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Penicillin Allergy: Symptoms and Risk

Penicillin is an antibiotic that is often used to treat certain bacterial infections, such as strep throat and venereal diseases. Penicillin was the first antibiotic developed and because it has been around for so long is it very inexpensive, yet very effective when used for certain infections. However, as with any drug or substance, some people will show signs of an allergy to penicillin, or will develop an allergy to penicillin. A penicillin allergy can be life threatening, so it is good to understand the symptoms of a penicillin allergy prior to taking the medication.

Allergies are tricky things. A person may have been exposed many, many times to a certain substance, such as a food or medication, with no ill effects only to suddenly develop and allergy when exposed to the same substance again. There is no real explanation for why this happens, but certain people do have a genetic predispostion to allergies. Even if no one if your family is allergy prone, or allergic to penicillin, you can still have a penicillin allergy. It may make itself know the first time that you take the medication, or the allergy may begin after you’ve taken penicillin a number of time. No matter the case, a penicillin allergy can be life threatening.

A penicillin allergy may present with symptoms as simple as a rash, or as severe as anaphylactic shock, which is an extremely emergent situation that require immediate medical help. The milder symptoms of a penicillin allergy include itching, hives, a rash, and wheezing. If you develop these symptoms while taking penicillin, you should stop the medication immediately and alert your physician right away so that he is aware of your reaction, and can change you to a new medication.

Anaphylactic shock, a much more severe allergic reaction, consists of symptoms that include wheezing, swelling of the face, lips, and tongue, difficulty breathing, swelling of the throat, dizziness, a weak or rapid pulse and a lose of consciousness. If you are taking penicillin and begin to feel any of these symptoms you need to call 911 immediately, or have someone do it for you. This sort of allergy can come on very quickly and needs prompt medical intervention to prevent death.

Anyone can develop a penicillin allergy. An allergy to penicillin happens when you take the medication and your body thinks that it is a bad thing rather than something to help you. Your body then responds by producing immunoglobulins that attack the substance, producing the allergy symptoms. Once you show any signs of a penicillin allergy you need to let your doctor know so that it can be recorded in your chart, and you should never take the medication again. Always tell any new doctor about your penicillin allergy, including ER doctors, and carry a card with you in your purse or wallet should you be unconscious and unable to tell someone of your allergy. People with severe penicillin allergies may want to wear a MedicAlert bracelet. There are many antibiotics available today that will do the same job as penicillin, so your infection can be treated effectively without putting your life at risk.

Penicillin Allergy: Symptoms
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Allergy Information for Kids with Allergies

Sure it’s important for parents of children with allergies to have great information resources for child allergies, but it’s equally important for kids to have great informational resources. When child allergies play a significant role in the life of a child, it’s essential to find allergy information for kids. Allergy information for kids that is written with kids in mind serves a number of purposes.

Allergy information for kids :

• Is written with children in mind, so it speaks to them on their level
• Explains complex terms in more understandable ways
• Helps them deal with the issues they face because of their condition
• Helps teach kids with allergies what is and is not safe for them given their condition
• Speaks to fears and concerns children have about their allergies, about exposure, and about treatment
• Gives them tools they can use to educate friends and acquaintances (and often ignorant adults)
• Helps children with allergies feel more normal
• Helps children learn to communicate with parents about their symptoms, and medical professionals about their condition, treatment, and concerns

In short, allergy information for kids helps put kids in control of their condition and on an even playing field with those with a hand in their care. Where to Find Allergy Information For Kids There are plenty of good, reliable resources publishing allergy information for kids that is specifically child-directed.

• Hospitals
Both community hospitals and larger university and teaching hospitals maintain lending libraries with information for their patients. This is a great place to take a child for free allergy information for kids that can be borrowed, and often kept.

• The Doctor’s Office
Children’s doctors understand the importance of including children in their care and growing educated patients. Pediatricians and primary care physicians maintain a wealth of handouts, fun learning activities, informational resources, books, and pamphlets for children in their care.

• Friends and Associates
Parents and children with significant allergies often find that others living in similar circumstances are one of their best resources. Talking with peers and sharing informational resources is an excellent way to both help your child become educated as to his or her condition and to feel less alone.

• Book Sources
Many children’s books have been published which deal with children’s allergies and related issues at different levels. These books can be purchased at bookstores where available, but often highly specialized books are easier found online or through another resource such as the doctor’s office. When a child needs a lift in spirit or help in learning about his or her allergies, searching out these books can put a great tool in hand.

Many children with allergies will live with their condition all of their lives, so it is important to give them tools early on that will help them manage their condition independently. Education through a variety of resources offering allergy information for kids is the best way to keep a child safe and healthy as they grow.

Common Child Allergy Sinus Problems

Children suffer from a variety of common upper respiratory infections and allergies that take a toll on the sinuses. Here’s a look at the most common child allergy sinus problems and how to deal with them.

