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Emergency Medicine Part 6: Drug Allergies
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Updated for 2018
Most allergic reactions are relatively mild and non-life-threatening, however some are acutely life-threatening – anaphylaxis. This program reviews the prevention, recognition and management of allergic reactions in the dental office environment.

Learning Objectves:

  1. Differentiate between allergy and overdose
  2. Discuss the mechanism of allergic reactions
  3. Describe management of a delayed onset allergic skin reaction
  4. Define anaphylaxis
  5. List common etiologies of anaphylaxis
  6. Describe the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis
  7. Describe the management protocol for anaphylaxis
  8. Discuss the rationale for the statement that “epinephrine is the most important drug in emergency medicine.”


Allergy, overdose and idiosyncrasy are the three systemic adverse drug reactions. They are defined and contrasted, followed by an in-depth discussion of allergy. The mechanism behind the allergic reaction is reviewed followed by a review of the more commonly observed non-life threatening allergic reaction as well as the life-threatening allergy – anaphylaxis.


  1. Introduction
  2. Allergy
  3. Anaphylaxis


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