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Diagnosing type I allergic reactions

In this video Andreas J. Bircher will show you five tools to diagnose immediate type allergic disorders.

Diagnosis of immediate type allergies should be based on a four-column principle.

This principle consists in a detailed anamnesis, followed by a physical examination of the skin and mucosa. Positive skin and blood tests indicate sensitization to a given allergen. Finally, a positive provocation test confirms the diagnosis of a clinically relevant allergy. After watching this video, what would be your diagnostic workup in a patient presenting with a very swollen ankle, a running and stuffy nose, and complaining about slight difficulties in breathing after a bee sting? Please feel free to give your answers in the comments section below the video. Note that you can also ‘like’ and comment on other learners’ answers.

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