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Debates in Allergy Medicine

Edited by: Dr Alessandro Fiocchi, Prof. Erika Jensen-Jarolim

An article collection in: World Allergy Organization Journal

In this series we introduce each topic as a dialogue between two different views based on the scientific method. The dialectical method has served scholars for more than 2500 years, and this series takes up the tradition of comparing the different views presented and perhaps even encouraging a change of course, as can often happen in allergy.

All articles have undergone the journal's standard peer review process.

Read more about the origins of the collection in this blog post.

Collection first published: 14 December 2015

  1. Content type: Debate

    Percutaneous skin prick tests (SPT) have been considered the preferred method for confirming IgE-mediated sensitization. This reliable and minimally invasive technique correlates with in vivo challenges, has g...

    Authors: Désirée Larenas-Linnemann, Jorge A. Luna-Pech and Ralph Mösges

    Citation: World Allergy Organization Journal 2017 10:32

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  2. Content type: Debate

    In today’s clinical practice patients’ skin is used as screening organ for diagnosing type 1 allergy. According to European guidelines skin prick testing with a panel of 18 allergen extracts is recommended, in...

    Authors: E. Jensen-Jarolim, A. N. Jensen and G. W. Canonica

    Citation: World Allergy Organization Journal 2017 10:33

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  3. Content type: Debate

    Allergen specific immunotherapy (AIT) has been the only pathogenetically relevant treatment of IgE-mediated allergic diseases (ADs) for many years. The use of AIT for atopic dermatitis (AD) treatment is dubiou...

    Authors: Tatiana A. Slavyanakaya, Vladislava V. Derkach and Revaz I. Sepiashvili

    Citation: World Allergy Organization Journal 2016 9:15

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in World Allergy Organization Journal 2016 9:38

  4. Content type: Debate

    Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a common chronic skin condition in children that has a proven association with other atopic conditions and allergies. These associations, like the general pathophysiology of AD, are c...

    Authors: David N. Ginsberg and Lawrence F. Eichenfield

    Citation: World Allergy Organization Journal 2016 9:16

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  5. Content type: Debate

    The term “intolerance” is not mentioned in the World Allergy Organization (WAO) document on allergy nomenclature. “Intolerance” has been used to describe some non-immunological diseases. However, pediatric gas...

    Authors: Sten Dreborg

    Citation: World Allergy Organization Journal 2015 8:88

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  6. Content type: Debate

    Health care professionals and patients mix and mingle (hyper)sensitivity, allergy and intolerance. The consequences are discrepancies which result in confusion. The following is a very personal point of view, ...

    Authors: Y. Vandenplas

    Citation: World Allergy Organization Journal 2015 8:87

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