Specific allergen treatment possible for atopic eczema

Allergens present in the air, known as aeroallergens, are causing not only respiratory allergies but also atopic eczema in some groups of patients. There have not been very many studies on using allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASIT) to treat atopic eczema, although ASIT has been used to treat respiratory allergies.

Studies suggest that ASIT is beneficial in treating patients with house dust mite allergy as well as those with birch or grass pollen sensitization. The investigation by the ZAUM, Centre for Allergy and Environment, Munich, Germany, concludes that patients suffering from atopic eczema with the relevant allergies may benefit from ASIT, and that past studies have over-estimated the side effects.

Source: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology

August 2012

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