Evaluation of antibiotic allergy: The role of skin tests and drug challenges

Roland Solensky, David A. Khan

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Antibiotic allergies are frequently reported in both adult and pediatric populations. While a detailed drug history is essential in the evaluation of antibiotic allergy, the history is typically insufficient to determine the presence of a drug allergy. The most readily available diagnostic testing for evaluating antibiotic allergies are drug skin testing and drug challenges. This review will focus on updates in the evaluation of antibiotic allergy utilizing immediate skin tests, delayed intradermal testing, drug patch tests, and drug challenges for both adults and children with histories of antibiotic allergies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number459
JournalCurrent Allergy and Asthma Reports
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • Antibiotic allergy
  • Drug challenge
  • Drug patch tests
  • Drug skin tests
  • Pediatric
  • Penicillin allergy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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