ASCIA Penicillin Allergy Guide for health professionals

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  • In severe penicillin allergy (e.g. anaphylaxis, bronchospasm, urticaria, angioedema), avoid ALL penicillins, cephalosporins and other beta-lactam antibiotics
  • In non-severe penicillin allergy (e.g. mild rash) use cephalosporins and carbapenems with caution
  • Some reactions (e.g. nausea) are not considered allergies and do not warrant prohibiting penicillin use

ASCIA Penicillin Allergy Guide for HPs

  • Record allergy alert in the patient health record allergy section
  • Record details of allergy incident including drug name, description of reaction, severity, date, and name of the person making the report
  • In hospitals contact ward pharmacist, infectious diseases or immunology consultant for any concerns/queries
  • Immunology consultation for formal testing and/or desensitisation may be indicated

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Adapted by ASCIA with permission from Pharmacy Department, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide SA
Endorsed by SA Expert Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, Immunology Departments - RAH, WCH and SA Pathology
Acknowledgement: Counties Manukau District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand

Content updated November 2016

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