allergic-reactionsHow familiar they have become, increasing at a remorseless rate year on year with still no medical treatment available to remove the allergy. Antihistamines and steroids can subdue symptoms associated with hay fever and some skin reactions, but they are not a cure and they also like many other drugs have side effects, adverse drug reactions (ADR).

Some ADR are surprising to say the least, one youngster who I treated for his asthma had been taking a steroidal inhaler in the morning and again in the evening as a preventer. The combination of the preventer and a further inhaler to dilate the airways should an attack still occur, allowed him to carry on life more or less as normal.After several treatments his asthma symptoms improved and he no longer needed to use either of his inhalers, it was only then that a major side effectfrom the steroidal inhaler became apparent, he had started to grow again!

Roger’s growth had been inhibited for some time despite an anticipated spurt due to his age, but until he stopped using his steroidalinhaler the connection between the medication and his lack of growth was not suspected by his parents or his GP.In fact it was not until confirmed by a specialist as a common side effect of steroidal inhalers that the reason for his lack of growth became obvious.

Anaphylaxis is a more devastating allergic reaction which can be triggered by a number of substances which are mostly but not exclusively food items such as nuts. Sufferers are prescribed a device which injects a dose of adrenaline (epinephrine), which helps to control the symptoms allowing time to reach the nearest A&E department for potentially life-saving procedures. Of course one problem is that to be prescribed an adrenaline injector usually an EpiPen you first have to suffer an anaphylactic attack. The saving grace here is the Paramedics, without their brilliant speedy attendance there would I am sure be many more fatalities than are currently experienced.

The next step is to get the patient into A&E in the shortest time possible, but what if due to cut backs in the NHS the local hospital has had to close its department. In my area it seems likely that there are two hospitals that will no longer have A&E departments, which will turn a 10 minute journey into a 30 or 40 minute one. There are many other medical emergencies where time is of the essence, but for people experiencing an anaphylaxis attack it is absolutely vital that not a minute is lost.

Originally posted 2013-10-08 12:50:54.

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