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Clinical presentations of allergic diseases, respiratory infections, and autoimmune conditions have similar features. Allergy and immunologic testing can help clarify the diagnosis and guide treatment. Find out which type of allergy test should be used in patients with suspected inhalant, dermatologic, food, insect, and drug allergies.
To outline quality improvement opportunities for the treatment of seasonal allergic rhinitis, the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters, consisting of experts from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), c...
The combination approach of steroids and antihista-mines offers no added benefit to antihistamines alone for the treatment of simple urticaria.
Jul 15, 2017 Issue
Peanut Allergy Prevention: Guidelines from the NIAID [Practice Guidelines]
The NIAID has provided addendum guidelines, which include recommendations based on new evidence for peanut allergy prevention.
Sep 1, 2016 Issue
Second-Generation H1-Antihistamines for Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria [Cochrane for Clinicians]
There is good evidence that second-generation H1-antihistamines are helpful in the short- and intermediate-term suppression of urticaria. Cetirizine (Zyrtec) in a dosage of 10 mg daily is effective at completely suppressing symptoms of chronic spontaneous urticaria (number needed to treat [NNT] = 4).
This consensus communication focuses on new data that support introducing peanuts early in infants, and it aims to assist with decisions about introduction; it can be used for guidance while formal guidelines are being developed.
Timothy grass pollen allergen extract produces small improvements in allergic rhinitis symptoms and the use of allergy relief medications, with a high rate of adverse effects. It may, however, be an option for patients who desire an alternative to standard allergy symptom relief but who do not want to begin injectable desensitization treatment.
Allergic rhinitis can affect quality of life and productivity, and can exacerbate other conditions such as asthma. Optimal treatment includes allergen avoidance and pharmacotherapy. Learn the treatment options based on severity of symptoms and responsiveness to initial therapies.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation has released a clinical practice guideline for the purpose of optimizing patient care, promoting effective diagnosis and therapy, and reducing harmful or unnecessary interventions in adults and children with allergic rhinitis.
Sep 15, 2015 Issue
Atopic Eczema and Early Introduction of Solid Foods [FPIN's Clinical Inquiries]
In most children, solid foods may be introduced before four to six months of age without increasing the risk of atopic eczema.