Hay fever Epidemiology

Hay fever Epidemiology - done improperly). In some...

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Hay fever Epidemiology Hay fever is common in all societies and the younger age groups are more frequently affected. It is probably one of the most common disorders of childhood and adolescence. Estimates of incidence are difficult largely due to a large number of sufferers never seeking medical attention. Sufferers who purchase over the counter remedies or those who just need an abundant supply of tissues probably outnumber those who seek clinical advice. Diagnosis Diagnosis of Hay Fever can be usually made clinically from a characteristic history and signs of mucosal inflammation on examination. If required, specific allergen testing can be employed. Skin testing is the most common method of allergy testing. This may include Intradermal, scratch, patch, or other tests. Less commonly, the suspected allergen is dissolved and dropped onto the lower eyelid as a means of testing for allergies. (This test should only be done by a physician, never the patient, since it can be harmful if
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Unformatted text preview: done improperly). In some individuals who cannot undergo skin testing, the Radioallergosorbent (RAST) blood test may be helpful in determining specific allergen sensitivity. Prognosis Symptoms of Hay fever become less severe over time and as the patient gets older. With care taken to avoid specific allergens symptoms can be avoided or at least reduced. Some severe forms of hay fever are associated with nasal polyps. These common benign growths can lead to nasal blockage. There exact cause is unknown but they need to be removed surgically and follow up treatment with steroid nose sprays reduce recurrence Prevention Hay fever can be prevented, or at least the symptoms reduced, by avoidance of specific allergens. Exposure to allergens can be reduced by staying indoors or closing the windows during times of heavy pollen count. Other preventative measures include regular vacuuming to remove animal dander, dust and mould spores....
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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