Journal reading

‘Cephalosporin allergy’ label is misleading

Penicillins and cephalosporins can cause a similar spectrum of allergic reactions at a similar rate.

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Cross-reactive allergy between penicillins and cephalosporins is rare, as is cross-reaction within the cephalosporin group. Patients should therefore not be labelled ‘cephalosporin-allergic’.

Carlo L Yuson, Constance H Katelaris, William B Smith Aust Prescr 2018;41:37-41




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