Medical developments of allergies research
Scientists have made considerable strides in understanding the underpinnings of allergic reactions and refining the treatments.
New medications and therapies are constantly being developed.
For example, we already have mediator blockers on the market.
Vaccines that block IgE production and may prevent the allergic response by turning off the mast cells’ mediator release are in the early testing phase.
So the future looks bright for better allergy control.
Even today, more than 90 percent of those with hay fever and allergic rhinitis can effectively control their symptoms and keep down the discomfort, minimizing troublesome side effects.
Many asthma sufferers can now manage their disease effectively with the new array of anti-inflammatory medications.
But much remains to be done in educating, asthmatics and their caregivers about the disease, and helping asthmatics develop an action plan for their symptoms.
Controlling and Living with Allergies
For most people, allergy symptoms are unpleasant and aggravating but not life-endangering. They can generally be adequately treated with over-the-counter antihistamines and other non-prescription medications.
People with more severe allergies, or whose symptoms don’t respond to over-the-counter remedies, may require ongoing care by a physician.
In many cases, especially when there is an inherited pre-disposition.
To “cure” is not possible at this stage and hope that there will be allergy breakthroughs and people must learn to live with their allergies for the time being.
This can be difficult at first, and some people resent the changes in lifestyle imposed by their allergic disorder, especially a severe one such as chronic hives or asthma.
A serious allergy problem can dramatically undermine self-perception, and some people get depressed to the point of requiring antidepressant therapy.
Others deal with the allergy by denying its existence, and even reject or neglect to follow the suggested treatment.
But once people accept and adapt to having a chronic disorder — one that’s likely to last a lifetime — they have overcome the main hurdle in managing it and getting on with their lives.
For more information to clarify what an allergy actually is refer to this post.
The best bet is to aim for “control” — keeping the discomfort (and possible danger) at bay.
This is eminently achievable in most cases, with appropriate medical advice.
The key is to remove or avoid the offending allergens if possible, use medications wisely and seek specialized help when needed. The host of new medications now available, properly prescribed and properly used, allow many allergy sufferers to lead normal lives.
Immunotherapy, one of the oldest therapies for allergy, is being refined, and there are now clear guidelines for its use.
Purified allergen extracts have been developed and studies have identified those most likely to benefit from allergy shots, with minimal risk. For some people, immunotherapy now ranks as an allergy “cure.”
However, not all allergy treatment is a success story.
Food allergy, for example, is still managed more or less as it was in the time of Hippocrates: “If it makes you sick, don’t eat it.” No new drugs or therapies are yet on the horizon for food allergy.
Severe eczema, chronic hives and contact dermatitis remain major problems for many thousands of sufferers.
One stumbling block is the scarcity of accurate statistics.
It’s hard to know, for example, the extent to which peanut allergy is increasing, because there are no accurate statistics on its incidence in the first place, or on the number of North Americans who die every year from peanut or any other kind of allergy.
Allergy awareness is on the rise these days, and allergy associations have offices to increase public education of medical developments and allergy breakthroughs. These associations disseminate information and help those living with allergies.
Publicity and education about allergies and the potential dangers of severe reactions have increased public awareness of the problems and needs of allergic people — for instance, in regard to home design, and building and furnishing materials.
Experimental “allergy-free” homes are being constructed as prototypes of less allergy-provoking environments to live in.
Food labels are becoming more accurate but many still don’t clearly list all ingredients.
Allergy associations are publishing guidelines for protecting severely food-allergic children in schools; many cafes and restaurants now offer “allergy-free” menus.
There are also new guidelines for protecting latex-sensitive healthcare workers.
Attempts to minimize allergic reactions by avoidance tactics can be time-consuming, tiring and expensive.
People with allergies can apply to allergy and asthma associations for consumer information on allergy-free products, home-cleaning strategies and general information about their disease.
A diversity of anti-allergy medications, in different forms and varied dispensers, is flooding the market, and it’s best to consult a physician about which ones suit your particular allergic situation.
It’s crucial to understand the action of and side side effects of the pharmaceutical.
Tips on adjusting to an allergic disorder
• Communicate the problem to those close to you, and to your care givers, to gain support and aid in achieving control.
• Ask physicians to clearly explain the treatment prescribed and why it’s suggested. If you don’t understand, ask for a repeat explanation.
• Discuss your concerns with caregivers.
• Always have your doctor’s phone number handy, in case of need. They may also have knowledge of Medical developments and Allergy breakthroughs
• If cigarette smoke, perfumes or other irritants aggravate your allergy. speak out!
• If your condition seems to worsen, or becomes suddenly severe, advise those close to you and call for medical help; don’t deny Its severity and try to “tough it out.”
• If you’re an asthma sufferer, don’t be over complacent, understand your disease, and get specialized medical advice in managing it
Always ask if you have any doubts. How the medicine should be used (especially for inhaled medications), the right dosage and timing,
and any side affects to watch for. It’s also necessary to ask about possible interactions with other drugs you take. As some combinations may cause ill effects or the drugs may cancel each other out.
In cases of really severe allergic reactions- particularly asthma the balance of precaution and normal life is a personal matter.
The approach of downplaying even a life-threatening allergy may seem rational and calm to some, but heartless and blasé — even foolhardy — to others. Much depends on the maturity and the personalities of the people involved.
Remember that much ongoing allergies research is being conducted which will lead to Medical developments and allergy breakthroughs.
Allergies research will bring about new solutions, and new products are constantly coming onto the market.
Medical developments and allergies research. In some aspects there are developments and real allergy breakthroughs. In many areas particularly the broad area of food there is much research required in this complex area of health management.