Author: Kelly Flett

Antibiotic allergies: What you should know

Young boy takes a dose of antibiotics from his mom

It’s Antibiotic Awareness Week, a great time for everyone to learn more about using these medications wisely and safely. Antibiotics are the most common medications prescribed to young children — they are also the most common cause of drug reactions. These reactions can range from a simple rash to more severe conditions that require emergency treatment. The risk of reactions is one of the reasons health care providers are so careful about giving antibiotics only to patients with an infection that will be helped by them, such as a urinary tract infection, skin infection or pneumonia.

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