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Occasionally, desensitization is used for penicillin allergy. This technique decreases your body's sensitivity to particular allergy-causing agents. Tiny amounts of penicillin are injected periodically in increasingly larger amounts until your immune system learns to tolerate the drug.

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SOURCES: Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD. Associate Director of Dermatopharmacology, Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; Co-Director of the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center; consultant for Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3-M. Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, Director of the Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant for Amgen and Genentech. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases web site. American Academy of Dermatology web site. WebMD Medical Reference with Healthwise: "Psoriasis." American Academy of Dermatology, PsoriasisNet web site. web site. Abel, E. "Dermatology III: Psoriaisis," ACP Medicine, April, 2005. National Psoriasis Foundation

 

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SOURCES: Bruce E. Strober, MD, PhD. Associate Director of Dermatopharmacology, Department of Dermatology, New York University School of Medicine; Co-Director of the Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Center; consultant for Amgen, Biogen, Genentech, Fujisawa, and 3-M. Jeffrey M. Weinberg, MD, Director of the Clinical Research Center, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York City; Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; consultant for Amgen and Genentech. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases web site. American Academy of Dermatology web site. WebMD Medical Reference with Healthwise: "Psoriasis." American Academy of Dermatology, PsoriasisNet web site. web site. Abel, E. "Dermatology III: Psoriaisis," ACP Medicine, April, 2005. National Psoriasis Foundation

 

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