New ambrosia allergy treatment option - Global warming is also expected to increase ragweed allergies 2

New ambrosia allergy treatment option – Global warming is also expected to increase ragweed allergies

07/10/2019 – 14:59

ALK-Abelló Arzneimittel GmbH

New ambrosia allergy treatment option - Global warming is also expected to increase ragweed allergies

Hamburg (ots)

Ambrosia is a highly allergenic plant. Originally from North America, it is also expanding in Germany. Typical symptoms are similar to those of grasshopper or pollen allergy: itching, sneezing, runny nose or clogged nose, but dry cough, tightness in the chest, and difficulty breathing. These symptoms usually occur in the late summer. In addition to Ambrosia, a large plant allergy is also a problem: As many as ten pollen pollen per cubic meter of air can cause allergy or even asthma attacks. "In many allergic people, the inflammation goes from the upper to the lower respiratory tract, then chronic inflammation and asthma can develop," explains Prof. Dr. Honey. honey. Kleine-Tebbe, Berlin allergist. "In the US, ambrosia is considered to be a major driver of seasonal asthma and this development can only be halted by hyposensitization."

Such treatment is now available with a new allergen tablet. These fast-dissolving tablets are a modern form of hypo-sensitization that can cure the cause of an allergy. The principle of this treatment is simple: regular application of standardized allergen extracts – in this case pollen ragweed – the immune system should develop allergen tolerance and ideally stop the allergic reaction altogether. Hypersensitivity has been a successful treatment concept for decades. For a long time, this treatment was merely a syringe therapy, which is performed by a doctor, but is now available in the form of tablets or drops. This form of therapy requires fewer doctor visits and can be performed alone at home after the first dose. The tablets or drops are placed under the tongue once a day for about three years.

In Germany the hitherto undemanding ambrosia plant is mainly in roads, construction sites or arable fields. Among other things, the distribution is based on imported seeds. Ambrosia has been spreading for several years also for bird feed. In addition, pollen can fly thousands of miles. In the long run, scientists expect that the incidence of ragweed allergies will increase. The reason for this is global warming, with which the climatic conditions for the plant in this country are improving – to the dismay of the diseased allergic persons. "Fortunately, ambrosia allergy does not occur as often in Germany as in the US," explains prof. Dr. Honey. Kleine-Tebbe. "Mostly, pollen ragweed causes allergy sufferers to respond to swamp plant pollen – and vice versa. Which allergen is responsible for the allergic reactions needs to be clarified with a medical test."

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