If you suspect an allergy, you need to contact a good doctor, who will prescribe studies and, if necessary, competent therapy. To date, ASIT (allergen-specific immunotherapy) is the only treatment method that affects the very cause of the disease, and after the termination of therapy, the symptoms of the disease do not resume. In the process of ASIT, complex reactions are carried out in the body’s immune system, as a result of which the immune response is switched from allergic to normal. The effectiveness of the method is about 80%.
As a matter of fact. Allergy is a protective reaction of the immune system: it identifies some substances in contact with the body as harmful and potentially dangerous (commonly called allergens ) and tries to get rid of them with all its might. That is why there is a cough, itching, lacrimation.
Allergens do not accumulate in the body. According to an allergist-immunologist Umar Khasanov, “there is no pocket where allergens could accumulate.” This myth, as the doctor says, arose because, for example, when overeating a product, allergic reactions occur and they are confused with allergic attacks. “A dose-dependent effect is characteristic of these reactions: for example, if a child eats a small piece of chocolate, everything is in order, and if the bar increases atopic dermatitis or other manifestations are possible.” That is why, the doctor emphasizes, it is absolutely pointless to take sorbents for allergies.
This myth may also be associated with some allergy features. For example, with the fact that it can manifest itself anytime and anytime. It can occur both in childhood and in adulthood. Predicting the “response” of the body is quite difficult: even if a person always has the same reaction to a product, at some point it may very well change.
Myth: antibacterial soap is better than usual.
We wrote about it a million times (and we will write exactly the same amount): good hand hygiene is an excellent daily prevention of infections, including SARS. Nevertheless, the usual soap for this prevention is quite enough. Here is what the infectious disease specialist Dmitry Troshchansky says in the book “ Wallpaper-killers, poisonous water and a seducing chair ” by medical editor Daria Sargsyan: “Hygienic hand washing is not a strict disinfection, but only mechanical and“ chemical ”(using soap fatty acids) removal dirt and germs. This is quite enough from a hygiene position. But for medical workers, the use of antiseptics is important. ”
By the way, hands also need to be washed correctly. The recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention look like this:
- Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
- Soap your hands, paying attention to the back of the hand, the space between the fingers and under the nails.
- The process should last at least 20 seconds. At the same time, you can do without a special timer: it’s enough to sing the Happy Birthday song twice from beginning to end (of course, you can create your own repertoire).
- Turn on the water and rinse off the soap.
- Dry your hands with a clean towel.
In situations where soap and water is not available, you can use sanitizers and napkins. This is better than nothing (but if the package says that they allegedly kill any specific bacteria and viruses, do not believe it ).
As for the antibacterial soap, there is apparently not much real benefit from it, but there is potential harm. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not recommend it and even banned the antibacterial soap of striclosan (and 18 other antibacterial substances).
The fact is that in the first minutes and even hours the effectiveness of the antibacterial soap with triclosan, which is usually responsible for the destruction of bacteria, is not very different from the action of ordinary soap. However, there is a suspicion that triclosan provokes antibiotic resistance – after it only antibiotic-resistant bacteria survive, and this is very dangerous. In January, WHO published an annual list of ten global threats to humanity, which, in addition to air pollution and deliberate abandonment of vaccination, included the emergence of new antibiotic-resistant infections. In their report, WHO representatives emphasize: the resistance of bacteria, fungi, parasites to antimicrobials threatens to push humanity far back – at a time when we could not save people with infections such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea and salmonellosis.