Three possible treatments for allergies

Before starting any possible treatments, a doctor must first determine that you have an allergy. Treating your allergy consists of three different parts:

  • In other words, remediation: avoidance of allergens
  • Symptom Relief: This treatment often provides rapid discomfort relief
  • Allergic Immunotherapy: Treatment that focuses on the cause of your allergy

Possible causes of type I allergies are:

“Hay fever” (pollen or pollen allergy), allergy to cat and dog hair, dust mite allergy, allergy to mold spores.

food allergies

latex allergy

some drug allergies (e.g. antibiotics)

wasp and bee venom

cannabis allergy

  Possible causes of type IV allergies are:

contact allergies (eg non-precious metals, cosmetics, latex additives) “. For the details of a contact allergy, please refer to the dermatology department (skin diseases).

some drug allergies

Latex and drugs can thus trigger both type I and IV reactions with skin symptoms.

Symptoms of an allergy

Type I allergies are characterized by the rapid onset of symptoms or complaints upon exposure to the responsible allergen. The following symptoms may occur a few minutes to a maximum of 2 hours after contact with the offender (s):

nose and eye disorders (runny nose, sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy nose and / or eyes, watery and red eyes)

narrowing of the airways (cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness) itching, hives (hives, hives), swelling (angioedema)

upset stomach and intestines (nausea and vomiting, upset stomach, cramps, nausea)

drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness, fainting, shock (with loss of consciousness)

Of course, not all symptoms are always present! These symptoms can also occur without the presence of an allergy, for example, if there are only gastrointestinal disorders, the risk of (food) allergy is very low and gastric or intestinal disorders should always be examined first. Pain (neck, muscle, joint) is generally not related to an allergy.

What should you look out for if you have sensitive skin?

If you have sensitive skin or think you are hypersensitive to certain substances, it is important to use cosmetics, cleansers, and cleansers that contain as few allergens as possible.

In either case, you can contact your doctor or general practitioner to find out what substance you are allergic to. Usually you will be allergic to a certain substance for the rest of your life.

In general, it is best to use mild (or hypoallergenic) products.

Fragrances and dyes in cosmetics, detergents and care products

Why are there ingredients in cosmetics, cleaning agents and care products that can cause allergic reactions? These are substances that have to ensure that the products look good (dyes), smell good (fragrances), last longer (preservatives) or substances that improve their effectiveness (a substance in a detergent that ensures, for example, that your laundry extra is clean).

Causes of Skin Allergies

Various factors influence the development of an allergy. This could be due to heredity, hygiene, or your lifestyle.


Heredity plays an important role in whether or not you develop an allergy. An allergy itself is not hereditary, but predisposed to it. If your parents both have the same allergic condition, there is a 60-80% chance that you will develop an allergy too.

Hygiene and lifestyle

There is a clear link between your “clean” life and the risk of developing an allergy in your life. Unless you come into contact with all sorts of substances found in a less “clean” environment early in life, your body will not get used to them.

Allergies are therefore more common in the western world than in developing countries. There is even a difference between countries like the Netherlands and countries in Eastern Europe. Skin allergies are also less common in countries where a lot of natural and fresh food is consumed.

What are allergens?

Allergens are substances that come from outside the body. Most allergens are substances that simply occur in nature. These substances are basically harmless. After entering the body (through nose, mouth or skin contact), they can cause allergic symptoms in sensitive people.

Allergens can appear in cosmetics, laundry detergents, and personal care products. Some people are allergic to perfumes and / or dyes that contain these products.

known allergens

Many substances can cause a skin allergy. This happens more often with some substances than with others.

Common allergens are:

Metals (such as nickel and chromium)




Paraphenylenediamine (used in black hair dye and tattoos, among others)

What is a skin allergy?

You can develop a skin allergy if your skin comes in contact with an allergen or other substance to which you are (over) sensitive. Usually your immune system protects you from harmful organisms. However, if this system is set incorrectly, your body will also react to harmless substances.

An allergic reaction in your body can manifest itself in many ways, for example in your respiratory tract, digestive tract, or in shock. But it can also show on your skin. It can swell, dry, scarce, red, or burn. You may also experience itching.

What exactly does hyaluronic acid do in the body?

Hyaluronic acid performs important functions in the body related to healthy skin. It regulates the hydration capacity, the metabolism and the regeneration capacity of the skin. Hyaluronic acid is usually found in the dermis, but the substance is also found in the epidermis. The substance retains a reserve of water in the dermis to prevent drying out of the epidermis and to maintain optimal water balance. Hyaluronic acid has a dynamic renewal of less than a day in the body.

For the big picture: Hyaluronic acid plays an essential role in maintaining healthy connective tissue, skin elasticity and wound healing. Hyaluronic acid also maintains flexibility in joints, blood vessels, and fibroids. The fibroblast is the main cell of connective tissue, a non-elastic fiber that keeps the skin firm.