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Tip of The Week- Understanding Allergies

Allergies are reactions of the immune system to certain things that does not bother most other people. Common allergens include pollen, dust mites, mold spores, certain types of food, insect stings and medications.

Allergies can cause a runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling or asthma. Symptoms vary. Although allergies can make you feel bad, they usually won’t kill you. However, a severe reaction called anaphylaxis is life-threatening.

There are tests that can be done to determine if a person is hypersensitive to a a substance. Types of tests are in vivo or skin/scratch test, in vitro or the measurement of specific IgE antibodies, and provocation testing where an allergen is introduced one at a time and the subject is observed for presence of reactions.

Though allergic reactions can resolve on its own, the symptoms that it produces may be rather discomforting. Medications that can be given to resolve hypersensitivity include Corticosteroids, Antihistamines, Decongestants, and other medications that work by blocking symptom-causing chemicals released during an allergic reaction such as Montelukast, Cromolyn Sodium and Mast cell stabilizers.

Immunotherapy or allergy shots can also be done to desensitize the patient to decrease or eliminate the need for medications. For patients with severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis, epinephrine shots may be given.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Allergy Tests

NIH Medline on Allergy

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  4. rnproducer says:

    I know this comment in came in late, its only now that I got the chance to listen to the whole episode. I was just wondering if the Skin testing or Sensitivity testing isn’t done in the US? From where I come from, it is a protocol in every institution for nurses to perform a skin test for an IV antibiotic before administration of the first dose. Only after a negative skin test would we be allowed to push through with giving the meds and if the patient had a reaction to the skin test, we would refer to the prescribing physician so he could come up with an alternative which will hopefully work for the patient. I’m not sure if this is also done in the United States but I wanna know coz it wasn’t mentioned in the episode. Thanks!

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