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ALLERGY QUESTIONNAIRE HELPS DETERMINE TRUE PENICILLIN ALLERGY IN CHILDREN

FCAAIA Notes: Up to 95% of people who are labelled allergic to penicillin (amoxicillin, etc.) are not allergic.  Some never were; either they had something happen that was while taking the antibiotic but was unrelated to it, others avoid it … Continue reading

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AZITHROMYCIN FOR ACUTE EXACERBATIONS OF ASTHMA: THE AZALEA RCT

FCAAIA Notes: This is yet another study showing that the use of antibiotics without proof or high suspicion of a bacterial infection is unwarranted.  I could go even farther and say it is inappropriate, as overuse of antibiotics increases resistance … Continue reading

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HOW MANY OF THE ANTIBIOTICS PRESCRIBED IN THE U.S. ARE ACTUALLY NECESSARY?

FCAAIA Notes: I think EVERY doctor (myself included) is guilty from time to time of prescribing antibiotics when they are not necessary. This study shows that about 1/3 of those prescriptions are unnecessary. Frequently, it is best to let new-onset … Continue reading

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EARLY ANTIBIOTIC EXPOSURE DOES NOT CAUSE CHILDHOOD ASTHMA, STUDY SUGGESTS

FCAAIA Notes: There have been numerous studies trying to identify early life risk factors for developing asthma and allergies.  The problem with all these studies is that they are retrospective; that is, they look at people with and without the … Continue reading

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