Allergic Reactions & Allergy Treatment Options
Allergic reactions happen in a couple of ways; One is an immediate allergic reaction: Eating a peanut may cause an anaphylactic reaction to that substance almost immediately. Treatment usually involves avoiding the substance and carrying an Epipen. Another reaction, which is much more common, is a delayed allergic reaction. This reaction can take hours to days to manifest and can cause one or more of the following symptoms:
- stomach upset/digestive complaints
- persistent skin rash
- canker sores and/or
This kind of food allergy is often overlooked and treatment is not effective because the root of the complaints are not addressed. It is thought that 50% of the population may suffer from food allergies and this figure has increased over the last 50 years. Patients will often tell me that they have tried many approaches to get relief from their symptoms but nothing seems to work. The first step is testing for the allergies. Food allergy tests reveal the extent of reaction to individual foods. Other allergies can also be tested including environmental allergies (mold, pollens, cat, dog, etc.), drug allergies, allergies to food additives and dyes, and chlorine, benzene and other chemicals. Tests are done with a single blood draw and no skin pricks are necessary.
After testing has been done and the allergens identified, desensitization can be performed and naturopathic treatments given. This allows the body to better tolerate allergens that the body may be exposed to. All of our naturopathic treatments available for allergies aren’t allowed to be advertised here according to Health Canada guidelines. You can contact our office to learn more about our allergy treatments.
Treating food allergies can possibly help with the following conditions as well:
- Eczema and psoriasis
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Colitis and Crohn’s
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis