Most people eagerly await the moment when the weather starts to warm up and nature starts to revive. But for some people, these periods can turn into nightmares. Because in this process allergies are triggered. According to the latest figures, the incidence of allergies in the world has increased by 30-35%. Uz Dr. states that if it continues at this frequency, 50 percent of society, especially in our country, could be allergic by 2030. Ergi Hysi provided information on the reasons for the increase in allergies.
Uz. states that allergic reactions have been on the global agenda for 200 years. Dr Ergi Hysi said: “Spring allergy, eczema and food allergy have become the most common ailments today. We are all aware that we or the people around us experience more and more allergic reactions every day. According to new statistical information, the incidence of allergies has increased worldwide by 30-35 percent in recent years. This percentage is growing every year and has become a problem to be solved.
Breast milk is an important factor
Expressing that allergy is a process that starts at birth, Uz. Dr Ergi Hysi continued:
“During birth, the baby’s passage through the birth canal and encountering some bacteria during birth is the most valuable event that will help a new individual build its own immunity. Nowadays, the increase in cesarean deliveries brings allergy problems in newborn babies. Next, breastfeeding is an important factor. Although the intestinal flora of babies who are fed with sufficient breast milk form earlier and in a healthier way, upper respiratory tract infections are more common in babies who receive supplemental nutrients instead of breast milk. In addition, studies have found that children who spend the first few years of life outdoors and interact with animals such as cats and dogs significantly reduce the incidence of allergic reactions.
Unnecessary antibiotics can cause allergies
Underlining that excessive and unnecessary use of antibiotics in our country is another factor that increases allergy, Uz. Dr Hysi says: “Destroying the beneficial microbes that live in balance in our bodies, often with the help of antibiotics, paves the way for allergies. Particularly over the past winter, upper and lower respiratory tract infections caused by Covid-19, RSV and rhinovirus have caused significant susceptibility and caused respiratory responses similar to asthma. One also wonders what the effects will be of these viruses, which are known to be very strong on the respiratory tract. In addition to viruses, air pollution and smoking also have negative effects on allergies. Not only smoking, but also passive smoking increases allergic reactions. Recently, electronic cigarettes and hookahs have also become a cause of allergies.
Vitamin D deficiency has adverse consequences
“Vitamin D deficiency in the blood is also effective in allergies,” said Uz. Dr Ergi Hysi continued: “Low vitamin D ratios are a major factor in allergies and asthma. It is thought that vitamin D is not only involved in immune-protective reactions, but also reduces allergic reactions in the mucous membranes and skin. For this reason, vitamin D is one of the vitamins to give importance in the winter months. In addition to vitamin D, stress is also a condition that seriously increases allergies. Prolonged periods of stress are the best times to trigger allergic reactions. However, recurrent allergies are a serious condition that reduces quality of life. It doesn’t just affect the respiratory tract or skin; Frequent high and moderate allergic reactions can cause nervous system anxiety and depression. It is necessary to take precautions to reduce the risks of particularly serious and vital forms of allergy. Because there are also sudden and deadly allergic reactions that we call anaphylaxis. First of all, it is important to find out what kind of allergy you have and how to prevent it by consulting a specialist. Without precautions, it is projected that by 2030, 50 percent of the population, certainly in our country, will have an allergy. As a promising development, the introduction of the first oral immunotherapies approved in the US in 2020 is an important step towards opening new doors and finding solutions for them.”