This valuable work explores the comprehensive topic of pollinosis in allergic diseases. The first part of this book deals with the botanical aspects of pollinosis: physiology of pollen, aerobiology in the different countries, morphological data, and pollen chemistry. The drawings and tables are a valuable key for identification of pollens and preparation of pollen calendars. The other sections deal with the medical aspects of pollinosis: immunological basis, genetics, clinical pictures, diagnostic procedures and laboratory techniques, pharmacologic therapy and immunotherapy. Both the theoretical bases and practical applications are provided regarding each topic. Of tremendous benefit is the fact that, despite the book's focus on pollinosis, most sections are useful in facing all kinds of allergological problems. This book provides a basic reference for physicians and biologists involved in the field of allergy, both at the practical and research level.
BOTANICAL ASPECTS. Role of Pollen in Plant Physiology and Reproduction. Allergenic Plants in Different Countries. Aerobiology-Pollen Sampling, Influence of Climate, Pollen Sources and Pollen Calendar. Size and Shape of Allergenic Pollen Grains. IMMUNOLOGICAL BASIS. Structure of Human IgE. Allergic Reactions. Cellular Mechanisms Regulating the IgE Response. The Genetics of Allergy. CLINICAL PICTURES. Rhinitis. Allergic Conjuctivitis. Bronchial Asthma. Etiopathogenetic Role of Pollens. Allergy to Parietaria-A Peculiar Pollinosis. DIAGNOSTIC PROCEDURES. Patient History. Skin Tests. Bronchial Provocation Tests in Pollen Asthma. Nasal Provocation Tests. The Role of the Conjunctival Provocation Test (CPT) in the Management of Allergic Conjunctivitis. Laboratory Tests-Specific IgE. Laboratory Tests-Total IgE. Laboratory Tests-Allergen Specific IgG Blocking Antibodies. THERAPY. Specific Immunotherapy-General Principles and Treatment Schedules. Management of Adverse Reactions. Pharmacologic Treatment. POLLEN ALLERGENS. Chemical Properties of Pollen Allergens. Allergenic Extracts. Allergoids.