27 Feb '12, 9pm

Is there a cure for allergies?: A century later, that discovery, known as allergen immunotherapy, is benefiting

In the early 1900s, an English scientist, Dr Leonard Noon, discovered that injecting patients allergic to grass pollen with the very same allergen seemed to improve their symptoms. The theory is that when the body is exposed to small amounts of allergens, it builds up tolerance to them over time. A century later, that discovery, known as allergen immunotherapy, is benefiting allergy sufferers like six-year-old Julia Ho. Julia is so severely allergic to house dust mites that she puts up with a runny nose and itchy eyes almost every day. Even while she is sleeping, she does not get any relief. House dust mites are commonly found in bedding and soft toys. To ease her nasal allergy symptoms, Julia was constantly on medication - something which bothers her mother Magdelen. "Her symptoms would come back whenever we stopped the medication. There was no end to it," said the homema...

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