An allergy is a kind of inflammation that develops on the skin or mucous membranes as a result of a flawed reaction by the immune system. Allergens, such as pollen, pet hair or house dust mites, are responsible for this. The symptoms range from an allergic runny nose to eczema.
Generally, an allergy can be diagnosed using different skin tests or a blood test. A personal treatment plan is devised using these results and the presenting symptoms. The main focus is on elimination, leaving out the allergen.
Allergy symptoms can mainly be alleviated using allergen immunotherapy. With this specific vaccination treatment, tiny amounts of the allergen are injected into the skin during several treatments. The consequence: the immune system reacts with a protective function making the substances triggering the allergy unharmful.