The Penicillin Allergy, Misdiagnosis, and Outgrowing It

Penicillin is one of the earliest types of antibiotics and is responsible for saving many lives. However, as our Little Rock Allergist points out, over the years since its discovery, many people have been misdiagnosed as having an allergy to penicillin. Penicillin, developed from mold, was discovered in 1928 and began use as an antibiotic in the 1940s. Since then, penicillin has been used to treat various bacterial infections. While many people have taken penicillin to successfully clear bacterial infections over the years, many have also been misdiagnosed with a penicillin allergy. Extensive misdiagnoses widely resulted from recording one-time reactions as an allergy in patients’ medical re

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