Venom immunotherapy (VIT) is a treatment with established efficacy for the prevention of repeated anaphylactic reactions in patients with Hymenoptera allergy, which also allows patients to discontinue carrying an EpiPen. Despite their merits, both treatments can have...read more
The term 'anaphylaxis' was coined by Richet and Portier over 100 years ago while investigating the rapid onset of extreme respiratory distress, vomiting and diarrhoea, and cardiovascular collapse in dogs injected with repeated sublethal doses of a toxin from...read more
Traditionally, physicians are trained to diagnose and treat anaphylaxis as an acute emergency in a health care setting. In addition to this crucial and time-honored role, we should be cognizant of our wider responsibility to (1) provide a risk assessment for...read more
Asthma is an inflammatory disease and current best management aims to reduce the inflammation already present and curtail exposure to pro-inflammatory agents. Some examples include the use of corticosteroids and antileukotrienes, avoiding cats and reducing exposure to...read more
What is an Allergist?
An allergist/immunologist is a physician specially trained to manage and treat allergies and asthma. Becoming an allergist/immunologist requires completion of at least nine years of training. After completing medical school and graduating with a medical degree, a physician will then undergo three years of training in internal medicine (to become an internist) or pediatrics (to become a pediatrician).
Pillow Encasings Covers for Allergies
You might think dust mites take up only a little room in your bed. In fact, within 10 years, dead dust mites and their waste can double the weight of your mattress.