Monday, April 07, 2014
Are you allergic to penicillin?..
They needed a study for that? Sometimes I wonder why I even do this.
So I am switching to a study on penicillin allergy. Everyone knows someone who is or thinks they are allergic to penicillin.
So this study rounded up stats on almost 52,000 with self-reported penicillin allergies. This was about 11% of hospital admissions.
Yet only 2-5% of the gen pop is actually allergic to penicillin.
In the study the penicillin allergy people were matched with two non-allergic people and after 20 mos, the allergic ones spent 9.9% more time in the hospital. Women spent more than 12% more time.
The dangers to the penicillin-allergic were C. diff, VRE and MRSA. They did not get penicillin, nor were they tested for an allergy.
The implication is that actual testing might provide docs with more treatment alternatives, including penicillin.
Can we ask for this if we are hospitalized? Don't know.