Antibiotic allergy testing anxiety
Hello all! I was wanting to try and get some information and chat with people who have had antibiotic testing done. I am very nervous and dreading my testing in two weeks.
I have an anaphylactic reaction to two antibiotics and severe side effect type reaction to 4 more antibiotics. I know they will not be testing me for the two I have an anaphylactic reaction, but I am very worried that they will test me with new antibiotics or ones where I just have severe side effects. Either way, now that I have had two anaphylactic reactions, I am more likely to have another occur. I get so wiped out from it and it takes me at least two weeks just to recover 80%. It has been a month since my last reaction and I STILL have a swollen tongue with sores on the sides. I really don't wish to have that happen again. It just causes so much fear and anxiety in me when these reactions occur.
The only information I have so far is they will have me come in for 8 hours, take a small amount orally, then watch and wait. Then have me take more if I don't react. Here's my problem. I have a delayed reaction. My last reaction was from Omnnicef with a half life of 2 hours. I reacted the entire time I took it but didn't have the anaphylactic reaction until 2 days from when I stopped taking the drug. That is how delayed it is. Yet some I have an almost instant reaction, such as Bactrim, which caused me to react after the first dose. My fear is what if I react when the office is closed? I'll end up in the ER and the dr I will be working with will have no clue what kind or how severe my reaction was. Been there already, but I have a new doctor.
I really just want to hear from others what your experience with antibiotic testing was like. I am hoping to gain more information than, "You come in for 8 hours and take the drug orally" and I am hoping to calm my fears of the dreaded day.