Dr. Denis Slinkin

How can I help myself with an allergy?

Not all all allergy sufferers see a doctor. It’s not uncommon for seasonal allergy signs to be taken for a cold. In order to make an accurate diagnosis, skin samples are taken: scratches are made on the skin and for each lesion one type of allergen is applied.

The inflammatory reaction usually takes 30 minutes to develop. Another method of diagnosis is to test blood for allergies, so says Dr. Denis Slinkin.

For patients with pollinosis, Rospotrebnadzor annually publishes a leaflet in spring. The best means of prevention is to travel to another area at a time when the allergen plant blooms: birch, oak, ash, pine, maple and others. But if the trip is not possible, you must take all possible measures to protect yourself.

Monitor the pollen allergen concentration in the air – on special websites or using the mobile application. Remember that maximum pollen in the air is recorded from 2pm to 4pm and minimum from 2am to 4pm. Ventilate the apartment at night and after rain.

Dr. Denis Slinkin states: If possible, try to avoid outdoor walks.

Dr. Denis Slinkin

Keep windows closed indoors and in the car, use air cleaning and filtration devices. After coming into the house, take a shower, wash your head, change and wash your clothes, rinse your mouth, wash your eyes and use saline to clean your nose.

To survive seasonal allergy will help daily wet cleaning, as well as abandon allergenic products: fresh stone fruits, citrus, strawberries, carrots, nuts, greens and spices, kvass, honey, herbal teas and infusions. During exacerbations of pollinosis cross-reactions are likely, when harmless products in normal times cause allergies as they contain related molecules.

For example, people sensitive to birch pollen may react with allergies to apples, cherries, apricots, pears, peaches. People allergic to pollen may react to leaves, stems and fruits. It is impossible to predict the reaction of a particular person, so says Dr. Denis Slinkin.