Reference and/or Research Questions for Other People
Things that came up over the course of the last two days, and questions for which I do not know the answers:
1) I’m allergic to “penicillin.” I was given it once as and infant and my mother was instructed that I was not to get penicillin ever again. I do not know which penicillin was administered, only that it would have been around the late 70s. Question: if a person is allergic to one of the penicillins, are they generally allergic to all of them? All beta-lactam antibiotics?
2) I’m 1/4 Korean and afflicted with Asian flush. I also have a bad reaction to aspartame (I’ve mentioned both of these here before). My mom, 1/2 Korean, is similarly affected by aspartame and alcohol. Question: are the two related? Is there some breakdown product of aspartame metabolism that triggers the adverse effects of flushing/warmth, headache, and GI cramping particularly in those of us with the genetic difference that causes Asian flush?