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Adverse Reactions Associated with Skin Testing and Immunotherapy

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Fatalities have been associated with allergen skin testing and immunotherapy. Therefore, physicians using such tests and therapy should be knowledgeable in their use and take proper precautions to decrease the risk of anaphylaxis. The American Academy of Allergy and Immunology recommends a 20-minute wait that can be extended for high risk patients following an injection, and that the physician in charge of administering immunotherapy should be familiar with and prepared to appropriately treat anaphylaxis. Future treatment with peptides rather than whole allergens may increase safety.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 1995-11-01

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

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    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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