See Allergy desensitization.
- Allergy skin test
Allergy skin test: A test in which a small drop of the suspected allergy-provoking substance (allergen) is placed on the skin and the skin is then gently scratched through the drop with a sterile needle. If the skin reddens and, more importantly, if it swells, the test is read as positive, and allergy to that […]
- Allergy, cow milk
Allergy, cow milk: Casein and whey are the two major proteins of human milk and most milk-based formulas. Some (less than 8% of) infants have a true allergy to the cow proteins that are in milk-based formulas. Infants with true cow milk allergy can develop abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, skin rash, and wheezing when […]
- Allergy to cockroaches
Allergy to cockroaches: An allergic reaction to tiny protein particles shed or excreted by cockroaches. Asthma can be due to exposure to cockroach allergens. Removing cockroach allergens from the home is not an easy job, but it can go far in reducing the frequency and severity of asthma and other allergic reactions.
- Allergy, soy milk
Allergy, soy milk: Soy protein formulas contain no cow milk and are therefore reasonable alternatives for infants with true cow milk allergy. However, some infants have allergy to both cow milk and soy proteins. These infants require a formula in which the cow milk protein (casein) has been “predigested” and specific amino acids added to […]
Allodynia: Pain from stimuli which are not normally painful. The pain may occur other than in the area stimulated. Allodynia means other pain. See: Cutaneous allodynia.