General Facts on Allergies
Allergy-onset is usually during childhood. The first hey fever symptoms occur at the age of 3 and intensify within the next ten years. As more and more young people are affected an explosive increase in numbers is to be expected within the next few years.
Geneticists are increasingly convinced that there is no single “allergy-gene“, but that a variety of genes and other influences such as the environment are involved at various stages throughout the development of an atopic disease. The most common ENT-related allergic symptoms are sneezing attacks, watery sniffles and conjunctivitis with red, itchy and tearing eyes. Statistically, every third patient develops asthma. Heavily affected patients suffer immensly in their general well-being and psychologically.
One of the most common allergies is hey fever. About 10 million Germans suffer from it. Hey fever, however, has nothing to do with hey but with pollen from trees, grass, grains, shrubs, bushes and herbs. Therefore it is also related to as pollinosis or seasonal allergic sniff.
Due to global warming first allergic symptoms start in January (hazelnut pollen), move on to the birch tree pollen around Easter, grass pollen throughout summer and herbal pollen in autumn.
Year-Round and Insect Venom Allergies
The second most common allergy is caused by dust mites, or rather the little creature’s excretions which contain the actual allergens. They love warm, humid places of about 35°C which attracts them greatly to your bed. The allergic symptoms caused by dust mites usually persist throughout the entire year.
Animal hair, animal epithelium (cat, dog, horse) and feathers (ducks, geese) can also trigger an allergic reaction.
Furthermore, the immune system can react to mould, medicines (e.g. penicillin) and a variets of food which is usually a cross-sensitivity to birch tree and gras pollen.
2-4% of the German population is affected by insect venom allergies (mostly through wasp or bee stings). 10-20 people die of fatal insect stings every year but we can assume a high rate of unreported cases.
Allergy Related Diagnostics
A detailed case history is essential to the correct diagnosis which is why we recommend to keep an allergy-diary if there should be any doubt. This is then evaluated at our surgery.
Further well-known diagnostic methods are:
- Prick test: In oder for this quick and efficient skin test to work, the prick of a needle places drops of allergenic solutions superficially under the skin. 20 minutes any allergic reaction is clearly visible and measured.
- nasal allergic provocation test: The aerial pervasiveness of the nose is measured. Then a small amount of allergenic solution is sprayed onto the nasal mucous membrane. The aerial pervasiveness of the nose is measured and evaluated again about 10 minutes later. Sneezing and a runny nose are also possible allergic reactions to the allergenic solution.
- RAST-test: About 5ml of blood is taken and is sent to a specialized laboratory. Within a few days we are able to tell you how many antibodies to certain allergens are circulating in your blood.
- Bioresonance: The registration of negative vibes through bioresonance can detect allergies.
Eventhough traditional medicine rejects this method we have discovered amazing conformity when comparing results through bioresonance with the results of the methods mentioned above.
Treatment of Allergies
Avoiding allergens is top priority!
We can provide further information on how to avoid specific allergens at our surgery. Should avoidance prove to be impossible or not sufficient, we can offer various forms of treatment.
Hyposensitisation, the so called injection treatment, has the best chances of success according to the WHO. The patient receives a small injection once a month over a period of 3 to 4 years. 70-80% of the patients have symptomatic releaf after this treatment. Sometimes, the allergy also disappears completely.
This treatment costs about 2.000 to 3.000 Euros and is covered by the health insurances.
We also prescribe the necessary medication for acute cases of allergic symptoms.
If desired we also offer planning, execution and supervision of the following alternative medical methods:
- homeopathic hyposensitisation
- acupuncture (on Saturdays by Dr. Konrad-Schreiber)
- bioresonance therapy
However, there is hope for “apple allergy sufferers“. New kinds of apples such as Wellant, Rubinette and Santana are low on allergens and are often tolerated well. Also older varieties of apple can be tolerated. In our allergy consultation hours we explain how to cope with these food intolerances.
Vaccination and Allergies
Again and again it is claimed that vaccination during childhood have something to do with the development of allergies in later years. However, there is no scientifically justified proof of this.
However, reducing the amount of antibiotics and amount hygienic measures during childhood would be a sensible option for enhancing the immune system.
Allergo Journal 2004; 13, 365