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Penicillin Allergy

Question: If you were allergic to Penicillin as a child, can you outgrow it?

Answer: Yes, children usually do outgrow it. It’s important to note, however, that most children who are thought to have the allergy by their parents actually do not (when tested by an allergist). An even higher percentage – perhaps 80 to 90 percent – of adults who think they are allergic to Penicillin are incorrect. As a result, instead of tried and true Penicillin, they usually end up with a broad-spectrum antibiotic that’s not only more expensive but may have more side effects and be less effective. If you think you are allergic to Penicillin, you can be tested by an allergist to confirm it.

Excerpt from: University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter Special Spring/Summer Issues 2014.

Impetigo

What is Impetigo?

Impetigo is a minor superficial infection of the skin. It is common during the summer months and is characterized by yellow, weeping sores which are usually located on the face, arms and legs. Impetigo is usually due to Strep or Staph infection.

Treatment

Washing the sores daily with soap and water, thus removing the crusty lesions.

Applying Neosporin topical antibacterial ointment to the sores.

If the areas are particularly bad, you should contact your physician. Sometimes, oral antibiotics are necessary to completely resolve the infection.

Other measures can be taken to make your child more comfortable. These include keeping the fingernails trimmed and giving Benadryl for itching (see Dosing Guide).

Sores with surrounding angry-looking red areas or red streaks should be seen by your physician.

If your child has more than one sore, make an appointment with your physician

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Penicillin Allergy

Question: If you were allergic to Penicillin as a child, can you outgrow it?

Answer: Yes, children usually do outgrow it. It’s important to note, however, that most children who are thought to have the allergy by their parents actually do not (when tested by an allergist). An even higher percentage – perhaps 80 to 90 percent – of adults who think they are allergic to Penicillin are incorrect. As a result, instead of tried and true Penicillin, they usually end up with a broad-spectrum antibiotic that’s not only more expensive but may have more side effects and be less effective. If you think you are allergic to Penicillin, you can be tested by an allergist to confirm it.

Excerpt from: University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter Special Spring/Summer Issues 2014.

Impetigo

What is Impetigo?

Impetigo is a minor superficial infection of the skin. It is common during the summer months and is characterized by yellow, weeping sores which are usually located on the face, arms and legs. Impetigo is usually due to Strep or Staph infection.

Treatment

Washing the sores daily with soap and water, thus removing the crusty lesions.

Applying Neosporin topical antibacterial ointment to the sores.

If the areas are particularly bad, you should contact your physician. Sometimes, oral antibiotics are necessary to completely resolve the infection.

Other measures can be taken to make your child more comfortable. These include keeping the fingernails trimmed and giving Benadryl for itching (see Dosing Guide).

Sores with surrounding angry-looking red areas or red streaks should be seen by your physician.

If your child has more than one sore, make an appointment with your physician