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What is reproductive immunology?
Reproductive immunology is the study of issues that concern the intersection of the body's reproductive and immune systems. Reproductive immunology is often used to treat pregnancy complications, fertility difficulties, and recurrent miscarriages, which can be affected by a pregnant woman’s level of immune tolerance to the fetus.
What is the difference between an allergist and an immunologist?
The biggest difference between an allergist and an immunologist concerns the scope of services that each provides. Immunologists treat and study allergies and many other conditions that concern the immune system. Allergists have a much narrower focus, and their work is limited to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disorders.
What are the most common immunological tests?
There are many common immunological tests, which can be used to check for a wide range of allergies, and they to screen patients for bowel cancer. Another common immunological test is a pregnancy test. These tests contain antibodies that bond with certain substances and germs to help doctors make accurate diagnoses.
What are the most common conditions that an immunologist treats?
Some of the more common conditions an immunologist treats include asthma, eczema, food allergies, and drug allergies. Immunologists also treat allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis, latex allergies and insect-sting allergies. People who suffer from immune deficiencies caused by hereditary or genetic defects can also work with an immunologist on treatment options.
An immunologist is a doctor who specializes in problems that concern the immune system. Some immunologists treat health problems, such as allergies or the myriad other issues that can compromise the body's immune response. Others focus on research, and spend their time working on ways to improve treatment and diagnosis of immunological conditions.
What does hypoallergenic mean?
Hypoallergenic is a term used by make-up and skin care product manufacturers, that claims the product's ingredients are less likely to cause allergic reactions to the user. It does not mean the product is allergy proof. The term hypoallergenic literally means less allergenic. If you are sensitive, read the ingredients before using these products, as terms like hypoallergenic can be misleading.
Current medicine cannot cure allergies, although science is working on the problem. Until they are able to figure it out, you can only temporarily treat your symptoms and conditions through the usual methods of medications, treatments, and self-care.
How to treat pet allergies?
The most effective way to treat pet allergies is to avoid cats and dogs and not have them as pets. What if you already have pets and are attached to them? Well, if you insist on keeping your pets, or cannot avoid being around them, you will have to treat those allergies through medications like antihistamines, treatments and self-care. While the allergies will never go away completely, immunotherapy treatments might desensitize your body enough to make it more tolerable.
Allergy shots are an immunotherapy process where a small amount of specific allergens are injected into your body, in an effort to get it used to the allergen. It is intended to desensitize your body to the allergens, and reduce the discomfort. It’s similar to getting a flu shot.
How can you control seasonal allergies?
There are several ways to combat and control seasonal allergies, starting with medications like antihistamines and decongestants. Self-care, a more homeopathic method, would include using nasal washes or rinses and air purifiers. You can also have desensitization medical procedures done, though that may be a bit extreme for some. Consulting specialists and/or getting tested for specific allergies is a great way to manage allergies, but can be daunting. Keeping your home or work area clean and using air purifiers can also help.