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Rev Med Suisse. 2012 Apr 18;8(337):836, 838-42.

[Allergy to beta-lactam antibiotics].

[Article in French]

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Service d'immunologie et allergie CHUV, 1011 Lausanne. Denis.Comte@chuv.ch

Abstract

Beta-lactam antibiotics allergies are common. Up to 10% of the population describe a former allergy to penicillins. However only 10 to 15% of these individuals are actually allergic. In most cases, beta-lactam antibiotics will be avoided and replaced by other antibiotics such as quinolones. This fear of a serious allergic reaction has an economic impact and may lead to the emergence of antibiotic resistance. A thorough allergic work-up can accurately determine true allergic patients. Most of the patients with a proven allergy will be able to tolerate other antibiotics belonging to the beta-lactam family. This article focuses on the management of beta-lactam allergic patients.

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