Author: Swissallergy


Allergy prevention

PREVENTION: WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT? Allergies have increased in frequency in recent decades and are now one of the most common childhood diseases. Some success has been achieved in the treatment of allergic diseases. However, most treatments are only able to prevent the negative consequences of an allergy and…

Dog food and allergy

Nutrition is a multidisciplinary science that is both exciting and complex, and always the subject of debate and controversy among humans and pets. The dog is descended from certain wolf breeds. The most likely hypothesis is that this ancestor of the dog gradually acclimatised to the company of humans by…


Asthma is a disease of the airways and lungs. Asthma symptoms are coughing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing. Symptoms can be worse during the night or with exercise. Asthma can be caused by genetic or environmental factors. Air pollution and allergens are environmental factors. Treatments can help you…

Eczema, Urticaria

Eczema and Urticaria are two different manifestations of a skin allergy, but the main symptom is pruritus (itching). In eczema, there is generally a so-called contact form, caused directly by an allergenic external substance (treated in the chapter on contact allergies) and a more complex form, called eczema or atopic…

Medical treatment

MEDICINAL TREATMENTS: WHAT ARE THEY? Fortunately, effective and safe medicines exist for the treatment of allergies, which affect almost 30% of the population. The main drugs used are antihistamines, medicines to control allergic inflammation (cortisone derivatives for topical use, cromones and antileukotrienes) and bronchodilators to prevent bronchial contraction in asthmatics.…

Lactose intolerance – What’s now?

If you are lactose intolerant, you cannot break down lactose sufficiently. The consequences can be unpleasant. With a few tips, however, you can adjust the amount of lactose to your individual needs. But first, it is important to find out what is causing the symptoms. Abdominal pain and flatulence after…
Acute Allergy

Acute allergy

Acute allergies are characterised by the sudden onset of symptoms, i.e. they occur within seconds to minutes. In angioedema, the allergic reaction is limited to the deep layers of the skin and the underlying tissue. If acute allergic symptoms occur in organ systems that were not in direct contact with…


DESENSITISATION: WHAT IS IT? Classical immunotherapy or desensitisation consists of the subcutaneous administration of increasing doses of an allergen, allowing progressive natural exposure to that allergen without triggering an anaphylactic reaction. Although little is known about these mechanisms, specific desensitisation has been shown to be particularly effective in treating allergies…

Celiac disease

Celiac disease is a serious autoimmune disease that can be genetic. It’s triggered by consuming a product that contains a protein called gluten, which can predominantly be located in wheat, rye, and barley.
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