Allergic Diseases

Archive for October, 2007

Question: Does pimecrolimus cream 1%, effective and safe in patients with Atopic Dermatitis?

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Answer: Pimecrolimus cream 1% is effective in patients with head and neck dermatitis intolerant of, or dependent on, TCS. Reversion of skin atrophy may occur during TCS-free intervals. There is a need for alternative treatments for atopic dermatitis (AD) of the face and neck as long-term use of topical corticosteroids (TCS) is associated with skin […]

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Question: Does early Supplementation of Prebiotic Oligosaccharides Protects Formula-Fed Infants against Infections during the First 6 Months of Life?

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Answer: Oligosaccharide prebiotics reduced the number of infectious episodes and the incidence of recurring, particularly respiratory, infections during the first 6 mo of life. Although the exact mechanism of action is under investigation, it is very likely that the immune modulating effect of this prebiotic mixture through intestinal flora modification is the principal mechanism for […]

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Question: Does grass allergen tablet immunotherapy (Grazax) relieves individual seasonal eye and nasal symptoms, including nasal blockage?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Answer: Grazax has effects on multiple allergic symptoms, including nasal blockage, and is an effective treatment of rhinoconjunctivitis, thereby reducing the need for topical anti-allergic drugs. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis have a considerable impact on the quality of life of the sufferer. Sneezing, runny nose, blocked nose and headache are some of the most common […]

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Question: Is short course corticosteroids (oral, intramuscular, or intravenous) beneficial for preventing relapse after an acute exacerbation of asthma?

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Answer: A short course of corticosteroids following assessment for an asthma exacerbation significantly reduces the number of relapses to additional care, hospitalizations and use of short-acting beta(2)-agonist without an apparent increase in side effects. Intramuscular and oral corticosteroids are both effective. Acute asthma is responsible for many emergency department (ED) visits annually. Between 12 to […]

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Question: Is swimming beneficial in patient with mild persistent asthma?

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Answer: Engagement of patients with mild persistent asthma in recreational swimming in nonchlorinated pools, combined with regular medical treatment and education, leads to better improvement of their parameters of lung function and also to more significant decrease of their airway hyperresponsiveness compared to patients treated with traditional medicine. Study was done to analyzed the effect […]

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Question: Is acupuncture effective and safe in patient with persistent allergic rhinitis?

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Answer: Findings suggest that acupuncture is effective in the symptomatic treatment of persistent allergic rhinitis.Expert investigated the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in persistent allergic rhinitis (PAR). They did a randomised, single-blind, sham-controlled trial conducted from May 2004 to February 2005. 80 patients with PAR (age, 16-70 years) were randomly assigned to receive real or […]

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Question: A 20 year-old patient presents with hypotension, wheezing, and urticaria 30 minutes after a bee sting. What is the appropriate treatment?

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Answer: This patient’s presentation is that of systemic anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is an immediate hypersensitivity reaction caused by mast cell/basophil release of multiple potent mediators, including histamine, prostaglandins, and leukotrienes, into tissues and the circulation. Prompt treatment is critical, and therapy should be directed toward maintaining cardiovascular and pulmonary function. Initial treatment should be administration of […]

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