Adults are more likely to experience a life-threatening reaction to an insect sting than children, with 3% of adults and 0.8% of children.
According to the recent WHO health report, asthma-related allergies affect nearly 235 million people and this number keeps growing.
Sun allergy impacts 20% of the population and women seem to be more affected than men, with first signs rising in early adulthood.
Seasonal allergies desensitization – how effective it is?
Allergy desensitization (also known as allergy immunotherapy) is a process that helps your body build tolerance towards a particular allergen. As we already mentioned, an allergic reaction happens when your immune system mistakenly attacks an allergen it considers a threat. This means a wide range of unpleasant symptoms and possible anaphylaxis for people suffering from allergies.
Immunotherapy is considered to be at least an option for some allergy sufferers because it gives them a chance to resume their old lifestyle habits.
Desensitization also offers long-term benefits to people allergic to drugs.
According to multiple studies, immune therapy directly affected asthma in children and minimized its symptoms. Additionally, people who received immunotherapy managed to beat grass pollen allergy after the two shots of grass pollen.
Bees, hornets, fire ants and yellow jackets are the stinging insects that usually provoke an allergic reaction. Non-stinging insects are as well responsible for allergic reactions; however, there is a significant difference between these two.
For instance, insects like dust mites and cockroaches can cause asthma and permanent allergic reactions, which isn’t the case with stinging insects, where we talk about a temporary reaction.
Mildew and mold are fungi, and in terms of growth and reproduction, they are quite different from plants and animals. Basically, their “seeds” or spores travel through the air, some of them spreading in windy, dry weather.
Inhaling these spores can cause an allergic reaction in some people, while spores are most active from July to early fall.
Women can develop allergies during pregnancy. However, one question lingers constantly: Do allergies worsen while in this delicate condition? It mostly depends on the woman and the severity of the allergy.
However, one-third of moms claimed their symptoms worsened during pregnancy; another third stated their symptoms remained the same, while another third found that their allergy symptoms improved.