Different child allergy sinus problems can cause discomfort, even pain, fatigue, irritability, and pressure. Recognizing these common child allergy problems and taking the steps mentioned here to prevent and treat them will help get your child’s life back to normal.

• Sinus pressure/Stuffy Nose
Sinus pressure results from blocked sinuses that cannot clear mucus congestion. A decongestant can help open the drainage passageways to allow sinuses to clear. Humidifiers and steamers can also help loosen mucus so that it passes more easily. Saline sprays or drops, and decongestant nose drops are helpful as well.

• Sinusitis
Sinusitis, or sinus infection, results when sinuses become blocked and bacteria, fungi, or viruses gain a good place to grow. Prevention consists mainly of preventing sinus blockage as described above. Treatment options are similar and decongestants or humidification can relieve pressure as the body fights the illness. Bacterial sinusitis may be treated with antibiotics, but antibiotics cannot clear viral infections, and so viral sinusitis often has to run its course; pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen help manage pain and fever.

• Watery, runny nose
Runny noses are very common child allergy sinus problems which can result from any number of allergies, including the most common-hay fever. When a child has a runny, watery nose, the best thing to do is to try to dry it up by using an antihistamine to stop the reaction. It should be noted, though that a running nose is one that is clearing congestion, which means the child is less likely to suffer from sinus blockage and sinusitis, so when tolerated a runny nose can be a good thing.

• Itchy nose
Itchy nose is one of the most common child allergy sinus problems; the only real way to treat it after the fact is to stop the allergic reaction, usually with an antihistamine. Preventing allergen exposure is the best way to prevent this child allergy sinus problem.

All of these common child allergy sinus problems may be made worse by certain factors, including smoking, infection, pollution, and fumes. Avoiding all of these will further increase the comfort of your child and help prevent secondary infections caused by sinus congestion and inflammation.

When to Call The Doctor

Although tempting, it is pointless to call the doctor at every sign of sinus discomfort. There are times when it is in the best interest of a child suffering from one or more of these common child allergy sinus problems, though, including

• Presence of fever
• Extreme discomfort
• Off-colored discharge that does not clear after a few days
• Child allergy sinus problems that last more than 10-14 days
• Chronic problems that are impacting the health or lifestyle of the child
• Child allergy sinus problems that are not easily controlled with medication and comfort measures
• Child allergy sinus problems that make breathing and eating difficult for the child

And as always, when there is a doubt, it is best to call the child’s doctor’s office anyway and get the opinion of a nurse or the doctor to determine if the child should be seen.

Apple Allergy

An apple a day keeps the doctor away…well, not in this case. Many people are allergic to dairy or peanuts, but an allergy to apples is not as well known. Most of the symptoms of this allergy resemble those of pollen or animal hair allergies; however, there are more serious symptoms such as: hives, asthma, tongue swelling, diarrhea, constipation, wheezing, vomiting, headaches, eczema, breathing problems, or low blood pressure. The one major problem with this allergy is going through anaphylactic shock and that, unfortunately for apple allergy sufferers, apples or apple juice is used in many foods and drinks.

Of course there are exceptions to the apple allergy; some people do not actually have the allergy, but have different one called oral allergy syndrome according to HealthCentral.com. Oral allergy syndrome is an allergic reaction to certain raw or fresh foods that may contain pollen. This is caused by reacting pollen from trees and other plants to the raw or fresh fruits. The symptoms of this are: itchiness or tingling of the mouth and/or swelling of the tongue and/or throat after eating certain raw or fresh fruits, diarrhea, cramps, or constipation. Some oral allergy syndrome sufferers that experience an allergic reaction to apples have a birch pollen allergy and may also experience those symptoms with peaches, hazelnuts, cherries or carrots. Most of the time, cooking the fruits reduces the symptoms of this allergy.

Fortunately, someone can grow out of this allergy to apples and can also get rid of it by taking allergy vaccinations or medicines. According to WrongDiagnosis.com, skin prick tests can be done as well to show if that someone is still allergic to apples or allergic to anything else. The only true way to not have an allergic reaction to apples for apple allergy sufferers is to stay away from that fruit as much as possible. Usually processed or cooked apples are fine to consume.

Some people confuse their symptoms with oral allergy syndrome and come to believe that they do indeed have that allergy when they do not. Lactose intolerance is more common than oral allergy syndrome and is often confused with the syndrome. A doctor should be consulted when someone is unsure of his or her allergy or when an elimination diet has not helped with stopping certain symptoms. Many sufferers have tried allergy immunotherapy, which is where someone is given increasingly larger doses of the food that he or she is allergic to in the hopes that eventually he or she will develop a tolerance. This does help many people, but an elimination diet is still the best way to prevent these allergy symptoms.