Drug Hypersensitivity and Drug Allergy

Tom, a 25-year-old man, developed generalized hives and swelling of the lips one hour after taking penicillin, and Mary, a 35-year-old woman, developed a diffuse, itchy skin rash on her trunk and extremities one week after taking Naprosyn. Allergic drug responses,...

Side Effects or Adverse Drug Reactions

A 42-years-old female with a long history of asthma and chronic rhinosinusitis experienced frequent asthma attacks after taking NSAIDs for her knee pain.  She wondered “am I allergic to arthritis medication?” Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) are a broad term referring to...

THE DANGER BEHIND STINGING INSECT ALLERGY

Up to 5% of people in the United States are affected by stinging insect allergies.  In Florida, the majority of stinging insects are bees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets and the unforgettable fire ant, which can all pack a big punch.  Typically, wasps build honeycomb...

TICK MEAT ALLERGY

Nancy, a 45 year old park ranger, developed generalized hives, dizziness, and difficulty to breathing four hours after she ate beef.  She recalled being bit by ticks frequently since she works at a national park. 90% of food allergies are from peanuts, tree nuts,...

NON-CELIAC GLUTEN SENSITIVITY

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) applies to those individuals who cannot tolerate gluten and experience symptoms similar to those of celiac disease.  However, NCGS patients lack the same antibodies and intestinal damage as those with celiac disease.  NCGS not only...

EOSINOPHILIC ESOPHAGITIS AND FOOD ALLERGY

Eosinophils, a type of white blood cell, are an important part of the immune system.  A high number of eosinophils in the blood are commonly seen in eosiniophilic esophagitis (EoE) and varying other conditions, such as parasite infection, food, drug allergy and asthma...

POSTPONING ALLERGY CONDITIONS IN NEWBORNS

Mary, a 28-year old school teacher with a long-term history of hay fever and atopic dermatitis is currently eight months pregnant.  Her husband has also suffered from asthma since childhood.  These parents are wondering if there is any way to delay or even prevent...

SEAFOOD ALLERGY

Seafood allergy generally develops in late childhood and is usually long.  Raw fish tends to be more allergenic than cooked fish.  Occasionally, cooking with intense heat can partially or completely destroy the triggering allergen.  This may explain why some patients...
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