Worldwide, allergies are a common ailment affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. With a wide variety of causal agents, it can be difficult to monitor sensitivities, evaluate their impact on quality of life, and treat them effectively. As points of accessibility, pharmacists in the community setting must be able to assess the severity of these reactions and provide structured recommendations to provide maximal relief from symptoms while keeping patient medical histories and medication regimens up to date and in account. This course will provide an overview of the pathophysiology of hypersensitivity reactions, most common irritants, symptoms of allergic response, and pharmacologic and non-harmacologic management of these conditions.
Upon completion of this course (Pharmacy Professionals Role in Managing Allergies), pharmacists and pharmacy technicians will be able to:
- Discuss the pathophysiology of Type I, II, III, and IV hypersensitivity reactions.
- Categorize hypersensitivity reactions based on rate development of symptoms and type of exposure.
- Recognize the symptoms of anaphylaxis, identify patients at risk of anaphylaxis, and educate on the administration of epinephrine.
- Review pseudoallergy and how it differs from the immune response observed in allergic reactions.
- Identify common allergens (latex, insect stings, food, medications, and exercise), available testing for diagnosis of suspected allergies, and preferred treatments for these reactions.
- Describe the most common symptoms of allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, and allergic contact dermatitis.
- Assess a patient presenting with symptoms of allergic rhinitis to distinguish allergy from common cold or underlying conditions such as asthma.
- Outline interview questions for patients to evaluate severity of symptoms and efficacy of previous tested therapies.
- Discuss available pharmacologic treatment for common symptoms of allergies including treatment goals, cautions, side effects, and administration techniques.
- List lifestyle and non-pharmacologic options that pharmacists can recommend along with ways in which their particular healthcare settings can impact therapy.
Author: Alyssa Yousif, PharmD
Contact Hours: 3 Hours
Activity Type: Knowledge-Based Home Study
Instructional Methods: Online Independent Self-Study (Training + Post-Test)
Target Audience: Pharmacists & Pharmacy Technicians
Cost: $20 / Participant
UAN: Pharmacist: 0384-9999-21-056-H01-P Technicians: 0384-9999-21-056-H01-T
Release Date: 12/28/2021 Expiration Date: 12/28/2024
Course Completion Certificate: A minimum passing score of 70% is required for course completion. A Printable (PDF) Certificate By Email. Credit will be reported to CPE monitor within 30 days of completion.
National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing education.
Biologix Solutions LLC is approved as a Joint Provider of continuing pharmacy education by NPTA. Approval
Disclaimers: Elvia Sellountos has no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program. This program received no commercial support and has been peer-reviewed to ensure non-commercialization.
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