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Friday 11, Feb 2011

  Rhinitis guidelines revised for first time in a decade

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Rhinitis guidelines revised for first time in a decadeNew guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of rhinitis emphasize the value of new medications and treatment combinations, particularly to identify drugs that are effective in symptom-provoking environments.

Dr. Mark S. Dykewicz, chair of the task force that prepared the guidelines for the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology; the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; and the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, said, “There are now more data on the positioning of oral antileukotriene agents as well as the intranasal antihistamines.”

The guidelines were last issued in 1998.

Wednesday 21, Jul 2010

  Summer allergens can be handled with specific strategies

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Summer allergens can be handled with specific strategiesIndividuals who are prone to allergies could find some relief coming their way since the springtime mountain cedars and tree pollens have generally subsided as summertime is here.

Reducing exposure to outdoor venues during peak times, air conditioning, wearing masks, and closing the windows can be some of the strategies adopted by individuals for avoiding allergies, according to Dr. David Khan, associate professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Despite the fact that pollen quantity in the air is not influenced by heat, it has the ability of stimulating the formation of ground-level ozone that can exacerbate allergy symptoms.

Wednesday 16, Jun 2010

  Relief from summer allergens with coping strategies

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Relief from summer allergens with coping strategiesPeople suffering from allergies may have experienced respite with springtime mountain cedars and tree pollens subsiding but summer times are here and this may mean trouble again.

However, allergy suffers can avoid allergies to a significant extent by putting a limit on outdoor exposure during peak times, closing the windows, air conditioning, and mask wearing, according to Dr. David Khan, associate professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

It is worth nothing here that though heat doesn’t influence amount of pollen in the air but it does stimulate the formation of ground-level ozone, which could exacerbate symptoms of allergy.

Wednesday 28, Apr 2010

  Coping strategies offered for relief from summer allergens

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Coping strategies offered for relief from summer allergens  Allergy sufferers can finally have some respite as springtime mountain cedars and tree pollens have generally subsided but summertime is here.

Dr. David Khan, associate professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, said limiting outdoor exposure during peak times, closing the windows, air conditioning, and mask wearing can help people avoid allergies to a significant extent.

Even though heat does not influence pollen amount in the air, it does stimulates the formation of ground-level ozone that can exacerbate symptoms of allergy.

Sunday 25, Apr 2010

  Steroids superior to antihistamines for treating allergies

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Steroids superior to antihistamines for treating allergiesResearchers from the University of Chicago have demonstrated that corticosteroid-based nasal sprays are superior to antihistamines when used “as needed” for treating seasonal allergies.

The finding, which was published in the November 26 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, suggests that the present guidelines and prescription patterns flavoring the usage of antihistamines as the first-line treatment to treat mild or moderate allergies need to be changed.

Robert Naclerio, M.D., chief of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at the University of Chicago and director of the study, said more people will be benefited and health costs will be reduced by changing the present guidelines to match patient practice.

Friday 16, Apr 2010

  Plavix allergic reaction are alleviated by antihistamines and steroids

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Plavix allergic reaction are alleviated by antihistamines and steroidsTreating cardiac patients who have suffered allergic reactions to clopidogrel (Plavix) is better with a combination of antihistamines and steroids as they can effectively alleviate allergic reaction symptoms, as per a recent study. Doctors from the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital remarked that patients can remain on the drug after the symptoms have been alleviated.

The study findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session by Primary investigator Michael P. Savage, M.D., director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Kimberly L. Campbell, M.D.

Some members of the medical community that these findings offer implications to investigate ways for treating allergic reactions to other life-saving drugs.

Friday 19, Mar 2010

  Most community pharmacists do not inform parents about off-label drug distribution to children

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Most community pharmacists do not inform parents about off-label drug distribution to childrenAccording to a research published in an issue of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, forty percent of community pharmacists do not tell parents that they are dispensing off-label drugs to their children. Only 66 percent of the pharmacists felt that they had a responsibility to communicate about use of off-label drugs to parents.

This finding was disclosed in a research carried out by the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Aberdeen, UK and involved 500 community pharmacists.

Co-author Dr James McLay said that community pharmacists who responded to the questionnaire were aware of the issues surrounding off-label drug distribution to children.

Tuesday 02, Feb 2010

  Clopidogrel-related allergic reaction symptoms alleviated by steroids and antihistamines

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Clopidogrel-related allergic reaction symptoms alleviated by steroids and antihistaminesAccording to doctors from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, clopidogrel-related allergic reaction symptoms can be alleviated when a combination therapy of steroids and antihistamines is followed.

It was revealed by Primary Investigator Michael P. Savage, M.D., director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Kimberly L. Campbell, M.D., cardiology fellow and lead author, who presented their findings at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session on March 30 2009 that reaction symptoms after use of clopidogrel, also known by the pharmaceutical name Plavix, can be treated with a combination of steroids and antihistamines.

John R. Cohn, M.D., chief of Adult Allergy at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals and a key contributor to the study noted that most patients tend to become tolerant to Plavix or desensitized to the drug after being administered with low doses of steroids and antihistamines while continuing the drug.

Wednesday 16, Dec 2009

  Study shows Plavix allergic reactions can be treated with steroids and antihistamines

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Study shows Plavix allergic reactions can be treated with steroids and antihistamines  According to doctors from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, treatment with a combination of steroids and antihistamines can alleviate Plavix allergic reaction symptoms.

Plavix is a widely-prescribed drug also known by the name clopidogrel.

Primary Investigator Michael P. Savage, M.D., director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Kimberly L. Campbell, M.D., cardiology fellow and lead author, presented their findings at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session on March 30, 2009.

Previous anecdotal studies had suggested that some patients can be desensitized to Plavix but this is hailed as the first systematic study for demonstrating drug allergy could be easily and effectively managed without discontinuing the drug usage after a reaction has been experienced.

Thursday 26, Nov 2009

  Antihistamines and steroids alleviate clopidogrel allergic reaction symptoms

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Antihistamines and steroids alleviate clopidogrel allergic reaction symptomsTreating patients with a combination of steroids and antihistamines can alleviate allergic reaction symptoms to a considerable extent, as per a study of cardiac patients who have suffered allergic reactions to clopidogrel, also known as Plavix.

It was revealed by doctors from the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital that patients can remain on the drug after the symptoms have been alleviated. The study findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session by Primary investigator Michael P. Savage, M.D., director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Kimberly L. Campbell, M.D.

It is considered by many that this study truly suggest that Plavix allergy can be effectively managed without discontinuing the drug after reactions have been observed and these findings can help members of the medical fraternity when it comes to treating allergic reactions to other life-saving drugs.

 

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