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Volume 37, Issue 1
Publication date: July 1, 2016
Expiration date: July 1, 2019

Systemic Allergic Reactions in Children
Richard F. Lockey, MD (Moderator)
Distinguished Health Professor, Joy McCann Culverhouse Chair of Allergy/Immunology; Director, Division of Allergy/Immunology; Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Public Health, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida

Dennis K. Ledford, MD
Ellsworth and Mabel Simmons Professor of Allergy/Immunology, Division of Allergy/Immunology; Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida

Panida Sriaroon, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Division of Allergy/Immunology, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida

Learning Objectives
After completing this activity, the physician should be better able to:
1. Differentiate between the terms “anaphylaxis” and “systemic allergic reaction.”
2. Recognize clinical presentations of systemic allergic reaction.
3. Describe how the typical presentations of systemic allergic reaction can differ based on patient age.
4. Explain the association between time of onset of symptoms following exposure to an allergen and severity of the reaction.
5. Describe the impact of route of allergen presentation (parenteral or oral) and severity of the reaction.
6. Counsel patients and families on how and when to administer epinephrine.
7. Counsel patients and families on the safety profile of epinephrine.
8. Explain the role of diphenhydramine and corticosteroids in the management of systemic allergic reaction.


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