LG ChemLG화학 has launched a reagent that can check 93 allergy-causing substances, up sharply from the current 62, the company said Thursday.
In 2008, LG Chem released the “AdvanSure AlloScreen reagent,” a multi-drug substance-testing product, for the first time in Korea, through research and development on the diagnosis of allergies with Yonsei University Medical School.
The products launched this year added house dust mites, pollen allergies, and substances unique to Koreans through continuous research.
In particular, this reagent expands from 62 existing elements, enabling 93 kinds of materials to be inspected simultaneously with a drop of blood in three hours, saving time and cost of inspection, as well as providing food and the respiratory origin, while identifying the cause of the substance.
Allergies are types of autoimmune diseases that cause hypersensitivity reactions to external substances. It causes allergic asthma, eczema, and rhinitis, with symptoms such as a runny nose, and itchiness that distributes to many patients throughout the world.
Methods for treating allergies include the use of antihistamines, steroids, and immunotherapy, the most efficient and easiest way.
The domestic market is estimated to be about 25 billion won ($21 million), with the number of patients increasing every year due to the effects of fine dust and environmental hormones. Allergies caused by two or more causes are also increasing, making it necessary to know what causes allergens before they appear, the company said.