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How to enjoy spring blossoms when allergies are in full bloom

by Dr. Yuri Okabe & Dr. René du Cloo
Tokyo Skin Clinic

 

Pollens are flourishing. How does that affect the skin? For one thing, it can make spring a season of gloom for eczema sufferers.

“Allergy” is not a disease. It is your way to react to things your body comes into contact with. Or should we say, “overreact”? One day we were listening to an old man who had lived in Nasu (in Nikko National Park) all his life. He was proudly telling us that living in nature had made him resistent to pollen allergies. In a way, he is very right.

 

Substances foreign to the body (antigens) are recoginized by the body’s immune system, which then sees to it that harmful intruders are attacked and eliminated. Conditions such as asthma, atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis, and seasonal allergies (hay fever, pollen allergy) are all based on inappropriate immunological reactions to HARMLESS substances (allergens). It is thought that allergic disorders are increasingly common due to insufficient exposure to different antigens in early childhood.

“Inflammation” is an essential process to fight infections and repair tissue damage. It is triggered by immunological reactions and manifested as redness (blood) and swelling (tissue fluid). Increased local circulation provides extra oxygen and nutrition to the tissue where extra energy is needed. White blood cells travel down the bloodstream to combat pathogens (disease-causing antigens). If the skin reacts to allergens, however, inflammation serves no purpose and becomes a problem in itself.

Unnecessary inflammation of the skin is responsible for itchy rashes, typical symptoms of “eczema”. Seasonal allergies can cause or worsen eczema, which may develop into a self-sustaining condition. There are two major ways this can happen (see diagram): 1. Scratching damages the skin, increases inflammation, and leads to more itching. 2. Dry skin resulting from lingering eczema (cf. our article “Dry skin and eczema” on the TNB website) is vulnerable and gets readily inflamed.

Oral antihistamines and antiallergics are safe and effective for seasonal allergies. They block the action of histamine and other inflammatory mediators involved in allergic processes. Synthetic equivalents of corticosteroids, the body’s own immunoregulating hormones (ex. hydrocortison), are powerful anti-inflammatory agents and constitute a rational treatment for acute eczema. They should be used intensively first and tapered off to avoid suppression of necessary inflammation due to prolonged use. Persistent eczema requires different strategies focusing on management of itch and dry skin. And remember, no medicine is more effective than NOT SCRATCHING!

Translated from a fragment of the book "Skin Trouble" written by Dr. Yuri Okabe and Dr. René du Cloo

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"Skin Trouble”
  Written by Dr. Yuri Okabe and Dr. René du Cloo
『Skin Trouble  ス・キ・ン・ト・ラ・ブ・ル』
  著者 岡部夕里 ルネ・デュ・クロー (東京スキンクリニック)

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All dermatological problems and cosmetic skin surgery. Acne experts. Outpatient procedures offered: laser treatment, chemical peels, Botox/hyaluronic acid injection, liposuction/-recycle, sclerotherapy, eyelid surgery, etc. STD checks & gynecological exams available. EU-licenced multi-lingual doctors, also qualified to provide occupational medicine and health checkup services. Consultation by appointment.

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Dr Okabe

Before becoming an M.D., she graduated from the French department of Tokyo University for Foreign studies, obtained her master's degree in general linguistics at the University of Amsterdam and worked as a researcher for the Dutch government. Ex-president of the Japanese Association for Cosmetic Surgeons. Honorary member of the Korean Society of Aesthetic Surgery, honorary member of the World Society for Anti-Aging Medicine, member of the Japanese and Royal Dutch Medical Associations, the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, etc.

Dr.rena

Besides being a cosmetic surgeon/dermatologist, he is also a specialist in sports medicine approved by the Japanese Medical Association. Editor of the Journal of the Japanese Society for Aesthetico-Medical Technology. Honorary member of the World Society for Anti-Aging medicine, member of the Japanese Society for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, member of the Japanese society of Ningen Dock, member of the Japanese and Royal Dutch Medical Associations, etc.

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