Do no harm: Natural language processing of social media supports safety of aseptic allergen immunotherapy procedures

Millions of Americans receive allergen immunotherapy (AIT) or “allergy shots” annually to address allergic rhinitis.1 AIT treatments have been provided for more than a century and until recently had been delivered by using an aseptic technique.1 In a prior retrospective study, more than 3000 patients with no AIT-associated skin and soft-tissue infections ( SSTIs) were identified.1 However, recently, there has been renewed concern about preparation at compounding pharmacies that have led to infection outbreaks.
Source: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Authors: Tags: Editorial Source Type: research

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