-- Alan Mozes
WEDNESDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are allergic
to penicillin are not more likely than other kids to develop
additional drug allergies, new research suggests.
Pediatric patients who need antibiotics are often prescribed
penicillin, the study authors noted. Prior research in adults has
suggested that allergies to penicillin could be a signal for
additional allergies to other medications.
But in the new study, which included an analysis of 778 medical
records from patients under the age of 18, of the 8 percent of
children who had a positive skin test for penicillin allergy, just
21 percent were found to have allergies to additional drugs. In
comparison, 23 percent of those with negative penicillin skin tests
displayed multiple drug allergies.
The findings were presented this week at the annual meeting of
the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), in
"I was surprised with the results of this study since most of the primarily adult literature suggests that patients with penicillin allergies are at increased risk for developing other drug allergies," study co-author Dr. Valerie Martin, a pediatric and adolescent medicine physician at Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester, Minn., said in an AAAAI news release.
"These results are useful to pediatric patients with confirmed penicillin allergies who are hesitant to take other medications due to concern that they will have adverse reactions," she added.
"Further research on this topic is needed to determine why children with penicillin allergies seem to be less likely to develop other adverse drug reactions than adults with penicillin allergies," Martin concluded.
Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data
and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in
a peer-reviewed journal.
For more on drug allergies, visit the
U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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