New AAP Report: Don't Rely on Blood Tests to Determine Pediatric Allergies. Allergies are the most frequently reported chronic condition in children, limiting activities for more than 40% of them and are the third most common chronic disease for children younger than 18 years old. However, a new clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges clinicians
Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Anaphylaxis: Insights for the Primary Care Practitioner. Anaphylaxis is a severe, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction that results in an estimated 30,000 emergency department visits annually. Although clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis exist, several studies suggest that anaphylaxis is often underdiagnosed. Primary care clinicians play an important role in the diagnosis of anaphylaxis, as they have long-term access to patients who may be at risk for anaphylaxis.
Food Allergies Are More Common Than You Think! The topic of food allergy—and especially peanut allergy—is guaranteed to generate controversy. Schools, airplanes, and baseball stadiums have all established peanut-free zones. Is all this really necessary, or an overreaction? Are food allergies really that common among children?
Improving the Diagnosis and Treatment of Anaphylaxis: Updated Clinical Guidelines. Anaphylaxis is an acute, life-threatening systemic reaction that can occur by either immunologic or nonimmunologic mechanisms. The clinical manifestations of anaphylaxis, and their severity, result from the sudden release of mediators from mast cells and basophils.
New Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy. An expert panel sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, has issued comprehensive U.S. guidelines to help you diagnose food allergy and manage the care of patients with food allergy.