Our body produces antibodies to fight off any foreign substances if and when they enter our body.
An allergy is an overreaction of our immune system to a specific substance.
Causes of allergies are not yet clear, but they say that it may be a change in one's living environment, the overexposure to a specific substance, or genetic.
Substances that cause allergy are known as "allergens," and below are the common allergens:
- Cedar pollen or Japanese cypress pollen
- Foods or medications
- House dust
Our immune system overreacts to the allergen(s) above, causing itchiness or pain, and sometimes causing dyspnea.
Some representative diseases onset by allergens include: atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), allergic conjuctiva, allergic gastroenteritis, bronchial asthma, infantile asthma, food allergy, medication allergy, and hives. Connective tissue disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, and alopecia areata are also forms of allergic symptoms caused by an immune disorder.
An allergy test (patch test or blood test) will be performed before treatment in order to determine the allergen(s) the patient is allergic to. Many people are allergic to several substances, so we will test for several allergens at the same time.
Treatment will vary according to what the patient is allergic to, but the most basic treatment is the avoidance and elimination of causative antigens. For allergies such as hay fever, there are also drug treatments and immunotherapy.
First, we will perform the necessary tests and ask you about your living environment, then suggest the appropriate treatment. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or concerns.
Sublingual immunotherapy is an allergen immunotherapy whereby the treatment drug is placed under the tongue for a few minutes, putting in small doses of allergen into the body, thereby gradually making the body immune to the allergen and alleviating any allergic symptoms.