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Every third German suffers from allergies
According to a Forsa survey, 35 percent of Germans are affected by one or more allergies. Hay fever is the most common, but food or mites can also trigger allergies.
Allergies often impair performance. For the survey, 1,000 insured persons were contacted by phone and asked about allergies. It turned out that around a third suffer from allergies. 53 percent of those affected find their own suffering stressful.
Another interesting result: only 70 percent of those affected have their allergies treated by a doctor. The rest prefer over-the-counter medicines or do without certain foods. The health insurance companies save a lot of money for treatment costs, which dermatologists are extremely critical of. Rudolf Stadler, President of the German Dermatological Society (DDG), however, urgently advises that a doctor be consulted, since mistakes are sometimes made when using over-the-counter preparations. In addition, symptoms that could later lead to complications could otherwise be delayed. “With a peanut allergy there are allergens that are dangerous. Others are not, ”explains the Stadler. Therefore, a differentiated diagnosis is necessary to avoid suffocation due to this allergy.
So far, neurodermatitis is not considered to be a serious chronic illness. In addition to hay fever, neurodermatitis, allergic asthma, food intolerance and contact allergies also occur, reports the DDG. Because of the uncomfortably itchy skin, neurodermatitis is particularly uncomfortable. About 15 to 20 percent of children and two percent of adults in Germany suffer from it. "We want neurodermatitis to be recognized as a serious chronic disease," explains Matthias Augustin, director of the Institute for Health Services Research in the Department of Dermatology at the University Hospital Hamburg. He reports that some patients scratch their blood and cannot sleep, or only to a limited extent, because of the strong itching. Unfortunately, those affected would have to pay for active ingredient-free moisturizing creams that relieve the itching, as these would not fall under the cash benefits. Socially disadvantaged people would have "higher losses in their quality of life and overall poorer care," the DDG said in a statement. Augustin demands: "For severe forms of atopic dermatitis, the necessary medication must be reimbursed by the health insurance company." In addition, topical basic therapies and urea preparations were on the OTC exception list. Dermatologists would have to be able to prescribe expensive medicines without recourse problems if only these medicines provided relief for the patient, Augustin adds.
Treatment methods from naturopathy To calm the immune system, the triggering allergen must first be determined. In addition, there are a variety of methods in naturopathy to normalize the immune response. These include natural healing methods such as autologous blood therapy, autologous urine therapy, ear acupuncture, body acupuncture, symbiosis and immune modulation, dark field diagnostics and milieu therapy, homeopathy, hypnotherapy, and therapeutic fasting. These can be combined with a change in diet. (ag)
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