Allergy is called the epidemic of the XXI century, or the price of social welfare. Its explosive growth began with the generation of people born after 1960.
Today, every tenth inhabitant of Russia according to official statistics is allergic. In some countries this figure reaches 30 percent or more, and experts from the world health organization predict that humanity in the XXI century the global epidemic of Allergy.
the TV channel “Russia 1” correspondent member of RAS, Professor, Director of the St. Petersburg Institute of Bioregulation and gerontology Vladimir Khavinson and doctor of medical Sciences, Professor, President of Russian society of anti-aging medicine Svetlana Trofimova explain the causes of allergies and if she somehow resist.
Doctors say that the main cause of allergies is excessive hygiene.
Dr. Khavinson explains that previously, several millennia ago, people, in fact, was part of nature. But once people began to break away from her, then stopped in a timely manner to stabilize to certain antigens that exist in the environment: to animals, plants, and so on.
the Immune system of the person in this relatively short period of time (in the light of evolution) has not changed, and eventually began to perceive even common substances as enemies for your body.
Experts cite a historical example: who lived 200 years ago, the physician Charles Blackley, patients who were the elite of London, found that people of high status more likely to suffer from asthma than ordinary people, although in the homes of the upper light worked many servants that everything is constantly washed and cleaned.
another factor, said Dr. mills, is lack of vitamin D.
it can be Obtained from two sources: under the action of sunlight and from certain foods, which also contribute to its better absorption by the body.
Experts advise to spend time in the sun at least an hour a day it’s important for both children and adults.
Another factor is the impact of the urban environment.
this is an age of progress, and around us a lot of substances that are alien or foreign to our body. In particular, various chemicals which can provoke a hypersensitivity of our immune system with the development of allergic reactions, say doctors.
as for allergies in children, it can provoke the toys without the necessary certificate.
caution should apply to canned products, to which you add a large number of oxidants, stabilizers — they can also cause allergic reactions in our body.
“If we see that the product can be stored for a month or six months – one hundred percent there are chemical preservatives, and this increases the risk of allergies,” explains Dr. Khavinson.
His colleague, Dr. mills adds that early contact with allergens gives, oddly enough, a lower level of allergic reactions.
Studies have shown that children, who from birth had contact with animals and living in nature, the risk of allergic reactions was several times lower.
Experts give tips on how to reduce the risk of allergic reactions.
first and foremost, you need to see what is included in the composition of the products, which are consumed by people: the more the chemical components, so they are more dangerous.
in addition, it is desirable to have in the house as little as possible of the so-called dust — things that are a magnet for dust.
It is the carpets, soft toys – anything that’s hard to wash and clean.
“and, of course, you need to stop the medication, because the rampant use of antibiotics, especially when man himself appoints and takes them incorrectly, may contribute to the suppression of our immune system, and hence to be the cause of allergic diseases", — says Svetlana Trofimova.
Dr. Khavinson adds: “in General, antibiotics should be prohibited to any person. Only in case of urgent need and purpose for a doctor to take a particular medication and particularly antibiotics that are very dangerous for our body”.
However, there are encouraging information to predict the tendency to Allergy at any age. We are talking about the so-called genetic passport. This is a very promising field of diagnosis of allergic conditions, experts say.