Pharmacy Professionals Role in Managing Allergies – 3 Hours



Allergies are a common ailment that affects people worldwide, regardless of their age and background. With a wide range of possible causes, it can be challenging to monitor sensitivities, evaluate their impact on quality of life, and find effective treatments. Pharmacists in the community setting play a crucial role in providing accessible care, as they need to assess the severity of these reactions and provide structured recommendations to relieve symptoms while keeping patient medical histories and medication regimens up to date. This course offers an overview of the pathophysiology of hypersensitivity reactions, common irritants, allergic response symptoms, and the pharmacological and non-pharmacological 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 the rate of 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 the 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 the severity of symptoms and efficacy of previously 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, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP), and Nurse Practitioners (NP)

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 the CPE monitor within 30 days of completion.

The National Pharmacy Technician Association (NPTA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing education.

NPTA approves Biologix Solutions LLC as a Joint Provider of continuing pharmacy education. Approval

Disclaimers: Elvia Sellountos has no actual or potential conflict of interest regarding this program. It received no commercial support and has been peer-reviewed to ensure non-commercialization.

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