Allergic diseases in the elderly

Victoria Cardona, Mar Guilarte, Olga Luengo, Moises Labrador-Horrillo, Anna Sala-Cunill, Teresa Garriga

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Abstract

© 2011 Cardona et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. Demographic distribution of the population is progressively changing with the proportion of elderly persons increasing in most societies. This entails that there is a need to evaluate the impact of common diseases, such as asthma and other allergic conditions, in this age segment. Frailty, comorbidities and polymedication are some of the factors that condition management in geriatric patients. The objective of this review is to highlight the characteristics of allergic diseases in older age groups, from the influence of immunosenescence, to particular clinical implications and management issues, such as drug interactions or age-related side effects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalClinical and Translational Allergy
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Allergy
  • aging population
  • asthma
  • dermatitis
  • drug allergy
  • elderly
  • immunosenescence
  • pharmacotherapy

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