Al­ler­gies are among the most com­mon chronic con­di­tions world­wide

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Al­lergy symp­toms range from mak­ing you mis­er­able to putting you at risk for life threat­en­ing re­ac­tions.

Most peo­ple are un­aware of their ex­po­sure to al­ler­gens. Al­ler­gies don’t al­ways re­sult in the com­mon side ef­fects like sneez­ing, itch­ing eyes or a runny nose; they can manifest in other ways. Iden­ti­fy­ing and treat­ing un­known al­ler­gens is a safe, ef­fec­tive method to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce or elim­i­nate symp­toms.

An al­ler­gic re­ac­tion be­gins in the im­mune sys­tem, ac­cord­ing to the lead­ing ex­perts in al­lergy medicine. Our im­mune sys­tem pro­tects us from in­vad­ing or­gan­isms that can cause ill­ness. If you have an al­lergy, your im­mune sys­tem mis­takes an oth­er­wise harm­less sub­stance as an in­vader. This sub­stance is called an al­ler­gen. The im­mune sys­tem over­re­acts to the al­ler­gen by pro­duc­ing Im­munoglob­u­lin E (IgE) an­ti­bod­ies. These anti-bodies travel to cells that re­lease his­tamine and other chem­i­cals, caus­ing an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion.

En­vi­ron­men­tal al­ler­gens can some­times be the un­der­ly­ing cause for car­i­ous con­di­tions in­clud­ing pain and even de­pres­sion ac­cord­ing to the AAAAI (Amer­i­can Academy of Al­lergy, Asthma & Im­munol­ogy.

Some of the ef­fects of al­ler­gens in­clude Fi­bromyal­gia, Os­teroarthri­tis, Chronic Pain, Mi­graines, Asthma, Chronic In­fla­ma­tion, Mus­cle Pain, Mood Dis­or­ders, De­pres­sion, Au­toim­mune Dis­or­ders, Sea­sonal Al­ler­gies, Chronic Fa­tigue Syn­drome, Si­nus In­fec­tions and GI Dis­or­ders.

Im­munothe­r­a­phy is con­sid­ered one of the most ef­fec­tive and safest meth­ods to treat al­ler­gies. This is achieved by in­duc­ing, en­hanc­ing, or sup­press­ing an im­mune re­sponse. It’s de­signed to elicit or am­plify an im­mune re­sponse. Stud­ies in­di­cate that im­munother­apy has a low risk of side ef­fects and is con­sid­ered the only true mea­sure to alle­vi­ate al­ler­gies or symp­toms caused by al­ler­gies. The treat­ment can also pre­vent the on­set or devel­op­ment of ad­di­tional con­di­tions. “Re­search show that 85% of treated pa­tients be­come asymp­to­matic, mean­ing they ex­pe­ri­ence no symp­toms of the al­ler­gies.” Ac­cord­ing to Dr.

Ja­son Weigner, DC - Clin­i­cal Di­rec­tor of Dis­cover Op­ti­mal Health­care in Brookhaven. The in­te­grated med­i­cal fa­cil­ity of­fers nee­dle-free test­ing for 72 dif­fer­ent anti­gens that cause al­ler­gies.

“Al­though we test and treat many peo­ple at the start of spring for hay fever caused by pollen, for oth­ers, al­ler­gies are a year round prob­lem that in­clude chronic pain” states Dr. Weigner.

These en­vi­ron­men­tal al­ler­gies in­clude (but not lim­ited to) weeds, grasses, trees, dust mites, molds, dogs, and cats.

Dr. Weigner points out that over the counter and pre­scrip­tion al­lergy med­i­ca­tions may also cause side ef­fects and of­ten only mask or tem­po­rar­ily treat the symp­toms. So he sug­gest you get tested be­fore get­ting rid of Whiskers or Fido.

Al­lergy test­ing by prick­ing the skin

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