Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

2016

Document Type

Project

Course Number

NURS 5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

Professors Chovan and Cacchillo

Keywords

IgE-mediated, Food Allergy, Anaphylaxis, EpiPen

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing

Abstract

Working as a nurse in a pediatric Allergy/Immunology clinic one would observe that the prevalence and resulting awareness of IgE-mediated food allergies in children has increased over the past decade. Many schools and camps are now going “nut free” and requiring Food Allergy Action Plans from a diagnosing physician. A study by Gupta et al. (2011) estimated 8% of children in the United States have a food allergy. Primary care providers (PCPs) are at the forefront of recognition, diagnosis, treatment and patient education of IgE-mediated food allergies. PCPs can benefit greatly from further education of the current evidence based diagnostic tools available. A review of the pathophysiological concepts of a true IgE-mediated food allergy reaction, and how it differs from non-IgE mediated food allergies can help guide diagnosis, treatment, and indications for referral to an allergist for more specific testing.

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Nursing Commons

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