The ENT and Allergy Center can provide skin testing and oral challenges for patients with a penicillin allergy. Many patients spend long periods of time labeled with the stigma of penicillin allergy, which can complicate the treatment of bacterial infections, increase surgical costs and potentially promote antibiotic resistance. Correctly identifying those who are not actually penicillin-allergic and removing the stigma of penicillin allergy has many benefits for the patient.
If you would like to undergo evaluation for penicillin allergy testing, the first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our allergy providers. This will help determine if you are an appropriate candidate to undergo skin and oral challenge testing.
Skin tests take about an hour and catch the majority of patients who are allergic to penicillin. If skin tests are negative, a two-hour oral challenge is given. Before you leave our office, we will ensure you can safely take penicillin and amoxicillin. Both you and your doctor will be given a copy of the test results at the end of your appointment.