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- What is Allergy?
- Is Allergy Common?
- Is Allergy Growing?
- What is an Allergen?
- Can Allergy be trasmited to my son?
- Which are the commonest causes of Allergy in our area?
- Do patients get well with the rain?
- Should I stop my Allergy drugs if I get pregnant?
- Can I have allergy to a raw food but tolerate it when cooked?
- Can I be allergic to penicillin if I had no problem with it previously?
- What age is better to do Allergy skin test to a baby?
- What are Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)?
- Who should get vaccinated with Allergy shots?
- Antiallergic products are really useful?
What is Allergy?It is an abnormal reaction of the defense system of the body to harmless substances. These substances are known as allergens.
Is Allergy Common?Inb our enviroment one out of every five pople have or will have an allergic disease in their life. This means some seve million Spaniards suffer or will suffer Allergy.
Is Allergy Growing?Indeed it is growing, but there is not a definitive answer for this rise. Pollution, way of life and food habits may be the key.
What is an Allergen?Allergens are the substances culprit of the allergic reaction. Normally they are proteins.
Can Allergy be trasmited to my son?Allergic patients may trasmit the tendency to their descendants to become allergic. This propensity, along with an environmental exposition (plant or tree pollen, dust mites) may lead to Allergy.
The general risk to become allergic is around 10-15%. If one of the parents suffers allergy, chances are up to 50% to suffer Allergy in the children, and up to 70% if both parents suffer Allergy.
Which are the commonest causes of Allergy in our area?Half of the allergic patients in Andalucia suffer house dust mite allergy. The other half are allergic to pollen, mainly olive tree, grass pollen, wall pellitory and mugwort/goosefoot. An unique patient may be allergic to a few allergens.
Do patients get well with the rain?The rain has an atmosphere cleaning effect, getting down to the ground the particles on the air, as pollen.
Should I stop my Allergy drugs if I get pregnant?You should check your doctor if you suffer asthma and get pregnant. Stopping your current medication could be even more harmful both to the patient and the fetus. In the event of an asthma crisis it is very likely that the need of medicaction may be even bigger than maintenance treatment. Then it has no sense to stop your low dose preventive treatment and then need higher dosis in the crisis.
Can I have allergy to a raw food but tolerate it when cooked?Theoreticalley the making of the food (as boiling, frying, etc) can alter the chemical structure of it. Nonetheles most of the time the protein responsible of the symptos is thermostable, meaning it can stand the temperature without loosing its allergenic ability.
Can I be allergic to penicillin if I had no problem with it previously?
What age is better to do Allergy skin test to a baby?There is no ideal age to make allergy skin test. Due to the baby state of develpment, to have a negative test does not rule out Allergy.
What are Allergy Shots (Immunotherapy)?
Who should get vaccinated with Allergy shots?
Antiallergic products are really useful?The word “antiallergic” (“against Allergy”) is incorrect to mention productos that do not cause Allergy. They should be termed as “hypoallergenic”.