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Re: Allergic to Penicillium Roquefortii?

Date: Tue Jan 12 16:16:28 1999
Posted By: Michael Martin-Smith, Other (pls. specify below), Family Physician, Fellow,BIS, amateur astronomer( BAA), British Interplanetary Society
Area of science: Medicine
ID: 913134561.Me

"Penicillin allergy usually consists of a rash and some joint pains 
when taken orally; the dangerous anaphylactic shock/renal failure 
variant occurs with injected penicillin rather than oral doses. 
 The amount of penicillin likely to be ingested from Roquefort cheese is 
very small, and oral, so that, although an allergic reaction is possible 
it would be highly unlikely to be serious
 Moreover, many people labelled as allergic to penicillin in childhood 
are not truly so; many childhood illnesses are minor, but themeselves 
produce rashes which are attributed to oral penicillin therapy. 
 A consultation, perhaps for allergy testing, with a dermatologist or 
allergy specialist could be worthwhile"
 Michael Martin-Smith

Michael Martin-Smith

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