Philip Taramarcaz

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The purpose of this article is to alert physicians for the environmental and health threats of Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed) in Switzerland. Switzerland borders several heavily ragweed colonised areas. Up to 12% of the population suffers from allergies (hay fever, asthma) to ragweed pollen in these areas. Switzerland is beginning to be invaded by(More)
BACKGROUND Replacement of powdered latex gloves has been recommended in order to prevent the development of latex allergy in health care workers. The conclusion that occupational exposure to latex gloves represents a risk factor for latex allergy is mainly based on studies without exposure controls. Atopy is also thought to be a risk factor for the(More)
Omalizumab is an anti-IgE monoclonal antibody, available on the swiss market since november 2006, with the indication as add on therapy for the treatment of poorly controlled severe persistent allergic asthma. These severe asthmatics consume a great share of the resources dedicated to asthma. Many randomised controlled studies have demonstrated the efficacy(More)
The diagnosis of allergy to penicillins is based on a positive history and cutaneous tests. The sensitivity of these tests is around 70%, therefore it is sometimes necessary to supplement them with in vitro tests, more rarely with drug provocation challenges. Among patients allergic to penicillin, 1 to 2% will develop an allergy to cephalosporins in the(More)
Asthma is a major cause of chronic morbidity throughout the world. In Switzerland, 6.9% of the adult population is suffering from asthma. The standards of treatment are unfortunately not met in most western countries, as well as in Switzerland. We put forward a complete guideline on management of adult asthma, inspired from GINA and BTS guidelines, and(More)
A 37-year old man from Lithuania presented with the typical symptoms of allergic rhinoconjunctivitis that appeared in spring this and the year preceding presentation. Skin prick tests for aeroallergens indigenous in Switzerland were all negative. A detailed history revealed that the patient was working in a building of a United Nation's agency surrounded by(More)
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