Inhaler use crucial to treatment

Studies have shown that between 28%-68% of outpatients and 62%-86% of inpatients misuse inhaler devices. This is associated with poor asthma control and more frequent emergency department visits.

Ectoine: allergy’s alternative medication of choice?

Allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis are among the most common conditions treated in general practice, yet growing numbers of patients are weary of traditional pharmacological therapies. Enter ectoine, a naturally produced treatment just as effective as pharmaceuticals.

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CPD POINTS: 1

Much ado about urticaria

The World Allergy Organization and several European dermatology and immunology societies joined forces in 2016 to revise and update the diagnostic criteria and treatment of urticaria. The guideline was published last year.

What you need to know about urticaria and angioedema

Urticaria and angioedema are common health problems. They often occur together (in 40% of cases) but may also occur separately (50% have urticarial alone, while 10% have angioedema alone).

Inhalant allergens predicting allergy to animals

Sensitisation to furry animals seems to be on the increase globally and it appears that sensitisation in early childhood can precede respiratory allergy in adolescence.

Use of rupatadine in allergic rhinitis and chronic urticaria

Rupatadine is a novel non-sedating H1-antihistamine that also has additional antagonist effects on PAF. It is a second generation antihistamine which demonstrated no adverse cardiovascular effects in clinical testing.

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CPD POINTS: 1

What is new in component testing?

A better understanding of allergen components and their role in the mechanisms of sensitisation and tolerance induction leads to a more targeted management of inhalant- and food allergy.

The skin as an entry point for allergens: Evidence and interventions

SPECIALIST FORUM SEPTEMBER CPD: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) is a common skin disorder characterised by a dry, itchy, inflamed skin in an age-typical distribution. Atopic dermatitis is very often the first ‘step’ in the allergic march, preceding food allergy and respiratory allergy manifestations.

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CPD POINTS: 3

Allergies in children

MEDICAL CHRONICLE AUGUST CPD 2 of 4: 40% of South African allergy sufferers are children, so knowing how to treat and identify common allergies in children is vital.

Allergic rhinitis: what you need to know

MEDICAL CHRONICLE JULY 2018: CPD 1 of 4

Antihistamine that tackles inflammation

Histamine is clearly not the only mediator involved in the inflammatory process. There is an emerging view that drugs that can inhibit a broader range of inflammatory agents may prove to be more effective in providing symptomatic relief in both allergic rhinitis and chronic urticaria.