The Drug Allergy Program at Cincinnati Children’s diagnoses and treats drug allergies in children in the Greater Cincinnati area and in patients referred nationally. The program’s core clinical members are from the Division of Allergy and Immunology and led by Associate Professor, Kimberly A. Risma, MD, PhD

Any time a person takes a medicine, they can have a reaction. This can happen when taking a medicine by mouth or when getting a medicine through a shot or an IV. Sometimes the reaction is a side effect of the illness or medicine, and sometimes it can be an allergic reaction. Penicillin is a common antibiotic that is used to treat respiratory infections and strep throat. Many people may have had a rash when taking penicillin but are not allergic when tested (learn more about our Penicillin Allergy Testing Services).

Some people may have a severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis, after receiving medications during surgery, for severe infections, treating cancer or inflammatory disorders. Evaluating allergic reactions to medicines may involve both an outpatient clinic visit and an admission to the hospital for careful monitoring by the Allergy / Immunology Consultation service.