How to Treat a Penicillin Allergy Properly
When the penicillin allergy is prolonged and not treated, it can lead to respiratory distress. Some people, though, are allergic to penicillin. An allergic response affects your gastrointestinal tract, lungs, skin and nose.
Treat a Penicillin Allergy
By taking the medications below, you can successfully treat an allergic reaction to penicillin. Penicillin is an antibiotic derived from the fungus penicillium used to treat numerous bacterial infections such as gonorrhea.
Consume Albuterol Sulfate Tablets
Consume albuterol sulfate tablets. This drug is a bronchodilator that opens your airways of lung, relieving your shortness of breath caused by an allergic reaction to penicillin. The recommended dosage every 12 hours is 2 milligrams.
Take Epinephrine Injection
Get an epinephrine injection. Epinephrine is a type of adrenaline that can immediately open your breathing tubes when injected into your muscles. The drug relieves the allergic reaction and quickly restores your breathing back to normal. Inject 0.3 milliliters of Epinephrine with an EpiPen auto injector into your thigh muscles.
Get Oral Antihistamine
Get an oral antihistamine such as Benadryl. Antihistamines neutralize the effects of the chemical histamine that is responsible for most penicillin allergy symptoms like constricted airways and skin irritations. Take 50 milligrams of Benadryl three times a day or as prescribed.
Get a Corticosteroid
Get a corticosteroid. Corticosteroids such as Deltasone reduces the inflammation of your respiratory bronchioles or airway branches in your lung. Take one 60 milligram tablet daily, preferably with food.
Take Penicillin Desensitization
Take penicillin desensitization. About this treatment, you are subjected to small amounts of penicillin every two minutes, which gradually weakens your body’s sensitivity to the antibiotic for a short while.
This method will allow you to receive a full injection of penicillin without an allergic reaction. It is done only if penicillin is absolutely necessary. Only a physician should do this treatmen, preferably in the hospital where you can be carefully observed. Treat your penicillin allergy properly, ask your doctor for more detail.