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Penicillin Misconceptions May Raise Post-Op Infection Risk

Posted 9 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 – Surgical patients who report having a penicillin allergy face a 50 percent higher risk for a post-op infection compared to patients who report no drug allergy, new research finds. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital attributed the higher surgical-site infection rate to the use of alternative antibiotics. Since many people erroneously believe they're allergic to ...

Lifesaving Drugs From Pfizer, Including Epinephrine, in Short Supply: FDA

Posted 16 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 16, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it's working with the drug company Pfizer to remedy a shortage of important injectable medications, including emergency syringes of epinephrine. Epinephrine treats anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction to bee stings and foods such as peanuts. The drugs in short supply are made by the Pfizer company Hospira. In some ...

Nearly 4 Percent of Americans Suffer From Food Allergies

Posted 31 May 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 31, 2017 – Millions of Americans have had to swear off shellfish, eggs, peanuts or soy to avoid allergic reactions that can range from stomach cramps to life-threatening swelling of the airways, new research shows. Approximately 4 percent of Americans have a food allergy, with women and Asians the most affected, the study found. "Recent reports suggest that food allergies are on ...

Defect Prompts Mylan to Recall Some Epipens

Posted 3 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – Mylan, the maker of the Epipen, says it is recalling "select lots" of the device used to treat dangerous allergic reactions due to a defect that might render it "difficult to activate in an emergency." The pen-like device is used to help counteract potentially fatal reactions (anaphylactic shock) in people with severe allergies. Epipen gives users an injection of ...

Needed: An 'Action Plan' for Kids Prone to Severe Allergic Reactions

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – When kids are at risk of severe allergic reactions, all their caregivers should have a written action plan and epinephrine auto-injectors readily available, according to new reports from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The reports include a new "universal" action plan for doctors to give parents, to help ensure they're ready to manage a life-threatening reaction ...

Early Introduction of Eggs, Peanuts May Cut Kids' Allergy Risk: Study

Posted 20 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 20, 2016 – Introducing babies to eggs or peanuts early on may help reduce their risk of food allergies, a new analysis finds. Researchers reviewed 146 previous studies that examined when babies were given foods that often trigger reactions, as well as their risk of food allergies or autoimmune diseases. They discovered that the timing of food introduction may affect allergy risk, ...

Supervised Exposure Therapy for Peanut Allergy Lasts, Study Finds

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 – Once a tolerance to peanuts has developed in kids considered at high-risk for developing a peanut allergy, it seems to last, new research suggests. The children in the study developed a tolerance after they were fed peanuts for years as part of a supervised clinical trial. Now, the researchers are reporting that those youngsters maintained their tolerance for at least a ...

Parents Often Ill-Informed About Food-Allergy Emergencies

Posted 26 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 26, 2016 – Many parents of children with food allergies say doctors did not discuss emergency care for their youngsters, a new study finds. It's crucial that parents have a written emergency plan for home and school, the study authors said. "This is potentially lifesaving information," study author Dr. Ruchi Gupta, an associate professor in pediatrics at Northwestern University ...

Health Tip: If Allergic to Eggs

Posted 27 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

-- People who are allergic to eggs don't have to miss out on the tasty versatility that eggs offer. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these alternatives: In place of scrambled eggs, use cubed firm tofu. In the pan, gently smash it with a fork to make it crumble like a scrambled egg. Sprinkle with a little turmeric for yellow coloring. Use diced extra-firm tofu in place of ...

Do You Need a Doctor for Bug Bites and Bee Stings?

Posted 25 May 2015 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 24, 2015 – Summer is fast approaching, along with its usual bonanza of bugs. Fortunately, most of those inevitable bites and stings aren't serious. But, experts from the American Academy of Dermatology advise going to the emergency room right away if you notice any of the following symptoms soon after a bug bite or sting: Difficulty breathing, The feeling that your throat is ...

Health Tip: Pollen Isn't the Only Allergen

Posted 13 May 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Pollen from weeds, grasses and trees are common culprits for seasonal allergies, but don't forget about other things that can trigger a case of the sneezes. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology says other possible allergens could include: Smoke from fires, whether indoor fireplaces during winter or outdoor bonfires during summer. Insect stings and bites. Chlorine used in ...

Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac Rashes Can Be Serious

Posted 23 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 – Itchy, blistering rashes from poison ivy, oak and sumac are common and are caused by an oil in the plants called urushiol. Usually, you can deal with these rashes at home, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says. But you should go to the emergency room immediately if you have any of the following symptoms: Trouble breathing or swallowing, The rash covers most ...

FDA Approves Ruconest for Hereditary Angioedema

Posted 18 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

July 17, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday approved Ruconest, the first recombinant C1-Esterase Inhibitor product for the treatment of acute attacks in adult and adolescent patients with hereditary angioedema (HAE). Hereditary angioedema, which is caused by having insufficient amounts of a plasma protein called C1-esterase inhibitor, affects approximately 6,000 to 10,000 ...

Ruconest Approved for Rare Genetic Disease

Posted 18 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 – Ruconest has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat hereditary angioedema, a genetic disease that leads to sudden and potentially fatal swelling of the hands, feet, limbs, face, intestinal tract or airways. The disease, affecting as many as 10,000 people in the United States, is caused by the body's inability to produce enough of a plasma ...

Hospitalizations Up for Severe Skin Swelling

Posted 6 Mar 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 6 – Hospitalizations from angiodema, a serious swelling of the deep layers of the skin often around the eyes and mouth, are on the rise, new research finds. Researchers from New York Downtown Hospital searched a national database for hospitalizations due to allergic reactions including hives, anaphylaxis (a potentially fatal whole-body reaction) and angiodema. While ...

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