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Allergies

Are you a patient with Allergies ?

Living with a chronic illness can pose great challenges to your daily activity. Being proactive with treatment and donating to research can be a beneficial addition to your routine management. Discovering that you have a disease can be overwhelming.  There usually are many unanswered questions and concerns that recently diagnosed people have.  One that may come to mind is how can I help someone else that may go the same process and struggles that I have?  Participating in Research helps scientist and clinicians find new treatments, tests and quicker diagnostic methods to improve patient outcomes and hopefully prevent the disease in the future.  You can help! Become a Specialty Antibody donor with PPA! The information below is not meant for clinical diagnosis, but as an educational resource.

Please review the following donor requirements:

  • You must be clinically diagnosed by a medical professional. Documentation of the diagnosis and/or treatment may be required.
  • You must have a photo ID and be able to provide your social security number or proof of citizenship.
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must weight at least 110 lbs.

You must disclose if you have ever been diagnosed with Hepatitis C and/or HIV.

To begin the Qualification Process, please fill out the Pre-Screening Form. For other questions and concerns about requirements or other information, please check out our FAQ’s. Check out the educational information below!

Allergies (Food, Drug, Environmental)

Definition

An allergy is an immune system reaction that occurs soon after eating a certain food, ingesting certain medications, or being exposed to certain environmental elements. Even a tiny amount of the allergy-causing component can trigger signs and symptoms such as digestive problems, hives or swollen airways. In some people, allergies can cause severe symptoms or even a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis.

Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance that doesn’t cause a reaction in most people. The severity of allergies varies from person to person and can range from minor irritation to anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening emergency. The largest ongoing studies include IgE, SP/AAS IgE, environmental, medication, and food allergies

Symptoms

The most common signs and symptoms of allergies include:

  • Tingling or itching in the mouth
  • Hives, itching or eczema
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat or other parts of the body
  • Wheezing, nasal congestion or trouble breathing
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting

In some people, allergies can trigger a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. This can cause life-threatening signs and symptoms, including:

  • Constriction and tightening of airways
  • A swollen throat or the sensation of a lump in your throat that makes it difficult to breathe
  • Shock with a severe drop in blood pressure
  • Rapid pulse
  • Dizziness, lightheadedness or loss of consciousness

Emergency treatment is critical for anaphylaxis. Untreated, anaphylaxis can cause a coma or even death.

Treatment

The only way to avoid an allergic reaction is to avoid the triggers that cause signs and symptoms. However, despite your best efforts, you may come into contact with the elements that cause a reaction. For minor reactions, use an over-the-counter antihistamine. For severe reactions, you may need an injection of epinephrine and a trip to the emergency room. (Mayo Clinic, 2015)