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Keywords:

  • atopic status

To elucidate whether systemic reactions (SR) to drugs should be included in the atopic status in epidemiological studies, we compared the distribution of atopy in subjects with or without a history of SR to drugs. The studied population comprised 2067 adults, 20 to 60 years old, visiting a health care center for a check-up examination. The protocol included a questionnaire related to history of SR to drugs and a Phadiatop® test which evaluates on a blood sample the presence of specific IgE against common aeroallergens. Overall, 14.7% of the study group, including 66% women, reported reliable histories of SR to drugs. The cumulative prevalence of asthma, hay fever and childhood dermatitis was higher in the SR group. By contrast, the percentage of positive Phadiatop tests was similar in subjects with or without a history of SR. Thus atopy, defined by an objective criterion, i.e. the presence of specific IgE against common aero-allergens, is not associated with the occurrence of SR to drugs. Such a history should not be included as part of the atopic status.