The world is consumed with change – climate change, politics of change, governance change are just a few of the terms you have to contend with in ever day life. Lurking in the background is a raging public health issue that is now bordering on pandemic proportions. This health issue is consuming almost 50 percent of the population in Europe and known worldwide as allergy. Estimations (by EAACI – European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology) report that in just nine years half the number of persons living in Europe will be a candidate for suffering from some form of allergy. At risk are the mothers-to-be for allergies during pregnancy can be passed on to the babies.
Types of allergies
Allergies can be of different kinds
- Allergy to pollens
- Allergy to foods
- Allergy to environmental factors such as dust and mites
- Allergy to chemicals
Till recent the allergy known as asthma has been considered a disease or to put it succinctly a disease burden. The EAACI has created a strong grass root effort in the battle for this disease to be made preventable and over time control the burden that makes it manageable.
Advocacy for prevention
The impact of allergic diseases is direct both on economics of family and country as well as societal. Economic studies have calculated that loss in productivity as a direct result of allergic rhinitis and asthma is staggering while the fear of getting asthma attacks prevents people from performing their best.
Allergies and pregnancy perform dangerously in tandem resulting in growth of allergic diseases that are parallel to other factors undergoing change on planet Earth such as – climate change, urbanisation and increased pollution.
Prevention is the best form of control to reduce this growing burden. These are recommended methodologies that have proved its efficacy in trials.
AIT – allergen immunotherapy has showed that prevention of allergic rhinitis due to exposure of pollens (grass) inhibits asthma and its effect and the treatment works for up to 7 years (Ref: Schmitt et al., 2015 and Jacobsen et al., 2007)
Controlling allergy with food – Food rich in vitamin C, E and D (such as fish and fruits) when consumed during pregnancy can prevent sneeze and control asthma (Ref: Garcia-Larsen et al., 2015). This method has proved conclusively that the benefits are directly passed on to the offspring.
Lifestyle changes have also proven effective in controlling asthma allergy. Sedentary lifestyle (watching too much television or engrossed in multimedia devices) leading to decreased physical activity have a direct bearing on bronchial hyperactivity due to shallow breathing. Indoor allergens such as dust and mites become more sensitive as the lungs lose the protection that arises from deep breathing.
EAACI as one of the foremost organisations in the field of clinical immunology is creating awareness among policy makers and other stakeholders to coordinate and take action in the prevention aspects of allergy control. The methods are simple and have far reaching economic benefits – more than any trade treaty or globalization solution.
Ethan Moore is a well known writer providing informative articles on internet to spread awareness. He has written articles for many categories and now he is writing about Allergies and pregnancy .