skin Testing: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 9, 2018

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