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Specialized medical practice dealing with unique allergic or immunologic diseases.
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Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from allergic diseases.
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Drug Allergy

The Bernstein Allergy Group specializes in evaluation of drug allergy and is one of the few practices in the tri state to offer complete penicillin skin testing to patients who require testing.

Penicillin allergy

Allergy reactions can occur with just about any drug. Penicillin antibiotics and penicillin like drugs represent the most common causes of drug allergies. Allergic Drug Reactions to penicillin can range from mild rashes or hives to life threatening allergic reactions, otherwise referred to as anaphylaxis. Penicillin and penicillin like drugs are the most common causes of life threatening anaphylaxis. For this reason, persons who have had a history of any allergic reaction to penicillin are instructed by their physicians not to take penicillin again for fear they could experience a life threatening allergic drug reaction. We have learned, however, that most people who have experienced allergic reaction to penicillin in the past will lose their allergy over 10-20 years. If patients with a history of allergy to penicillin require penicillin treatment for an infection, penicillin skin testing can be performed to determine if allergy is still present or not. A negative skin test to penicillin would indicate that a patient can receive penicillin, despite a previous allergic reaction in the past. A positive skin tests indicates active allergy and that penicillin should continue to be avoided.

Other Drug Allergies:

Just about any drug can cause an allergic reaction. In addition to penicillin, some of the drugs which commonly cause allergy are sulfa antibiotic drugs (Bactrim, for example), the seizure drugs (dilantin, for example), as well as anticancer treatments. Unlike penicillin, there are no specific tests for most of these drugs. In general, doctors will advise patients to avoid a drug to which they have experienced an allergic reaction. This is very good advice for most drugs that have caused serious reactions in the past. There are certain situations when a drug can be given safely in a patient who has experienced a previous drug reaction:

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Telemedicine appointments are for existing patients only and will cost either $100 or $140 per visit depending on the complexity of your health issue. The appropriate charge will be determined by the treating physician at the time of your visit.

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Bernstein Clinical Research Center, LLC

The Bernstein Clinical Research Center has been conducting clinical research studies since 1969. Our Center has conducted over 700 clinical trials in adult and pediatric patients and we have contributed to the development of new therapies for asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema, hives, other skin conditions and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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