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Allergies

The natural approach to allergy treatment includes a few steps for successful management and possible elimination. The approach at EVND includes testing for specific immune responses that cause rhinitis(runny nose), detoxification programs for the GI tract, and immunotherapy to desensitize the body to the environmental offenders. Testing will provide the IgG and IgE food allergies to avoid and guide the prescription for the safe and natural sublingual immunotherapy to desensitize airborne and food allergens that cause rhinitis. As we pay attention to the air quality indoors and outdoors we can use natural medicines to support the immune system reducing common rhinitis symptoms.

Allergic Rhinitis or runny nose is perhaps one of the most irritating medical complaints. Constant rubbing, blowing, and chaffing of the nose, due to chronic rhinitis, can also be treated without the use of medications. Patients often report red and irritated eyes and frequent sinus infections due to the chronic nasal inflammation which increases the risk of infections.

Rhinitis can result from exposure to common and well known airborne triggers. These include dust mites, cockroaches, dog dander, cat dander, trees, weeds, grasses, and molds, and sometimes perfumes and fragrances. These are found plentiful in the outdoors and can concentrate indoors, particularly in the carpet and duct work of a home. These are evaluated using skin and serum blood tests through common labs.

The second cause which must be evaluated and treated includes IgG reactions to commonly consumed foods. Individuals can become allergic and have delayed responses which also cause chronic rhinitis and increase the risk of chronic sinus infections. These reactions often occur in the gastrointestinal tract but produce rhinitis symptoms distally in the nose and sinuses causing inflammation and congestion. Elimination of this allergy symptom requires avoidance of the IgG offending food(s). The most common foods to cause histamine and mucous production throughout the whole respiratory tract include dairy, bread(particularly gluten), and yeast. Often a candida cleanse with the concomitant elimination of the dairy and bread can do immediate wonders for chronic sinus and nasal congestion and infections. Testing is also available for this type of allergy response.

Combining IgE and IgG allergy testing provides the most accurate prediction of sources to cause rhinitis. Treatment is nearly 100% successful with combined testing and specific food elimination, and desensitization with the sublingual immunotherapy.

The third source of triggers are actually nonallergic sources of asthma and rhinitis. These include cigarette smoke, air pollution, perfume, temperature change, alcohol, and infection. The produce all the same symptoms except fail to produce a specific antibody response. The good news is, that one simple blood test can differentiate between them all. Once we know, simple and effective solutions are offered which can eliminate symptoms permanently. Improvement of indoor air quality can reduce these airborne exposures quickly. Visit our blog article on improving indoor air for more information

Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)

One of the tools we have been using in our clinic is sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). SLIT is a convenient home-based treatment for asthma and allergic diseases-without shots.  SLIT works by delivering a precise, measured dose of the substances that trigger allergic reactions (allergens) to stimulate your immune system – but not enough to cause a full-blown allergic reaction.  Allergen extracts are placed under the tongue and affect the immune system through specialized cells that are found under the tongue.  The dose of allergens is gradually increased over time. This helps the body’s immune system build up a tolerance to the allergens, which can reduce and/or eliminate your allergy symptoms over time. The mixture and concentration of allergen extracts in each prescription is determined by the ordering physician.  SLIT may be a good treatment choice for chronic rhinitis if:

  • Your labs support a diagnosis of IgE based allergies
  • Allergy medications do not provide adequate relief
  • Allergic triggers are difficult to avoid
  • Allergy medications cause intolerable side effects or interactions with other medications
  • You are concerned about the long-term use and effects of medication
  • You are wanting a different option to doing weekly allergy shots

As you work with your Naturopathic trained allergist you will see rhinitis symptoms dramatically decline and possibly be completely eliminated.