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Hail fever is a serious disease

You can order a T-shirt online, "Hatschi!" And a little below: "Hello in the allergy language". Of course, there is hardly a sentence that someone would not put on a shirt at any time, even at the slightest joke. But it's interesting to think about it: There are not many diseases people dare to publicly joke about.

This very difficult and long pollen season sounds this year. Hay fever has become the most common chronic disease in society and more and more people are affected because climate change and pollution are prolonging the pollen season and make the allergen more aggressive. According to Robert Koch's research, more than 30 percent of children and more than 20 percent of adults experience at least one allergic disease during their lifetime. However, only ten percent of those who were affected would be treated as experts predict, says Torsten Zuberbier, head of the Berlin Charité Allergy Center.

Better to suffer a little, but do not take the pill. Hay fever is underestimated as a disease.

But why? Because it's just cold to sneeze? Because people who suffer from allergies are also convinced that many non-allergic people think: Come on, do not you like that? Allergies, so clear, have a problem with the picture. On one hand, says Zuberbier, an allergy researcher, that is positive: people talk about allergies. "No one is talking about the athlete's foot during dinner, on the other hand, it can be said about allergies." On the other hand, there is trivialization, and everyone who has an allergic cold and complains instead of compassion is a typical patient who knows Zuberbier from experience, usually keeps him in this way: he would rather have suffered but would not take the pill. The hay fever is underestimated as a disease.

Weak attack, watery and itchy eyes

Allergies are an exaggerated reaction to the immune system, which actually protects the harmless proteins in the game as dangerous. It activates antibodies whose original purpose was to fight parasites to quickly expel attackers from the body. It releases the substance histamine, which causes typical symptoms: sneezing attacks, watery and itchy eyes, runny nose, skin rash or difficulty breathing.

40 percent of patients with untreated turbid fever develop allergic asthma.

If the allergy is not treated properly, the consequences can be drastic, because the immune system still receives the wrong message, according to Zuberbier, to be even more opposed. 40 percent of patients with untreated turbid fever develop allergic asthma. In addition, so zuberbier, they threaten chronic inflammation of the paranasal sinus. And if nasal breathing is blocked, there is a long-term risk of stroke and hypertension.

The consequences in the world of work are enormous

Research shows that untreated allergies have not only health consequences. Students with a feverish fever would have 40 percent chance to drop at least one class, says Zuberbier. And the consequences are enormous in the world of work: the ability to concentrate decreases by ten to thirty percent. Comparable to the cold. "A person is pulled to work, but it's not effective. You are slower and not as good as you are without cold," says Zuberbier.

The allergy researcher has calculated in a study with colleagues who are allergic to avoid costing 100 billion euros a year for the economy. And there is also a funny Hatschi, a "good day" in the language of people who suffer from allergies. In a scientific study, at least seven percent of the respondents reported that their allergy had ever contributed to a car accident or a car accident – particularly sneezing, as Zuberbier explains: Because the reflexes of the sneezing eye close.

In addition to symptomatic treatment, people suffering from allergies should also be caught in the cause of the disease.

From where, then, is the problematic picture of allergies and its social trivialization in all these dangers? The doctors start medical studies themselves, Zuberbier believes. Allergies are only treated marginally. "All the primary health care doctors got such a coin." The allergy researcher also does not meet the tenor in many media attachments.

Articles about diabetes or stroke would be written more seriously, while allergies would be more beautiful, mostly as a "problematic complaint". "Look at the often ridiculous illustrations of allergy in the media, and the article about heart attack is always illustrated with at least one suffering," says Zuberbier. Mmm. There he is right.

Immunotherapy or hypo-sensitization

And yes, indeed: There seems to be still a lack of education on the consequences and methods of treating allergies. Anyone who misses, says Zuberbier, can be said to be wrong with him. Depending on the symptoms, proper treatment may include the use of eye drops, modern nasal sprays that are no longer in the bloodstream and modern antihistamine tablets that will not make you tired a few years ago. In addition to symptomatic treatment, allergy sufferers should be caught in a causal way: by continuous immunotherapy or hypo sensitization, in which the immune system is used to inject small amounts of the corresponding pollen allergen. It helps somebody.

Of course, there are other approaches. Japanese physician Koichiro Fujita, for example, consumed salmon devastated by parasites and thus brewed a ten-meter long Japanese fish ribbon in the intestines. Parasites, including his idea, keep the immune system under control. Finally, the immune system attacks the harmless pollen only when insufficiently used. At that time, Fujita discovered that sometimes there was a sledgehammer because his hose was only nine meters long and he had to cut off a worm every month. Ultimately, the effort should be paid: Fujita has gone hard, from 85 to 70 kilograms, but with allergies no more problems. Do not imitate.

(Editors Tamedia)

Created on: 24.06.2019, 17:47