Penicillin is a type of antibiotic used to treat many different infections, usually of the bacterial kind. It can be prescribed by your doctor or may be administered in the hospital. This type of antibiotic is used worldwide so if you have a travel accident whilst abroad and become ill you may be given penicillin. What happens if you have an allergic reaction to it?
How do I know if I am having an allergic reaction to Penicillin and it isn’t just my travel injury?
There are many different symptoms of an allergic reaction and it will vary between different people depending on the dosage and the type of travel injury. However, some of the more common symptoms includes swelling, temperature, rash and even difficulty breathing. There are many more symptoms and you should always read the leaflet that comes with the antibiotics to treat your travel injury to make yourself aware of what could be an allergic reaction.
What should I do if I suffer an allergic reaction?
The main thing you need to do, immediately, is to seek medical help as allergic reactions can get progressively worse even if the original travel injury was minor. However, if you already know of the allergy and have taken penicillin without knowing then you may already have an epi pen which is used to alleviate allergic reactions.
If this is the case inject yourself straight away to reduce the symptoms. If in doubt always seek professional advice.
Allergic reactions can happen anywhere and any time after taking penicillin and it can be especially bad if you are in a foreign country where they may not speak English. If you have had a travel accident such as an allergic reaction within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.
Accident Advice Helpline specialises in accident claims such as travel injury compensation. With years of experience our team of lawyers will make the claims process as simple and stress free as possible. In fact many clients are able to settle their travel injury claim without stepping foot in court.
Speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 (24-hour free phone) today to find out more about making a travel accident injury claim.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice