What is allergy?

Allergy is an exaggerated response of an individual towards allergens (foreign substances) that are present in the environment where we live, such as: pollens, molds, insects, or towards substances that we introduce with food (food allergens).

The symptoms of allergy are various: sneezing, burning eyes, nose itchiness…. There are various types of allergic diseases:

  • allergenic asthma
  • food allergies
  • hives
  • drug allergic reactions
  • insect allergic reactions

Allergy is typical of our times; it is increasing in frequency and affects at least eight million Italians. Treatment may be administered by:

  • using anti-histamine and antiallergic drugs: nasal sprays, tablets…
  • using vaccines. The aim is to induce tolerance towards the allergen. Oral, epi-cutaneous and injection vaccines are available.


A dermatological evaluation is a specialistic evaluation which allows checking – in a non-invasive and painless manner – your skin’s state of health, diagnosing any diseases or monitoring previously diagnosed disorders for which the patient is being treated.

All skin disorders can be examined with a dermatological evaluation, and namely nevus anomalies, skin eruptions, the presence of hives, vesicles, angioedema; you can also consult a dermatologist if you have symptoms such as itchiness, red skin, changes in your skin appearance.

Some of the most common skin disorders are dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, eczema, hives.

A dermatology outpatient clinic also treats pediatric skin disorders, skin ageing, skin neoplasms, and skin allergies.

A dermatological evaluation is also indicated for the diagnosis and treatment of hair and scalp disorders.

Following skin examination, further diagnostic procedures may be necessary, such as for example nevus mapping by means of dermoscopy.

An interview with dr. Erika Briscik.