Posted October 10, 2018 06:02:31A new study out this week suggests that people who use an antihistamine during the holidays can expect to be better off than people who aren’t.
According to a study published in the journal Dermatology Today, researchers found that participants who took part in a 10-day “holiday glow” treatment experienced a significantly greater decrease in the number of inflammatory reactions they experienced than participants who didn’t.
“We found that in contrast to people who took their medication for the whole duration of the holidays, the holidays glow group actually experienced significantly fewer inflammatory reactions than the placebo group,” Dr. Jeffrey Kagan, a professor of dermatology at the University of California, Davis, told Reuters Health by email.
Kagan and his colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, studied more than 4,000 people who were either taking antihistamines during the year or taking a placebo at the end of the year.
The study was led by Dr. Richard Fussell, a dermatologist who works in the lab of his father, Robert Fussel, an allergist at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Fussell’s team took blood samples and examined the participants’ skin for the presence of various types of inflammation.
They found that the participants who were taking anti-inflammatory medication during the holiday glow had a significantly lower number of inflammation markers in their skin compared to those who didn.
“They had a much lower inflammatory marker count,” Fusroll said.
The results are consistent with what people who are allergic to ingredients in certain products might have seen anecdotally, Fussels said.
Fossel said that the results of the study have implications for how allergy patients should be managed.
“One of the things that is really concerning is people who take antihistaminoids, or who take them for longer periods of time, are more likely to develop allergies,” Fossel told ReutersHealth.
“I think the idea is that they need to be managed in a way that helps prevent allergic reactions, and if they have an allergy, then they should be assessed to see if they need additional treatment.”
Fussel noted that the researchers did not look at any other allergy patients, but he added that it’s possible that people with asthma, allergies to other ingredients in products or medications and other allergies might have different immune responses to the holiday gurus.
“People who are very sensitive to allergens may have more immune responses than others,” Fssell said.
“That’s something that you should talk to your allergist about.”
To read the study, visit www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=121709543#.UQgBQbHq2kA