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50% of Dominicans have allergies

Half of the Dominican population suffers from some kind of allergy, according a panel of medical specialists representing the Dominican Society of Allergies, Asthma and Clinical Immunology told El Nacional.

Nevertheless, the doctors said that most patients only seek medical care when experiencing extreme allergic symptoms.

They warned that allergies could unleash complications leading to serious illnesses. For example, untreated asthma can become pulmonary emphysema, rhinitis can become pulmonary hypertension and atopic dermatitis can affect emotional states.

The comments were made by physicians Jose Gonzalez Cano, Juan A. Giraldez Casasnovas, Antonio Almodovar Hache and Fernando Batlle Perez, president and directors of the Dominican Allergy Society during an interview with Listin Diario journalists.

They warned that allergic problems were on the rise because of environmental factors, including increased pollution from vehicles, industry and power plants. Other reasons are side effects of medications, increased consumption of fast food with low nutritional value, preservatives in food products, and increased mobility of the population. Other common allergens include dust, pollen, dog and cat hairs and bird feathers, and insect bites.

They commented that asthma used to be treated by pulmonologists but it is now preferable to get diagnoses from allergy specialists because most cases are caused by external factors. Allergies are usually manifested in breathing and digestive problems and in the skin.

They also mentioned common allergies to cow’s milk, eggs, seafood and fish, peanuts and soy.

The physicians pointed out that there is a misconception that children are allergic to lactose, when it is actually the protein in cow’s milk that causes adverse reactions. They also observed that mites could often be found in pancake flour or other stored goods. They recommended buying smaller packages or storing open packages in the freezer.

They said that people who know they are allergic should avoid consuming known allergens and taking allergic suppressants.

The doctors also warned the public about the dangers of self-medication and sharing medicines with friends.

Source: Dr1, Listindiario

March 12, 2016

Category: DR News |

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