Allergic Diseases

Archive for August, 2007

What are the indications for skin testing for penicillin allergy?

Sunday, August 26th, 2007

Skin testing for penicillin allergy is indicated in patients with a possible or definite past history consistent with immediate hypersensitivity to penicillin and in whom penicillin therapy is indicated and effective alternative antibiotic therapy is not available. Penicillin sensitization occurs by the haptenation mechanism and may involve a number of structural components (or “determinants”) of […]

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


What is the difference between a drug allergy, drug intolerance, and an idiosyncratic drug reaction?

Friday, August 24th, 2007

All three are types of adverse drug reactions. A true drug allergy is an immunologically mediated adverse reaction to a drug. It can occur with very small doses of the offending agents and accounts for only 5-6% of all adverse drug reactions. Drug intolerance, which also can occur with very small doses, is the result […]

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


What is the treatment for food Allergy

Friday, August 24th, 2007

The treatment for food allergy is avoidance. Treatment with antiallergic medications, such as antihistamines or oral cromolyn, cannot be expected to decrease the risk of life threatening reactions. Anaphylaxis caused by food ingestion should be treated like any other anaphylactic reactions, except that nasogastric (NG) tube placement and lavage may be useful to remove residual […]

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


How is food allergy diagnosed?

Monday, August 20th, 2007

A careful history and physical examination should be performed to rule out other potential causes of adverse reactions to food. In an allergic reaction, symptoms should occur following each ingestion of the specific food. This and the resolution of symptoms with elimination of the food from the diet support a diagnosis of food allergy. The […]

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


Food Allergies

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Food allergies are among the most dangerous types of allergies out there. It is the result of the immune system not reacting properly to certain foods, or certain ingredients in foods. The most common food allergies are nuts, milk, and eggs. Some people just feel ill when they consume something they are allergic to. Others […]

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


Skin Allergies

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Skin allergies are the result of many different factors. It may be a pet, a particular food, or a reaction to medications. Skin allergies can be embarrassing as well as itchy and painful. While they can’t be eliminated, they can be treated. There are several types of skin allergies. Dermatitis is the inflammation of skin. […]

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


Dog Allergies

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Allergies affect millions of people each year. An allergy to pet dander is one of the most common types. They can cause you to feel very uncomfortable. Symptoms include watery eyes, dry mouth, and itchy skin. More severe symptoms include hives, asthma attacks, and difficulty breathing.  Ironically, a person can have a dog for a […]

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


Cat Allergies

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Cats are one of the most beloved pets in the world. For some who enjoy the company of a cat, the allergic reaction they get from them is too much to handle. They symptoms of such allergies include itchy skin, red and dry eyes, nasal congestion, sneezing, and difficulty breathing. However, if your allergies didn’t […]

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


Allergies

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Allergies are the inflammations that result from the sensitivity to certain objects, called allergens. The inflammations occur when the immune system reacts to that particular object. People all over the world suffer from allergies. There are many types of allergies. The most common are seasonal allergies that are the result of certain trees, plants, or […]

Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »