Testing for Penicillin Allergy at Ohio State

Testing for Penicillin Allergy at Ohio State

To learn more about allergy and immunology treatments at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, visit https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/ear-nose-throat/allergy-immunology-care. To make an appointment, call 614-355-9000.

Studies reveal up to 90 percent of people self-reporting a penicillin allergy do not actually have one. They may have either outgrown the allergy or their initial symptoms may have been caused by something else. Kara Wada, MD, an allergy and immunology specialist at Ohio State, explains the importance of being tested if you think you are allergic to penicillin, so it can be added back as an acceptable medicine for you in the future if you’re not actually allergic. This can prove a tremendous benefit as we face more antibiotic resistance.