Why Can’t Doctors Treat Allergies very well?


I don’t get it, I have a dairy allergy and I don’t understand how chemists and doctors haven’t come up with a solution to this yet. I’m not talking about a lactose allergy by the way, I’m talking about actually being allergic to dairy products which is a huge difference. A good look at human biology should explain why we have allergies to dairy and how to properly treat it right? I don’t get why silicon groups aren’t doing more research behind this matter?

In: Biology

Theoretically, you could target the antibody that triggers the allergy for any known allergy with a specific monoclonal antibody. However, monoclonals are expensive to research, expensive to produce and expensive to buy. No drug company is going to invest in that when most doctors wouldn’t prescribe it because people wouldn’t pay for it. Drug companies like to make money and they probably wouldn’t make any from it. Each allergen would need it’s own monoclonal antibody to be produced, each with millions in cost. Most people wouldn’t pay several hundred to several thousand dollars a month when simply avoiding the allergen works.

Edit: To expand on this, a lot of allergies can be treated successfully with steroid or other immunosupressants. These are a lot cheaper, but also a lot less specific and usually end up with systemic effects so the side effects often outweigh the benefits so they are generally avoided unless absolutely necessary.