Penicillin Allergy or Chronic Hives?

By Allergy News
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Feb 5th, 2016

Untitled design(7)The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology or ACAAI has recently published an article talking about the correlation of penicillin allergy and chronic hives. Since allergies are inevitable in a person’s life, it may lead to other diseases or illnesses.

This article was published on their website:

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (February 3, 2016) – People who have self-reported penicillin allergy may have a three times greater chance of suffering from chronic hives. And people who have chronic hives tend to self-report penicillin allergy at a three times greater rate than the general population. Coincidence? Authors of a new study think not.

The study, in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), examined medical records of 11,143 patients seen at the University of Pennsylvania Health System Allergy-Immunology Clinic. Of those, 220 were identified as having both self-reported penicillin allergy and chronic urticaria (hives).

“We wanted to know if there was a correlation between self-reported penicillin allergy and chronic urticaria,” said lead author and allergist Susanna Silverman, MD, ACAAI member. “We found higher than expected incidence compared to the general population, and we wondered if some patients who believed they had penicillin allergy might actually have chronic urticaria.” Chronic urticaria is defined as hives – with or without swelling – that are present either continuously, or off and on, for longer than six weeks.

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