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Questions About Allergies

Questions and answers about Allergies

Pollution is it responsible for the allergy?

The pollution outside is often accused wrongly of being responsible for the increase in allergies and especially asthma. However, it is true that a peak pollution can promote a crisis in a person already allergic.

Asthma can be cured?

Yes, there are many forms of asthma may improve with age. In addition, if asthma is caused by a specific allergen (e.g. professional home), just that the subject is no longer in contact with it for it to heal.

The desensitization is effective?

They are very effective in the venom of Hymenoptera (wasps, Hornets ...): The success rate is 98%. It is 70% for dust mites and pollens. Desensitization is often disappointing for allergies to animals and molds. Finally, there is no desensitization for food allergies.

Allergy is the family?

Not always, but there are actually allergic families: one speaks of atopy, which is genetic. All family members may not have the same symptoms: the mother may suffer from asthma and children with eczema.

The main clinical signs

Respiratory symptoms (rhinitis, as hay fever, asthma and lung damage).
Causes: pollen, animal dander, dust mites and certain chemicals.

Skin manifestations (eczema, urticaria and angioedema).
Causes: drugs, foods and some chemicals.

More rarely: digestive symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea)

Even more rarely (3.2 cases per 100 000 inhabitants): anaphylactic shock. It is the most brutal expression of allergy. Anaphylactic shock begins with a rash on the neck and face, followed by swelling of the eyelids, tongue. In the third case, the patient also suffers from a dry cough. Then, there was a drop in blood pressure, which can trigger up to cardiac arrest and possibly death. For people who have already presented these symptoms, even in a less spectacular, it is advisable to carry around a syringe of epinephrine self-injection: this simple, provided you do not waste time, can save lives.