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sensitization

 [sen″sĭ-tĭ-za´shun]
2. exposure to allergen that results in the development of hypersensitivity.
3. the coating of erythrocytes with antibody so that they are subject to lysis by complement in the presence of homologous antigen, the first stage of a complement fixation test.
autoerythrocyte sensitization see autoerythrocyte sensitization syndrome.

sen·si·ti·za·tion

(sen'si-ti-zā'shŭn),
1. Immunization, especially with reference to antigens (immunogens) not associated with infection; the induction of acquired sensitivity or of allergy.
2. In substance use/abuse parlance, the increased response seen to subsequent administration of the substance.

sensitization

Immunology The process in which a person acquires the ability to react to an antigen, usually of nonself origin. See Secondary–immune response. Cf Primary–immune response.

sen·si·ti·za·tion

(sen'si-tī-zā'shŭn)
Immunization, especially with reference to antigens (immunogens) not associated with infection; the induction of acquired sensitivity or of allergy.

sensitization

The preliminary exposure of a person to an ALLERGEN that leads to ANTIBODY production by the immune system and, on subsequent exposure, to an ALLERGIC or hypersensitivity reaction. Immunoglobulin Type E (IgE) is the main type of antibody involved.

sensitization

the state in which an enhanced IMMUNE RESPONSE is provoked by a second exposure to an ANTIGEN. This may be an allergic response (see ALLERGY).

sensitization 

1. A state or condition in which the response to a second or later stimulus (e.g. a drug) is greater than the response to the original stimulus (e.g. first administration of the drug). 2. The process in which exposure to an antigen results in the development of hypersensitivity.

sen·si·ti·za·tion

(sen'si-tī-zā'shŭn)
1. Immunization, especially with reference to antigens (immunogens) not associated with infection; induction of acquired sensitivity or of allergy.
2. In substance use/abuse parlance, increased response seen to subsequent administration of the substance.

Patient discussion about sensitization

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).

You may read more here:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/cancerchemotherapy.html

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