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Are You Suffering From Severe Allergies?

The human immune system is crucial to our ongoing health. It is a powerful biological system that is finely balanced and aggressively enters combat with pathogens that enter the body. In this context, it is a powerful defender of our health and does wonders to keep us alive from birth until death. Unfortunately, it is also a system that is sometimes prone to failing, and at these times it can quite literally attack parts of our bodies.

How Can an Immunologist Help?

We know now that conditions such as asthma, are actually tied to our immune system. Indeed, it seems that people with asthma are actually more likely to suffer from skin conditions such as eczema. Unfortunately, we are still learning about how our immune system interacts with the environment and our bodies, and this is where the key to immune disorders seems to lie.

Whether you have asthma, skin allergies, or an auto-immune condition, seeing an immunology specialist is a critical component of ongoing health care and health management. Here is how an immunologist can help:

  • Skin testing: It is not uncommon for many people to suffer from rashes, hives, eczema, and other skin conditions. In many cases, the causes of these conditions are Most often, it is an immune response by the body due to the presence of something in the environment. In these cases, we say that a person is allergic to an environmental factor, such as pet dander, grass seeds, mould, plants, food, and so on. An immunologist can conduct a special skin test that will identify, in most cases, the cause of these allergic reactions.
  • Immunotherapy: People who are already immune-compromised are likely to see an immunologist for special medical treatment. This may involve the application of creams or the injection of special medications that strengthen the immune system temporarily.
  • Food intake: Food allergies are very common indeed, and this can cause a raft of behavioural responses, especially in young children. Identifying the food additives and other chemicals in these cases is crucial to the management of food intake. If you have a child that you believe is allergic to a food additive, such as a food colouring agent, it is worth taking them to see an immunologist to have them tested and for advice about special dietary requirements and dietary modifications that can be made.

Looking After Your Body

The immune system is our first line of defence against pathogens and other factors in our environment. In some people, allergies can occur that stimulate the immune system into overdrive. This can be minor, as in the case of hay fever, but it can also be a major condition with serious implications, such as multiple sclerosis. An immunology doctor understands the immune system and can help us to manage our allergies and other immune-related conditions.