Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Improving the lives of allergy sufferers

Date:
September 10, 2013
Source:
BioMed Central Limited
Summary:
Allergen immunotherapy improves the quality of life of people who are allergic to grass pollen and house dust mites, reveals a new study. With less time taken off work, the therapy yields economic as well as patient benefits.

Allergen immunotherapy improves the quality of life of people who are allergic to grass pollen and house dust mites, reveals a study in the open access World Allergy Journal. With less time taken off work, the therapy yields economic as well as patient benefits.

Around a quarter of adults in Europe suffer from respiratory allergies. Symptoms can include asthma and / or rhino-conjunctivitis, inflammation of the inner nasal lining which causes a runny, stuffy nose. Treatment is usually with drugs, such as antihistamines, which manage the symptoms.

Allergen immunotherapy, however, seeks to treat the underlying cause. Subcutaneous immunotherapy, the type used in this study, involves regular injections with increasing doses of a specific allergen vaccine, then less frequent 'top-up' injections over several years.

Karin D Petersen and colleagues observed 248 allergy patients prospectively as they received the treatment for one year. As expected, disease severity lessened, but critically, this translated to significant improvements in quality of life. Sufferers experienced fewer symptom-filled days -- 145 instead of 189 days per year -- and took fewer sick days from work -- 1.2 instead of 3.7.

This is likely to have knock-on effects for patients, employers and society, the team say. One US study found that allergic rhino-conjunctivitis causes an annual at-work productivity loss of around $2.5 billion. A separate study showed employees with allergic rhino-conjunctivitis suffer a productivity loss of around $593 per year.

But the real burden is personal, an element that is difficult to measure using traditional methods. Clinical symptoms, for example, correlate only modestly with everyday functional capabilities and patients' perceptions of their condition. The methods used in this study successfully measure personal quality of life as well as disease severity, highlighting the clinical and personal benefits to be gained from subcutaneous allergen immunotherapy.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by BioMed Central Limited. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Karin D Petersen, Christian Kronborg, Jψrgen N Larsen, Ronald Dahl, Dorte Gyrd-Hansen. Patient related outcomes in a real life prospective follow up study: Allergen immunotherapy increase quality of life and reduce sick days. World Allergy Organization Journal, 2013; 6 (1): 15 DOI: 10.1186/1939-4551-6-15

Cite This Page:

BioMed Central Limited. "Improving the lives of allergy sufferers." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 10 September 2013. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130910205324.htm>.
BioMed Central Limited. (2013, September 10). Improving the lives of allergy sufferers. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130910205324.htm
BioMed Central Limited. "Improving the lives of allergy sufferers." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130910205324.htm (accessed October 23, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Orthodontist Mom Jennifer Salzer on the Best Time for Braces

Orthodontist Mom Jennifer Salzer on the Best Time for Braces

Working Mother (Oct. 22, 2014) — Is your child ready? Video provided by Working Mother
Powered by NewsLook.com
U.S. Issues Ebola Travel Restrictions, Are Visa Bans Next?

U.S. Issues Ebola Travel Restrictions, Are Visa Bans Next?

Newsy (Oct. 22, 2014) — Now that the U.S. is restricting travel from West Africa, some are dropping questions about a travel ban and instead asking about visa bans. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
US to Track Everyone Coming from Ebola Nations

US to Track Everyone Coming from Ebola Nations

AP (Oct. 22, 2014) — Stepping up their vigilance against Ebola, federal authorities said Wednesday that everyone traveling into the US from Ebola-stricken nations will be monitored for symptoms for 21 days. (Oct. 22) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Doctors Help Paralysed Man Walk Again, Patient in Disbelief

Doctors Help Paralysed Man Walk Again, Patient in Disbelief

AFP (Oct. 22, 2014) — Polish doctors describe how they helped a paralysed man walk again, with the patient in disbelief at the return of sensation to his legs. Duration: 1:04 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins