Multiple studies have shown that only 10-20 percent of adults who think they are allergic to penicillin truly have an allergy. As a result, instead of being treated with penicillin, they usually end up being prescribed a broad-spectrum antibiotic that’s more expensive, may have more side effects, and be less effective. Our office offers standardized skin testing to penicillin, drug challenges, and drug desensitization when a drug challenge is not an option. Even patients with history of aspirin sensitivity may be able to benefit from the anti-inflammatory and cardio protective effects of this medication after a thorough evaluation and controlled desensitization protocol. Dr. Simpson, a Board Certified Allergist, will customize an individualized treatment plan based on the history of reaction, how long ago the reaction occurred, and the need for the medication at the present time.