Can allergic rhinitis be cured? In fact, it is possible, the key is to choose the right method!
Can allergic rhinitis be cured? In fact, it is possible, the key is to choose the right method! The onset of allergic rhinitis is related to genetics and environment, and the pathogenesis is more complicated, so it is not completely cured at present. It can be said that almost all allergic diseases are incurable, such as allergic skin diseases, bronchial asthma, and allergic rhinitis we are talking about today.
But some people’s allergic rhinitis may heal on its own! (It’s self-healing!) Some allergic rhinitis can indeed be cured! (It’s a cure!) How to cure it? I believe many people are interested, because too many people have allergic rhinitis, including myself.
The first choice of treatment should be nasal inhalation of glucocorticoids and some antihistamines, but they all relieve symptoms and prevent seizures. The real opportunity to cure allergic rhinitis should be: immunotherapy!
immunity therapy! Also called desensitization treatment!
What is immunotherapy? Simply put, if we can determine which things the patient is allergic to, then we will repeatedly expose him to these allergic substances (gradually increasing doses of allergen extracts) to induce immune tolerance, so that the patient will be exposed to the corresponding Symptoms are significantly reduced when allergens occur, or even no symptoms at all.
There have been many clinical studies showing that immunotherapy may change the natural course of the disease. This sentence is rather cryptic, but to put it plainly, it means that immunotherapy may cure allergic rhinitis.
Prevent allergic rhinitis from developing into asthma (many people with allergic rhinitis may eventually develop into asthma).
To put it so nicely, if allergic rhinitis can be cured, will there be so many patients with allergic rhinitis?
Good questioning! There are many disadvantages of immunotherapy:
- 1. The treatment course is very long, the total treatment course is about 3 years.
- 2. Expensive.
- 3. It is not always effective, and even many people are ineffective.
These shortcomings can be infinitely magnified.
But no matter what, it is the only treatment that may change the course of allergic rhinitis, and it is also the first-line treatment recommended by the current guidelines.
The indications of immunotherapy are mainly moderate to severe persistent allergic rhinitis caused by dust mite allergy, combined with a small number of other allergens (1-2 kinds), and it is best to patients with a single dust mite allergy. why? The more allergens (allergens), of course, the harder it is to desensitize, not to mention that many patients do not know what they are allergic to.
Even if you do an allergen test, you can’t always find all the allergens. If you don’t know which specific things you are allergic to, you can’t do desensitization treatment. Even if you do it, the effect is of course not good.
Who can consider immunotherapy?
The previous guidelines consider immunotherapy only when drug therapy is ineffective, but the current guidelines believe that immunotherapy can be performed as soon as the diagnosis of allergic rhinitis is performed. It does not need to be considered when drug therapy is ineffective.
I personally think that this approach is very nonsense, and I myself would not recommend desensitization treatment to my relatives and friends. why? Because the drug treatment works well and it is cheap. Although it cannot be cured, every treatment is effective, and immunotherapy may not cure it.
The guidelines also point out that immunotherapy is especially suitable for the following conditions:
- 1. Conventional medications (hormones for nasal cavity, antihistamines, etc.) are ineffective
- 2. Drug treatment causes serious adverse reactions
- 3. Unwilling to accept long-term medication
Therefore, if you meet the above conditions, you can indeed try desensitization treatment at the ear, nose and throat department of a nearby top three hospital.
Specific desensitization methods, if you are interested, we will study carefully later.