Allergy is an overreaction of the body to substances that generate no response under normal conditions. These substances are called allergens. The binding of allergen to an antibody triggers tissue inflammation.
Generally speaking, allergies are an illness of the young, and unless chronic organic disorders are present (such as the narrowing of bronchi in asthma), symptoms usually become more moderate with advancing age. The symptoms of infantile or childhood allergic disease may shift as the child ages. For example, the symptoms of pediatric eczema and food allergies may clear up, or be replaced by other allergies such as hay fever and/or asthma. Diagnosis and proper treatment are very important because any childhood allergy can increase the risk of developing asthma.
Symptoms can vary greatly depending on which organ is the site of the allergic reaction. In all cases, the cause of the allergy should be clarified before commencing treatment. Since a predisposition to allergies can be inherited, and other factors also play a role in the development of allergic symptoms and allergic diseases, it is very important to take certain preventive steps in the case of high risk infants (a family history of allergies) in order to decrease the risk of the development of symptoms or disease. These precautions include:
1. Breastfeed your child as long as possible. (Studies have shown that 6 months of breastfeeding decreases risk.)
2. If you are unable to breastfeed, choose a so-called hypoallergenic formula.
3. Unless it is medically indicated, do not take any medication during breastfeeding.
4. Under the age of 1 year, your infant should not receive any foreign proteins such as cow’s milk.
5. Any new foods should be introduced gradually into your infant’s diet.
6. Do not smoke around your child.
7. The environment of your infant should be free of allergenic materials (e.g. dust and mold, etc.) and domestic pets (e.g. cats and dogs, etc.).
Treatment: According to the standard practice of the treatment of skin problems, the area to be treated should be cleaned first. Light therapy should be applied 2 to 3 times a day, illuminating the affected area for 4 minutes during each session. If your doctor prescribed a cream, it should be applied to the affected area before light therapy, and if the area is large the light should be moved back and forth over it.
Light therapy: Illuminate the area of the spleen and liver with yellow light for 6 minutes each, and the thymus with a green light (in children).