Category list : Allergy
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Nut allergy and acute anaphylaxis managementSubscription
Anaphylaxis is an immunologically mediated, potentially life-threatening syndrome. It occurs when a hypersensitive reaction to a usually innocuous antigen causes an exaggerated response. A common and increasingly prevalent allergen is found in nuts. The current incidence of allergic reactions to nuts is approximately one in 80 (Tariq et al, 1996) and is increasing, particularly among children (Armstrong and Rylance, 1999).
Latex allergy awareness among hospital staffSubscription
VOL: 97, ISSUE: 38, PAGE NO: 49
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Identifying food allergies in childrenSubscription
Food intolerance is an umbrella term encompassing any reproducible adverse reaction to a food that may produce a number of different responses, including allergy. A food allergy is a reproducible adverse reaction to a specific allergen or its ingredient - usually a protein - and is mediated by an immunological response. Food allergy affects 1.4-1.9 per cent of adults and five per cent of children in the UK (Sicherer, 2002). About 10 million people are affected in the UK with as many ...
Management of allergic rhinitisSubscription
Nurses have long been aware of the need to ensure they obtain information from their patients regarding possible allergies. Questions about allergy are part of most patient information sheets and preoperative checklists. The meticulous documentation of patients’ allergies is an essential part of care, especially when dealing with those who are not able to communicate, such as very young children or unconscious patients.
There has been a dramatic rise in the incidence of allergies in the UK in recent years. This problem is compounded by the fact that the nature of allergic disease has also become increasingly complex. Previously rare and potentially life-threatening disorders such as peanut allergy are increasingly common (Grundy et al, 2002), while growing numbers of patients have disorders affecting several systems.
VOL: 100, ISSUE: 32, PAGE NO: 48
A new report from the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA, 2005a) highlighted once again the risks to both health care staff and patients from latex used in the manufacture of medical equipment.
The role of nurse-led care in allergy managementSubscription
VOL: 101, ISSUE: 31, PAGE NO: 26 Sue Cross, BSc, RN, NPDip, FAANP, is national project manager, WIPPs General Practice Nursing Project