In the face of allergies, desensitization is effective


The treatment which consists of “re-educating” the immune system is the only one to tackle the causes of the allergy in the long term.

Runny nose, watery eyes, repeated sneezing… Those affected know it: being allergic is not a cakewalk. Even less when things get complicated and give rise to asthma – allergies are the main cause of asthma – or, even worse, to anaphylactic shock.

It is estimated that around 30% of the French population is allergic to at least one allergen. A proportion that has continued to increase over the past fifty years, in particular because of air pollution, but not only. “Traveling makes us aware of allergens (trees, pollens, herbs, foods, etc.) that our body has never encountered before”underlines Sylvie Chollet-Martin, head of the biological immunology department at the Bichat hospital in Paris.

Fortunately, treatments have also progressed. Alongside medications aimed at alleviating symptoms (corticosteroids, antihistamines, etc.), it is now possible to tackle the cause of each allergy…

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