|Objectives||The student will:|
- Gain knowledge of common clinical presentations related to allergies, will learn appropriate procedural skills, and how to order and understand tests.
- Discuss common clinical presentations including: anaphylaxis, conjunctival and bulbar inflammation, chemosis, ocular pruritis, dyspnea, cough, wheezing, sputum production, use of accessory muscles of respiration, nasal obstruction and pruritus, rhinorrhea, sneezing, skin whealing, angioedema, bullous formation, eczematous and popular eruptions, moribilliform tashes, purpura, pruritus.
- Describe procedure skills including: spirometry and spirometric response to bronchodilators, Wright-Giemsa stain of nasal and pulmonary secretions.
- InterpretTests including:delayed hypersensitivity skin tests.
- Discuss ordering Tests including: drug desensitization protocols, CT immediate skin test for IgE-mediated reactions to inhalants, food, certain drugs, in vitro tests for specific IgE, levels of complement compontnts, C1 esterase inhibitor, methacholine inhalation challenge, patch tests, prick and intradermal skin tests, PFT’s, serum immunoglobulin levels, T- and B-cell quantitation and subtyping, total eosinophil count.