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Penicillin Allergy Surprises UK Mayor

Penicillin Allergy VictimThe mayor of the UK town of Ringwood, Brian Terry, had an unfortunate surprise during a recent surgical procedure according to the Daily Echo. Medical attendants gave Terry penicillin even though he is allergic to it – Terry says he never told them about it thinking that doctor’s notes would suffice.

Terry was given the antibiotics prior to an examination for prostate cancer which occurred on a Monday. He didn’t think to ask what it was that he was taking – ciprofloxacin and penicillin-based augmentin.

According to the National Institute of Health, penicillin allergies can be detected through what is termed a simple “skin test”.

By the Friday after the exam, Terry learned he was clear of cancer but the penicillin allergy‘s effects had begun to set in.

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