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It seems allergies are becoming more commonplace and awareness of allergies is increasing. From food allergies to environmental allergies, many people talk about how much they are suffering. People who have never suffered with allergies find themselves experiencing new allergic reactions. Lifelong sufferers are finding their symptoms more frequent, extreme, and long-lasting. Allergies affect children (even newborns) and adults. In the midst of so much suffering, is there any good news for the future of allergies and treatments?
Allergists like Dr. Hadjiev here in New York City are working every day to bring healing so allergy patients can experience a better future.
Following are just a few of the areas where research is targeting allergies to bring about better future treatments for allergy sufferers:
Immunotherapy is a medical intervention designed to slowly introduce a small and controlled amount of an identified allergen into the body. The purpose is to help the body become less sensitive to the allergen, to help minimize allergic reactions over time.
Historically, immunotherapy for allergies has been given by injection into the skin – commonly known as allergy shots. Tablets have been introduced and approved on a limited basis for hay fever and dust mites. Immunotherapy has been most adaptable and effective for environmental allergies. It has been considered ineffective or risky for food allergies because of the danger of severe and immediate allergic reactions.
Much international research has targeted possible new methods of immunotherapy with hopes for the future. One alternative being examined is the potential use of sublingual drops. This method is still being studied and evaluated by many allergy treatment regulatory bodies worldwide.
Research is targeting more effective and rapid methods for immunotherapy. While allergy patients have achieved significant improvement through immunotherapy, the process takes time because the allergens are introduced slowly and in small amounts. Researchers are hoping to find safe and effective ways to speed up this process.
Research shows the effectiveness of epinephrine for anaphylaxis. Those epinephrine prescriptions save lives. Prescriptions must be accompanied by an emergency treatment and response plan. The patient and family need to be taught ahead of time what steps to take in a severe allergic reaction.
Research also shows how epinephrine is not utilized as much as it should be, especially for children. The future of treatment for allergies will ideally include better utilization of epinephrine to help children recover from severe allergic reactions. Here in New York City, our allergist, Dr. Hadjiev, will be your family’s partner in creating the best treatment and emergency plan for your child’s severe allergies.
The future of treatment for food allergies includes elimination of trigger foods from a person’s diet. Thanks to research and greater public awareness, food companies are becoming more compliant about disclosing potential allergens. Individuals with allergies have also become more aware of how to read food labels and learn what ingredients to avoid.
While allergy education for the public is still a work in progress, people are increasingly aware to be sensitive to those with food allergies. In classrooms, on student field trips, at catered work conferences, and at public events, common allergens like tree nuts and peanuts are often omitted from menus. For other types of food allergies, individuals have the ability to request alternatives, even for catered box lunches at conferences.
Allergists like Dr. Hadjiev here in New York City help to create public awareness and provide ongoing patient education. Through testing and a comprehensive treatment plan, our allergist can help you make the best dietary decisions regarding your food allergies.
While it seems more people are becoming allergic, and you may hear about allergies more often, there is good news after all. Research, awareness, education, testing, and treatment plans are all promising for the future of allergies.
If you suffer from allergies and want to start your better life today, call Dr. Hadjiev today at 212-319-5282, New York City’s allergist who is working for your future.