Allergy & Immunology Information Center Feature Archive
Allergic rhinitis is the twelfth most common diagnosis made at family physician visits.
Corticosteroids may relieve symptoms of allergic rhinitis, but are not always appropriate.
Timing of a recent administration of the meningococcal vaccination cannot be ignored.
A clinician questions wonders if there is a connection between cardiac arrhythmia and the flu vaccine.
A clinician expresses concerns about potentially misleading flu vaccination information for pregnant women.
By presenting research on the safety and efficacy of the flu vaccine, clinicians can successfully promote vaccination to patients in their care.
Vaccinations cannot be equated to antibiotics.
While having a celebrity spokesperson can benefit a cause, they may also end up spreading misinformation about a particular cause.
Herpes zoster, more commonly known as shingles, may occur in anyone previously infected with chicken pox, but is most common in adults 60 years and older due to an age-related decline in immunity.
Human papillomavirus vaccination not linked to increase in sexually transmitted infections in adolescent females
The HPV vaccination is not associated with an increase in sexually transmitted infections in adolescent females, study results suggest. The vaccine is recommended for all children 11 to 12 years old.
A 38-year-old man presents to an otolaryngology clinic with itchy eyes, periorbital swelling, and an itchy red rash on his face and arms.
Whole cell pertussis vaccines are more effective than newer, acellular versions.
Review the basics on measles, including risk factors, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.
To reduce the discomfort or pain of vaccinations, apply firm, but comfortable, pressure on the intended site for 30 seconds.
A gluten-free diet alleviated a patient's fatigue, brain fog, bloating, and constipation.
The current infectious-disease focus is on ebola and enterovirus D68, but an old foe, rubella, is once again demanding attention.
The Clinical Advisor asked Dr. Tan this question: What one thing can a primary-care NP or PA do to improve the vaccine-delivery process in his/her practice?
Extensive food allergy testing revealed that a patient's difficulty swallowing was caused by foods common in her diet.
Patients at risk for HBV infection include HIV-positive individuals, injection-drug users, and household contacts of those with HBV.
A patient was diagnosed with a serum sickness-like reaction in response to antibiotics.
Do blood transfusions affect implementation of the routine immunization schedule?
As gatekeepers, primary-care clinicians are able to provide education on the recognition and treatment of potentially fatal complications.
Even though use of intranasal petroleum jelly is common, it is not recommended.
Administration route depends on the pharmacokinetic properties of the medication.
Cow's milk protein allergy is relatively common during the first year of life. Unfortunately, the condition is easily missed or mislabeled.
Up-to-date CDC recommendations for vaccines for adults with specific medical conditions.
Up-to-date CDC recommendations for patients aged 4 months through 18 years who start late or are more than one month behind on immunizations.
Up-to-date information from the CDC on contraindications and precautions for adult vaccines.
Current CDC immunization schedule and footnotes for vaccinating adults.
Current CDC immunization schedule and footnotes for vaccinating children aged 0 through 18 years.
What options exist for treating seasonal allergies in patients that cannot afford recommended nasal steroids and eyedrops?
In response to a federal initiative, a school clinician immunizes a child—but without parental consent.
Often at increased risk for disease transmission, many teens and preteens do not receive the recommended immunizations in a timely manner.
To reduce the mortality and incidence of this disease, clinicians must be aware of the most recent vaccination and screening guidelines.
Would it be beneficial to give suprapharmacologic doses of vitamin D3 in cases of severe psoriasis?
The ability to differentiate between the allergic and nonallergic form of these conditions is crucial when determining treatment.
Dizziness, photophobia, nausea and an unsteady gait develop following a routine annual check up.
A 12-hour nasal decongestant spray can help provide relief for kids with eustachian tube dysfunction.
Is it common to see renal failure triggered by high doses of topical acyclovir?
An approach involving primary-care clinicians, and specialists — including allergists, gastroenterologists, nutritionists and counselors — is crucial.
What is the best choice for cardioprotection in a woman aged 75 years with episodic symptomatic angina, MI one year earlier and a sensitivity to nitroglycerin patches and spray?
An elderly patient presented with an acute reaction of shingles. How soon after treatment is it advisable to administer the zoster vaccine (Zostavax)?
Parents today are more likely than ever to have questions or concerns about the safety of immunizations, and clinicians must be prepared to have effective discussions about the benefits and risks of vaccination.
Children with food allergies often face complications when they head off to school. Educating parents and working with them to create action plans for their child is an important part of creating a safe environment.
In adolescents aged 11 to 14 years, must the human papillomavirus; meningococcal (MCV4); tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap); and, if needed, varicella vaccines be given simultaneously?
Resistance has compromised the effectiveness of all ophthalmic antibiotics, but new topical treatment options are available.
Current FDA indications for tetanus, diptheria and pertussis vaccine call for only one dose between ages 11 and 64 years. What strategies or processes have been employed to communicate to the patient whether he or she has received the one-time-only tetanus shot?
Guidelines from the American Burn Association provide a reliable road map for the assessment and treatment of these challenging injuries
What vaccines and vaccination schedule are recommended for splenectomy patients?
Do I really need to worry about vials with latex tops or BP cuffs with latex bladders? Can't rash be treated symptomatically, or is escalation to anaphylaxis a major concern?
Clinicians asks advice for appropriate vaccine procedure for health care workers who received childhood vaccines, but cannot supply documentation and no longer have immunity to measles, mumps or rubella.
Knowing when to prescribe antibiotics and what kind to give is crucial. Here are some guidelines for patients with mild-to-moderate infections.
In a child with a known peanut allergy who has never eaten tree nuts, is it safe for the parents to introduce tree nuts at home? Is it more advisable to skin-test first?
What is the treatment protocol for a patient with rhus dermatitis in one eye?
Given the number of immigrants from Third World countries, why are medical providers still teaching that BCG vaccine provides lifelong protection against TB?
Should the clinicians be held responsible for failing to offer revaccination to a high-risk patient?
Hospital staff surprised by a patient's sudden change in disposition.
The CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has released its 2010 recommendations for the prevention and control of influenza.
High-dose IV corticosteroids are widely prescribed for patients admitted to the hospital with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), despite guidelines recommending oral steroids at lower doses.
After spraying each nostril, patients should turn their head upside-down for 60 seconds.
When should plasmapheresis be considered?
The swelling was nontender, nonfluctuant, and involved the whole of the submental portion of the upper thyroid.
Is there any advantage to one type of vaccine over another?
A restaurant employee's intensely itching and burning hand lesions worsened after he was assigned to work in the kitchen.
What does a woman with a history of cervical dysplasia need to know about Gardasil?
Can patients with an allergy to sulfa to take sulfonylureas?
Is it safe for a patient who underwent chemotherapy to receive the herpes zoster vaccine?
A clinician's technique is questioned when a patient's elbow becomes infected after blood work.
Most sexually active people have been exposed to the human papillomavirus, which causes genital warts and cervical cancer. Here's what you should do.
In a major public-health advance, a new vaccine has been approved to protect against four viral strains. Two experts tell the best way to use it.
Can the shingles vaccine cause lesions?
Managing the condition involves allergen avoidance, pharmacologic therapy, and immunotherapy. Here is guidance on each of these steps.
Are we more or less likely to get shingles?
Can a patient with active herpes zoster recieve the flu vaccine?