By Dr. Nektarios Logaras – Dermatologist/Venereologist
The word Allergy is Greek and comes from the expression ‘Other Reaction’ and characterizes the body’s response to a pathogenic or non-pathogenic agent.
ΑThere are 4 types of allergic reaction according to Coombs and Gell.The three types involve an allergic reaction through the antibodies circulating in the blood. In the fourth type, which is the immediate cellular reaction, the allergic reaction is caused by lymphocytes.
Allergies are common and can be created by various causes such as the sun, chemical elements, metal e.g. nickel, foods, medicines, plants, dust, insect bites (mosquitoes, sphinxes, bees) or some marine organisms e.g. some seaweeds or jellyfishes. A common mechanism of action in allergic reactions is the release of histamine in the body.
Some types of allergies can be inherited.
The symptoms are intense itching, burning sensation, pain and swelling. In angioedema, there is the possibility of the breathing’s cessation with the obstruction of the airways.
ALLERGIC URTICARIA (HIVES)
The acute and chronic urticaria respectively, can be caused by water, exercise, sun, stress, some medicine e.g. antipyretics or antibiotics, foods e.g. milk, eggs, nuts, seafoods. Dermographism (or dermatographia) is a clinical feature of allergic urticaria. Allergic urticaria can also be caused by some health problemse.g. mental illnesses, surgeries etc.
In the Athens South Dermatology Clinic
The Dermatologist Dr. Nektarios Logaras, with eighteen years of experience in primary care, with state-of-the-art medical equipment, after receiving a detailed history, performs a high-definition digital imaging, individualizing the treatment for each case.
The laboratory testing is useful and is performed where required.
The treatments vary according to the severity of each condition and may include topical treatments, intramuscular treatments or even intravenous treatments with follow-up.
The most common combinations of drugs are analgesics, antihistamines, corticosteroids, and epinephrine in cases of allergic shock, for cardiovascular rejuvenatio
In some cases, antibiotics are also needed to fight co-existing or community-acquired infections.
Patients with a history of severe allergic reaction or anaphylactic shock are advised to always have a pre-filled adrenaline injection with them.
The determination of the causative agent is especially important to avoid a new episode of allergy.
It is also recommended to avoid psychological and physical tension.
Diets from histamine-releasing foods such as seafoods, pork, nuts, eggs, certain fruits such as kiwis and strawberries as well as medicines such as anti-inflammatory drugs are recommended as a precautionary measures after an allergic urticaria episode for a certain period of time.
The Doctor’s experience
Dr. N. Logaras MD
Laser Dermatologic Surgeon
Graduate of Nottingham and Birmingham Universities of England.
-Specialization in Dermatologic Surgery, Department of Plastic Surgery, Hospital of Dermatology & Venereal Diseases “Andreas Syggros”
-Specialization in Digital Dermoscopy – Mole Mapping, at the Department of Dermoscopy and Melanoma, Hospital of Dermatology & Venereal Diseases “Andreas Syggros”
-Degree in Medicine, Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Nottingham, UK.
CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
-Dermatologist – Venereologist, Private Clinic – Athens South Dermatology & Laser Center, Alimos
-Dermatology – Venereology Specialty, Hospital of Dermatologic & Venereal Diseases “Andreas Syggros”
-Former Doctor, Royal Derby | Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, England
-Former Doctor, Taunton and Somerset Hospital NHS Trust-Musgrove Park, England
-Former Doctor, Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust, England
-Former Doctor, Queen Alexandra Hospital, England
-Former Doctor, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust, England
-Former Doctor, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, England
Dr. N. Logaras is a member of the following Medical Societies.
-Hellenic Society of Dermatologic Surgery, Aesthetic Dermatology and Laser, attending its congresses since 2010.
-American Academy of Dermatology.
-Hellenic Society of Dermatology & Venereology (HSDV)
-American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
-European Society for Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dermatology
19 years of medical experience
Phone No. for Appointment: +302109821431