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Antibiotics (cont.)

Antibiotic Allergy

Some people are allergic to certain types of antibiotics, most commonly penicillin. If you have a question about a potential allergy, ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking the medicine.

Allergic reactions commonly have the following symptoms:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Swelling of the lips, face, or tongue
  • Fainting
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/11/2014
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