Asked Apr 5, 2019

What are some of the disadvantages of using natural penicillin for treatment of infections?


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Step 1

Antibiotics are antimicrobial substances that control or inhibit the growth of microorganisms, particularly the bacteria. Penicillin is one of the first antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections and due to its extensive usage several bacteria have developed resistance for it.

Penicillin usage can have side effects depending on the patient involved. Some patients may show adverse reactions and some may not show any kind of reaction. Approximately 10% of the world population is allergic to penicillin.

Step 2

The following are some of the common the disadvantage of using natural penicillin for treatment of infections:

  • Diarrhea
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Nausea
  • Urticaria
  • Skin rashes
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Dermtitis
  • Erythema
  • Seizures
  • Angioedema
  • Type III hypersensitivity
  • Pain and inflammation


All the side effects may not be manifested in the same patients. The patient may show a ...

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