Allergy (allergic disease) which is treated in our private practice, is nothing more than the body’s overreaction to allergens.
Substances that trigger allergies are the so-called allergens. These could be pollens, fungal spores, animal hair, mites, certain foods, medicines, pesticides, microorganisms, heavy metals, latex or chemicals as well. Regarding the pollens in Hungary, a very large percentage of the population is allergic to ragweed and common wormwood plants, which cause the most problems for susceptible allergic patients from the beginning of August till the end of September. However, this summer type pollen allergy can also be treated if the allergic patient receives the very efficient immunotherapy a few months before the season. Immunotherapy has been an effective treatment for those who suffer from pollen allergy for many years, even in the case of grass allergies that appear in spring time.
The most common allergens enter the body through the respiratory tract (respiratory allergies), but there are allergens that get into the organism through the skin and the gastrointestinal tract. Entering substances are identified as foreign particles by the organism of the allergic patient and the body begins to produce antibodies (IgE) against them resulting in the development of an allergic inflammation.
Allergic symptoms mostly affect the airways, the eyes, the skin and the gastrointestinal tract.
Allergic symptoms affecting the respiratory tract are sneezing, watery runny nose, itchy nose, stuffy nose and often associated with ocular itching and tearing. This is the syndrome that we call hay fever (allergic rhinitis). These symptoms may be accompanied by coughing, difficult breathing or wheezing (breathing with a high-pitched sound) but these accompanying signs may also appear independently of the above symptoms – all may indicate the development of an asthma disease.
Dr. Helga Tóth our clinic’s pulmonologist, allergist-immunologist.
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Since allergic diseases are complex and their treatment requires great competence, the patient’s check-up needs to be completed under the professional guidance of a specialist in allergology. Untreated or ineffectively treated allergies may result in worsening conditions and badly affect the patient’s quality of life leading to e.g. sleep disorders, fatigue, poor performance in work or in school.
Allergy check-ups can reveal the causes behind the allergic complaints and by evaluating the results and determining the proper treatment the intensity of the symptoms can be reduced or even they can be eliminated. Allergen elimination could be a part of the therapy but this route is often not so effective or not feasible at all such as in the case of e.g. pollen allergy. By medication the complaints could be well controlled but after stopping it the symptoms will reappear again if allergens are still present. In certain cases there is an opportunity for the so-called allergen-immunotherapy which promotes not only the symptoms’ improvement but it may eliminate the cause of the disease in this way providing a long-term solution for the patient.
Respiratory allergy check-up at Panoráma Polyclinic
- survey of the patient’s detailed medical history
- physical check-up
- allergy examination (blood draw) by laboratory tests
- respiratory function
- therapy adjustment (medication or in certain cases immunotherapy)
- care and follow-up