The Impact of Penicillin Allergy on a C. difficile Infection
November 2, 2021
Hosted by Nancy C. Caralla
Approximately 10% of all U.S. patients report having an allergic reaction to a penicillin class antibiotic in their past. 10% of the population reports a penicillin allergy but <1% of the whole population is truly allergic. People with a penicillin allergy on their medical record are not given penicillin, and may not be given any beta-lactam antibiotics because of concern that the allergy is shared across the antibiotic class. Instead, the antibiotics prescribed may be broader-spectrum. Broad-spectrum antibiotics may be as effective, but they often have more side effects and toxicities, such as increased risk of developing infections like C. diff (Clostridioides difficile, formerly called Clostridium difficile) or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Our guests Christopher M. Bland, Pharm.D., FCCP, FIDSA, BCPS, Clinical Professor, University of Georgia College of Pharmacy and Bruce M. Jones, Pharm.D., BCPS, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy will join us to discuss antibiotics, the different types, diagnostics, diagnosis, and the Impact of Penicillin Allergy on a C. difficile Infection.
C. diff. Spores and More
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“C. diff. Spores and More” is an educational program providing you with up-to-date information pertaining to C. diff. and Healthcare-Associated infections. Raising awareness through education and advocacy saves lives worldwide. Topics are of C. difficile infection (CDI) prevention, treatments, and environmental safety products along with Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) awareness and more. Our guests are topic experts discussing Antibiotic Resistance, Research and Development, Clinical trials, Nutrition Counseling, Microbiome, Mental health, C. diff. survivors, and so much more. Please join us every Tuesday at 10 AM Pacific Time on the VoiceAmerica Health and Wellness Channel.
Nancy C. Caralla
Nancy C. Caralla, a three time C. diff. survivor, healthcare professional, and now dedicated to “Raising C. diff. Awareness” worldwide. Through the experiences is why we are so passionate raising C. diff. awareness. The C Diff Foundation was brought to fruition in November 2012 with a mission to educate and advocate for C. diff. infection prevention, treatment, and environmental safety worldwide. We now join the many successful hosts and programs on VoiceAmerica to deliver life-saving information through our program; “C. diff. Spores and More.”