April 16, 2007
Prolonged Bi-Phasic Reactions
As you know, I recently participated in a call with group of food allergy bloggers and Doctor Clifford Bassett, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Otolaryngology at the State University of New York’s Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn.
During that call, Doctor Basset mentioned a situation that one of his colleagues ran across recently. A peanut allergic child was exposed to peanuts and admitted to the hospital for the reaction. He experience what is described as a prolonged, bi-phasic reaction.
Now, we all know about the risk of bi-phasic reactions. That is, a reaction that comes in multiple waves or phases. What was interesting about this example was that the food allergic reaction happened over 3 DAYS!
The patient was kept in the hospital as the doctors watched repeated phases of reaction over that time. I've not heard of a situation like this before and it really hits home the need to: 1) carry multiple Epi-Pens and 2) ALWAYS go to the ER after a reaction, even if the Epi and the Benadryl seem to be working fine.
Here's to being prepared.
Posted by David at April 16, 2007 8:26 AM
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Posted by: Amy Caterina at May 1, 2007 9:27 AM