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    Allergy

    The latest learning and CPD content on allergy. Under ‘Other resources’ you will find all our other content related to allergy.

    CPD and Learning

    Teenager takes allergy test

    Accurately diagnosing antibiotic allergiesSubscription

    17 JUL 2018By , , ,

    Diagnosing true drug allergy can be challenging and it is important that patients are managed appropriately.

    Father giving baby bottled milk

    Cow’s milk protein allergy in children: identification and treatmentSubscription

    15 MAY 2018By , , ,

    How pharmacists and pharmacy professionals can diagnose this complex problem and advise parents and carers on options for management.

    Man looking at gluten free products in a supermarket

    How to identify symptoms of coeliac disease in community pharmacy and primary careSubscription

    7 MAR 2017By , ,

    It is estimated that in the UK there are more than half a million people with clinically undiagnosed coeliac disease, caused by an adverse immune response to gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Pharmacists and healthcare professionals can play a key role in identifying individuals with symptoms, referring them for testing, ultimately leading to earlier diagnosis.

    Other resources

    Hay fever OTC: management

    Hay fever: OTC managementSubscription

    22 AUG 2019By

    More patients may seek advice on hay fever in the future since NHS England has advised GPs not to routinely prescribe products that are available over the counter for this condition.

    Micrograph of the jejunum affected by coeliac disease

    New drug could reduce symptoms of gluten exposure in people with coeliac diseaseSubscription

    19 JUL 2018

    A monoclonal antibody could help reduce symptoms of coeliac disease in people with the condition who are accidentally exposed to gluten, show study findings presented at Digestive Disease Week.

    Fish oil supplement pregnant woman

    Fish oil and probiotic supplements during pregnancy may reduce infant risk of allergic diseaseSubscription

    23 APR 2018

    A systematic review and meta-analysis of maternal diets has shown that probiotic and fish oil supplements reduce infant risk of eczema and egg allergy.

    Peanuts

    Combined oral immunotherapy shows lasting effect against peanut allergy four years laterSubscription

    10 OCT 2017

    In a report of the long-term outcomes of probiotics plus peanut oral immunotherapy, more than half of study participants were able to continue eating peanuts up to four years later.

    Molecular structure of ibrutinib

    Leukaemia drug stems allergen response in exploratory studySubscription

    5 JUL 2017

    The tyrosine kinase inhibitor ibrutinib can help to block allergic reactions and prevent anaphylaxis, a study finds.

    Penicillin rash in the arm, allergic reaction of patient to penicillin

    Penicillin allergy often inaccurately recorded by healthcare professionalsSubscription

    30 JUN 2017

    Researchers find that only one-third of medical records accurately reflected patients’ reported allergic reactions to penicillin.

    Close up of a bioelectronic chip manufactured by GSK

    Acting on the potential of action potentials: will bioelectronic medicines be the next biologics?Subscription

    9 DEC 2016By

    Bioelectronic medicine is a new approach to treating major chronic diseases that could give doctors and patients alternatives to costly mainstream medicine and may become as commonly prescribed as chemical or biological drugs. Some researchers and pharmaceutical companies are already taking this potential new class of treatments seriously and, as promising results emerge, others are expected to follow.

    Scanning electron micrograph of nasal mucosa in allergic rhinitis

    Allergic rhinitis: impact, diagnosis, treatment and managementSubscription

    9 AUG 2016By , ,

    Allergic rhinitis results from an immunological abnormality in which atopic individuals produce immunoglobulin E (IgE) to allergens (e.g. pollen, house dust mites, animal dander and moulds). IgE activates mast cells, which respond by releasing inflammatory mediators. Histamine stimulates the early symptoms, predominately mucus production, nasal itching and sneezing. Leukotrienes and cytokines attract and activate eosinophils to cause allergic inflammation, which is primarily responsible ...

    Jiri Hrdy, one of the researchers who reported their findings at the International Congress of Immunology in Melbourne, Australia

    Probiotics correct immune function in babies at risk of allergySubscription

    31 AUG 2016

    In children who received a probiotic at birth, some functional characteristics of regulatory T cells improved, study finds.

    Close up of a dust mite

    Immunotherapy tablets improve asthma control in patients with dust mite sensitisationSubscription

    12 MAY 2016

    Use of sublingual allergen immunotherapy tablets reduces the risk of moderate or severe asthma exacerbation by around 30% compared with placebo, study finds.

    Researchers say that H1 antihistamines could therefore be explored as a new treatment approach in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), x-ray pictured

    Antihistamine reduces pain in irritable bowel syndromeSubscription

    22 JAN 2016

    Patients given H1 antihistamine ebastine showed significant reduction in pain score in randomised trial.

    Revalidation

    Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can find guidance from The Pharmaceutical Journal on completing the relevant records to meet the General Pharmaceutical Council requirements, as well as support on the scope of activity that could be included in these records here.