Asthma, Allergies, & Eczema

Course Description & Information:

  • Asthma, allergic rhinitis (allergies), and eczema (atopic dermatitis) have common pathways, and are all examples of Type-I hypersensitivity reactions. Each has a specific target organ – lung, sinuses, and skin – but especially asthma can exacerbate, to become a systemic reaction. Some of the common actors for all three reactions include Interleukins 4 and 13, T-Helper-2 cells, Immunoglobulin E, mast cells, basophils, eosinophils, and many pharmacologic mediators released by these cells when appropriately stimulated. The resulting physiologic consequences often require interventions, which are designed to address some of the most bothersome or dangerous mediators of these conditions. This course addresses some of the common pathways by which Type-I hypersensitivity (atopic) reactions originate, their progression and sequelae, and how they are currently addressed.
  • Pharmacist information: ACPE UAN: 0826-9999-24-001-L01-P, IRD: 2-1-24. Knowledge based activity.
  • Level: Intermediate
Course Objectives:

  • Define “Atopy”, and “atopic diseases”, and describe their commonalities and differences.
  • Identify the major immune system components involved in atopic diseases.
  • Compare the general approaches for altering the negative effects of the major immune system components.
  • Identify and discuss current treatments for atopic diseases and relate those treatments to the general disease processes hey are designed to address.
  • Summarize more recently developed targeted treatment approaches for atopic diseases and describe their general mechanisms of action.
  • Project future changes in atopic disease treatment that should improve disease outcomes.
Learning Outcome: At least 80% of class participants will score 70% or greater on course post-test.

Course Credit: 2 Contact Hours

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Who Should Attend:

Pharmacists, Dietitians, Nursing professionals (2 hours of pharmacotherapeutic credit), Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy professionals, and other medical professionals.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Full attendance.
  • Completion of course post-test (70%) and evaluation.

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