Allergic Immunologic Conditions

Allergic & Immunologic Conditions

Learn about allergic/immunologic conditions (drugs, vaccines, skin, anaphylaxis, insect allergy).

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It is estimated that over 60 million Americans are impacted by allergic conditions. Several theories exist as to why the prevalence of allergic conditions is increasing. It has been postulated that in addition to our genetics, decreased microbial exposure and our cleaner environment/life style may be playing a role.

Read more about the environment's impact on allergic conditions and immune function in the Allergy Learning Center:

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening, often unexpected, allergic reaction that affects many parts of the body at once.

Symptoms include hives, swelling, flushing, difficulty breathing, tongue/throat swelling, dizziness, a dangerous drop in blood pressure, nausea and cramping. Learn about the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis here.

Everyone reacts to medications differently. One person may develop a rash while taking a certain medication, while another person on the same drug may have no adverse reaction. Does that mean the person with the rash has an allergy to that drug?

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American College of Allergy Asthma & Immunology

Experts estimate that 2 million Americans are allergic to insect (hymenoptera) stings. Each year 500,000 Americans present to hospital emergency rooms with insect stings. Many of these individuals are at risk for suffering a life-threatening (anaphylactic) reaction to insect venoms.

Learn how to avoid insect stings and what one can do if they are allergic here.

It is estimated that 70-80% of the North American population experiences headaches, with 50% experiencing at least one headache per month, 15% eperiencing at least one weekly and 5% daily.

People with headaches which appear to originate in the sinuses should be evaluated by a physician. Making the right diagnosis is important because primary headache disorders such as migraine headaches require a different treatment as compared with rhinosinusitis.

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A national study by the Vaccines and Medications in Pregnancy Surveillance System (VAMPSS), a collaboration between the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and investigative teams at UC San Diego and Boston University, has found ‘reassuring’ evidence of the H1N1 influenza vaccine’s safety during pregnancy.

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Tips to avoid or reduce the symptoms of Summertime skin rash flare-ups.

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