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Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria

Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU), also called chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU), is a condition when urticaria, or hives, are present for more than 6 weeks. Unlike acute urticaria, chronic urticaria is unlikely to be caused by a specific offending agent such as a food, drug, or other allergen. The cause and pathogenesis of CSU is unknown.

The diagnosis of CSU is clinical. It requires at least 6 weeks of pruritus, as well as red, raised, and well-circumscribed lesions that vary in... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology, Dermatology

Why Your Patient Probably Isn’t Allergic to Penicillin

Why Your Patient Probably Isn’t Allergic to Penicillin

Drug allergies are documented in more than 20% of electronic health records throughout the world, with antibiotic allergies being the most commonly reported.... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology

Would You Volunteer to Enroll in a COVID-19 Vaccine Trial?

Would You Volunteer to Enroll in a COVID-19 Vaccine Trial?

There are more than 160 COVID-19 vaccines currently in development, with the University of Oxford/AstraZeneca AZD1222 vaccine (an attenuated altered adenovir... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology, Infectious Diseases, Public Health

Asthma Q&A With Dr Kurtis Elward: Part 2

Asthma Q&A With Dr Kurtis Elward: Part 2

PCE recently held our Series 1 Live Stream events. During the Live Streams, attendees have the chance to ask expert faculty specific questions, though we oft... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology, Pulmonary Medicine

Asthma Q&A With Dr Kurtis Elward: Part 1

Asthma Q&A With Dr Kurtis Elward: Part 1

PCE recently held our Series 1 Live Stream events. During the Live Streams, attendees have the chance to ask expert faculty specific questions, though we oft... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology, Pulmonary Medicine

Measles and Immunity

Measles and Immunity

Measles is a highly contagious viral illness, currently targeted for eradication given the favorable biologic characteristic that humans are the only reservo... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology, Infectious Diseases

Universal Influenza Vaccine Begins Phase I Clinical Trials

Universal Influenza Vaccine Begins Phase I Clinical Trials

The National Institutes of Health have begun the first clinical trial of an innovative universal influenza vaccine candidate. A Phase I trial will examine th... Continue Reading

Filed under: Allergy/Immunology, Health Policy and Trends, Public Health

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