I had an allergic reaction to Azithromycin a couple of weeks ago, but because it was the weekend I thought I would ring the NHS Direct first just to make sure it was a reaction to the drug. Symptoms were mild, i.e really bad itching all over, but it wouldn't go away even after you scratched it, and swollen eye lids. The NHS DIrect team got a nurse to ring me back, then she wasn't so sure, so she got a doctor to ring me back. The doctor confirmed it was a mild reaction but to stop taking the antibiiotics until I can ring my GP on Monday. She told me to take Piriton and not Cetirizine as piriton is faster working. Anyway after sorting all that out, the doctor asked me what I was taking Azithromycin for. I told her my hospital consultant had just changed my ab from ciprofloxacin to Azith as I have Bronchiectasis. She then apologized to me as if it was a death sentence and I am on my last legs.
"Oh, I am sorry"
Why would she do that unless she knows something more I don't about Bronchiectasis?
Little bit worried now, as I am only 41 and don't want to die just yet!!