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To render sensitive; to induce acquired sensitivity, to immunize.
See also: sensitized antigen.


v. sensi·tized, sensi·tizing, sensi·tizes
To make hypersensitive or reactive to an antigen, such as pollen, especially by a second or repeated exposure.
To become sensitive or hypersensitive.

sen′si·ti·za′tion (-tĭ-zā′shən) n.
sen′si·tiz′er n.


To render sensitive; to induce acquired sensitivity, to immunize.
See also: sensitized antigen

Patient discussion about sensitize

Q. I had cataract surgery with iol implant, and ever since I have awful light sensitivity. Any ideas? I can't go into a "super store" without my sunglasses. My eyes ache at the end of the day. My doctor says "I don't know!"

A. May sound a bit silly question, but have you tried to consult your ophthalmologist (eye doctor, e.g. the one that performed the operation) about it? Cataract surgery, although considered very successful, isn't problem-free. Primary physician may not have the necessary specialization to deal with these subjects.

Q. I heard that patients are highly sensitive to their senses? what are the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia and can they be aggravated? I heard that patients are highly sensitive to their senses?

A. Great answeer...couldn't agree more!

Q. when my aunt went through chemo (for colon cancer) her palms became VERY sensitive and had a burning feeling is there any way to prevent this from happening to my mom who is starting her chemo now? If not, what it the best treatment for it?

A. What you describe sounds like peripheral neuropathy, a well known side effect of platinum chemotherapy which is used for colon cancer. Several measures, including giving infusion of calcium and magnesium, and glutathione were found to reduce the rate of this complication, although further studies are necessary.

However, the information is only general advice, since I haven't examined your mother so if you have any questions about this subject, it may be wise to consult a doctor (e.g. oncologist).

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They found that both sensitisation and wheezing occurred in response to very low allergen levels.
Since 2012, the MRA has conducted sensitisation campaigns in some 50 secondary schools on the importance of taxation in the society.
These studies suggest that the relationship between exposure, sensitisation and the expression of clinical allergic disease to house-dust mites is not a simple one and may depend not only on level of exposure but age of exposure and context of exposure.
To examine the relationship between age of introduction of solid foods and allergic sensitisation at five years, researchers in Finland analysed data on breastfeeding, age of solid food introduction and allergen-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels in 994 children with susceptibility to type-1 diabetes mellitus.
This paper provides an excellent outline of the various factors that may contribute to the sensitisation of the nervous system, with particular reference to symptomatic states that may arise by way of the musculoskeletal system.
Combined sensitisation, high exposure, and viral infection raised the risk of admission several fold.
For patients in the Free State who have persistent rhinitis symptoms outside the pollen season related to the indoor environment, testing for specific mite indoor allergen sensitisation is very important, both for institution of allergen avoidance measures and selection of the appropriate mite-specific avoidance measures, and for selection of the appropriate mite-specific immunotherapy vaccine to offer the patient a chance of cure.
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Allergen sensitivities of patients with allergic rhinitis in the Free State have been described, (1,2) with sensitisation patterns being similar in asthmatic patients.
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