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I've been asked a multitude of questions about drug allergies over the past 20 years. Most people do not get through life without having a side effect from a prescription drug or over the counter (OTC) medication. Adverse drug reactions occur when a medication causes a symptom or abnormal body function that is unintentional and potentially harmful. There are many types of adverse drug reactions but they are often classified as either allergic or non-allergic.
Allergic reactions to drugs are the result of the immune system responding to the medication as if it were a foreign invader (or germ). Symptoms and signs of drug allergy include: itching, rash, swelling, hives, wheezing, dizziness, fainting and fever or anaphylaxis (life threatening allergic reaction). But these are not the only possible signs/symptoms of allergic drug reactions. Some people may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Unfortunately many of the above signs/symptoms may also occur in...
The beginning of summer kicks off the camping and hiking season, anxiously awaited by those who have endured a long cold winter. This year will likely prove to be one of the busier camping seasons as many Americans bypass more expensive vacations that involve pricey airline tickets or gas guzzling road trips. Emergency department staff will probably see a greater number of people with contact dermatitis caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. Many people have never seen poison ivy , or perhaps wouldn't recognize it if they saw it. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac belong to the plant genus Toxicodendron (previously referred to as Rhus ). Toxicodendron means "poisonous tree." These plants have an oil-based substance in the resin on their leaves and in their stems and branches called urushiol that causes a delayed skin reaction in about 50% of people that contact it. Urushiol may cause severe contact dermatitis in people that have previousl...
This is Part Three of a 3-Part series on Modified Foods for Food Allergies.
Part One is about genetically modified peanuts.
Part Two is about fermenting soy to reduce allergens.
According to the FDA: The most allergic foods in the U.S. (i.e. the foods that cause 90% of all allergic reactions) are:
Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts)
Fish (such as bass, cod, flounder)
Shellfish (such as crab, lobster, shrimp)
This list also represents the foods most likely to cause a severe or life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis .
Three of these are in the crosshairs of geneticists worldwide: peanuts, soy and now, the egg.
It's been recently reported that chemists in Germany and Switzerland are looking to reduce the allergenicity of the egg . Infants and children make up the largest percentage of those with adverse reactions to eggs. Eggs are also used as the basis for many necessary vaccines. A less alle...
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