Allergic to Penicillin

Posted On: 2011-11-30

When we got home from attending three different family gatherings on Thanksgiving, I removed my son's clothes and I began crying immediately... he had a rash all over his arms and legs starting at his elbows and knees and spreading out. In addition I noticed he had several bumps on his head, one of which he had at the first family event and was mistaken for him hitting his head on something. That was our first clue that something was wrong but it just looked like he ran into something.

I suspected his rash was hives and this was an allergic reaction to something so I called the on call nurse at Children's hospital and was told I should get some benedryl and to give it to him as soon as possible and not to give him anymore of his antibiotic. She mentioned that he needed to not be on any form of medication within 6 hours of going to the doctor the next day. After calling many places to see if they were open I left the house at 11:30pm to get benedryl from the local 24 hour pharmacy which was 20 minutes away. There I was out with all the Black Friday shoppers. When I got home I woke my son up to give him the benedryl and went to bed myself.

In the morning he was so much worse. I waited until his pediatrician office was open and thankfully there was an appointment available at 9:15am. At first sight, his pediatrician confirmed he is allergic to penicillin and to discontinue antibiotics because his ear infection was gone. He had been on the antibiotics 7 full days before the hives began. The treatment we left with is 5ml of benedryl every 6 hours as needed.

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