As allergies can cause more symptoms than just a runny nose or an itchy throat and watery eyes, there are many signs to look out for when you suspect that you might be suffering from an allergy. More often than not allergy patients will also experience a feeling of a raised body temperature or malaise during allergy attacks.
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150 million Europeans are ‘trapped’ by allergy
The European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and Asthma-Allergy Denmark are launching an outstanding campaign with a high-impact street action to increase awareness of the burden and seriousness of allergy. Allergy is a public health problem of pandemic proportions that affects more than 150 million people in Europe, where it is the most common chronic disease1. According to experts, 1 out of every 3 children have an allergy2 and they expect the disease to affect more than 50% of all Europeans in 10 years’ time3. Furthermore, up to 1 in 5 allergic people suffer a serious debilitating disease and are in fear of death from a possible asthma attack or anaphylactic shock1. Anaphylaxis is a severe, generalised allergic reaction largely caused by food, drugs and insect bites3,4.
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Hymenoptera Venom Allergy
Dario Antolin-Amerigo MD, PhD. Servicio de Enfermedades del Sistema Inmune-Alergia. Hospital Universitario Principe de Asturias. Departamento de Medicina. Universidad de Alcala. Madrid. Spain.
Gunter Sturm MD, PhD. Associate Professor. Department of Dermatology. Medical University of Graz. Graz. Austria.
Ewa Cichocka-Jarosz MD, PhD. Associate Professor. Department of Pulmonology, Allergy and Dermatology. Jagiellonian University Medical College. Krakow. Poland
Due to the increase in outdoor activities and temperature during the summer, insect bites and stings are frequent reasons for consultation in any clinical setting, mainly in Dermatology and Allergy Departments. Most of them are due to mosquitoes; however emergency visits after stings from wasps or bees are relatively common. In general, hymenoptera (namely, mainly bees and wasps) are not aggressive, and they sting exclusively when threatened. Around 10% of the people who were stung develop an exaggerated cutaneous reaction called large local reaction (LLR).