Future in management of food allergies – recent achievements

digital illustration antibodiesFood allergies are very common in children (6-8%) and sometimes they can even be life-threatening. Also, the quality of life of young patients and their families is severely affected. Currently, therapy of allergy is limited to avoidance of allergens and “rescue” pharmacological treatment. More and more doctors believe that the future is in active approach to the problem. Anticipatory testing, early introduction of potential food allergens, and active tolerance induction are the basis of the new model of treatment. Read full text »

Early introduction of peanut to the diet for infants prevents the development of peanut allergy.

digital illustration antibodiesClinical studies have reported that early introduction of peanuts to the diet for infants proved to be safe and it caused reductions in development of peanut allergy in 81%. The Studies concerned with infants who were in a group of high risk of developing allergy. The research was supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is part of the National Institutes of Health, and were conducted by the Immune Tolerance Network (ITN). The results of the research appeared on the pages of the New England Journal of Medicine and were presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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Ultra-rush sublingual immunotherapy – safe and clinically efficient treatment for allergic rhinitis

Sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) due to its convenient administration and clinical efficiency has become popular treatment option for allergic diseases in Europe. Recently, the group of Indian scientists (Balaji R et al.) evaluated safety, tolerability and clinical efficacy of ultra-rush sublingual immunotherapy among patients suffering from allergic rhinitis (AR). The results of the study, which were published in “Allergologia et immunopatologia”, confirmed the thesis that this novel therapy might reduce symptoms of AR without risk of severe adverse effects. Ultra-rush sublingual immunotherapy with short period of treatment can have better compliance. Read full text »

Cursed mold

Exposure to mold during infancy increases the risk of asthma. Tendency to development of asthma is three times higher among children living in mold contaminated areas. More on this topic can be found in the August issue of Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). Read full text »

Does Helicobacter pylori infection protect against asthma?

Gastric bacterium Helicobacter pylori causes ulcer disease. New results published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation revealed that infection protects against allergy-induced asthma. Read full text »