Information: Asthma


Do allergies or food intolerances trigger your asthma?

Whilst there may be a genetic predisposition for asthma, medical and/or environmental facts may trigger the symptoms, for instance triggers may include air borne allergens such dust mite, mould, pollen and grasses as well as foods, environmental chemicals etc.. Asthma is “a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways which causes hyper-responsiveness of the bronchial ‘tubes’ that may lead to recurrent episodes of coughing particularly at night or in the early morning, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness.

Standard Medical (Diagnostic) Approach:

History and examination of the patient. To identify pollen, grass, tree or weed allergies, testing can be completed by: [list unordered] “Skin Prick Testing”. where small, fixed amounts of suspected allergens and/or their extracts are tested on the skin and their reactions measured and evaluated. Blood in which the concentration of specific IgE antibodies is measured and evaluated. [/list]

Standard Management & Treatment Approach:

A customised written plan for pro-actively monitoring and managing symptoms should be created. It should include the minimization of allergen exposure, assessment of the severity of symptoms and monitoring with spirometry and the usage of appropriate medications. Prescription for cortisone-like substances are generally considered the most effective treatment. Short term relief may be provided by sprays such as Ventolin.

Integrative Holistic Medical Approach

The Integrative Holistic Medical approach to pollen, grass, tree or weed allergies also takes into consideration additional factors such as the person’s other medical conditions, total nutrition, gut health, the environment and any other possible underlying causes. Where the Standard Medical Approach does not assist or is not wanted, the Holistic medical approach can include, Low Dose Immunotherapy to diagnose and treat the patient’s allergies. Low Dose Immunotherapy has a wide variety of applications in relation to foods, inhalants, and various other substances. Professional assessment and management is required at each step in the Low Dose Immunotherapy diagnosis and treatment planning process.

What does a US environmental allergist think about Low Dose Immunotherapy?

Dr Rapp served as Clinical Assistant Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo until January 1996. She practiced traditional allergy medicine for 18 years. After learning about environmental medicine in 1975, Dr Rapp began to incorporate the principles of environmental medicine into her paediatric allergy practice. Dr Rapp talks about her experiences using Low Dose Immunotherapy with patients who suffer from allergies and asthma. Click on the video below.

This type of diagnosis and treatment is available at YourHealth Brighton, Victoria, Australia.