Ambrosia leads to many cross allergies



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Ambrosia leads to many cross allergies

An ambrosia allergy often leads to many cross allergies, as reported by the German Society for Allergology and Clinical Immunology (DGAKI). Allergy sufferers could also be against spices such as parsley, pepper or celery.

Ambrosia is the world's most allergenic plant. The pollen of the plant is distributed mainly in the middle / end of July and in the course of August. Allergy sufferers suffer from massive complaints such as runny nose, shortness of breath, cough, asthma, swelling of the eyes and headache. The symptoms can go well into early winter. In this context, the German Society for Allergology and Clinical Immunology (DGAKI) warns allergy sufferers of so-called cross-allergies. Affected people could also be allergic to celery, parsley, chives, pepper and many other herbs, as Prof. Karl-Christian Bergmann from DGAKI said.

The ragweed plant is also called "mugwort" in specialist and garden circles. Many patients are allergic to mugwort as a type of spice. Some suffer from mild symptoms such as tingling in the mouth, while others complain of severe allergic reactions that require clinical treatment. Mugwort ambrosia is a shrubby and compact plant, the leaves are double to triple pinnate and the stems are protruding hairy. The hairy stems are usually somewhat reddish, the male inflorescences are arranged in upright, finger-shaped clusters.

An allergic flare can also affect healthy people. During the pollen period, the ambrosia triggers an allergy in every fourth hay fever patient. Anyone who notices hay fever symptoms should undergo an allergy test. In conventional medicine, immunotherapy (hyposensitization) is usually suggested. In addition to homeopathy, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, naturopathy also uses vital substance therapy, autologous blood therapy, hypnosis, Bach flower remedies and intestinal rehabilitation. A therapy is selected depending on the type of allergy and patient background. (sb)

Also read:
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