What do these health conditions have in common? Inflammation!
Mom and Dad contribute a lot more to your gene pool besides great hair, they may be the reason your immune system is overreacting to common allergy triggers, leading to increased inflammation in your body. In addition to all the other symptoms associated with inflammation which may include redness, swelling, joint pain, etc.; increased inflammation, increases your risk of developing seasonal allergies, asthma, and eczema often referred to as atopic diseases.
Individuals who live with at least one atopic disease are often troubled with inferior quality/lack of sleep which in turn, impacts their quality of life.
What is Inflammation and Why Does it Occur?
Have you heard of the saying “fight or flight?” Inflammation is our body’s “fight” response to protect itself from harm. There are two types of inflammation – acute and chronic. Acute inflammation occurs when your body suddenly suffers from some type of injury. In this instance, inflammation is a good thing, helping your body to heal. Chronic inflammation occurs when your body thinks there may be a danger to your immune system, such as autoimmune and atopic diseases.
Unfortunately, for some individuals, their immune systems go into overdrive when confronted with allergens that cause atopic diseases like seasonal allergies, asthma, and eczema, creating chronic inflammation.
Migraine headaches (a reoccurring headache that is typically felt on one side of the head or the other and may be accompanied by nausea and impaired vision), are now thought to be affected by inflammation as well.
Typically, seasonal allergies, asthma, eczema, and migraines are all treated with medications (prescription and over-the-counter). These types of medications may have undesirable side effects and an individual may become dependent on them.
There are three ways to treat allergic inflammation:
- avoidance of things you are allergic to
- elimination of your allergies with treatments such as sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops).
If a medicine is not helping you enough, or if you don’t like the side effects of your allergy medicine, then allergy testing should be done. Allergy testing allows you to avoid things you might not even know you are allergic to, such as mold or dust mites (dust mite allergy affects one in three people). Allergy testing is also the first step toward the elimination of your allergies with allergy drops.
We offer our patients Sublingual Allergy Therapy – Allergy Drops for seasonal allergies. We create an allergy serum specifically for you that will alleviate your specific symptoms and treat your allergy. The drops are easy to use in the comfort of your home or anywhere you choose. Just use the drop dispenser daily to place the drop under your tongue. It is that easy. And you are on your way to feeling better!
There is no need to suffer from seasonal allergies, schedule an appointment today at 610-415-1100.