Macrolide allergy

The majority of cases reported are non immediate reactions eg maculopapular rash, urticaria. The incidence of anaphylactic reactions is extremely low.

Less than 15% of those suspected of having macrolide allergy are finally confirmed as allergic, mainly by direct provocation testing.

Cross-reactivity between the different macrolides is variable and little information is available.

Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology 14(4), August 2014, p 278–285. DOI: 10.1097/ACI.0000000000000069

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