Allergies are a response of the body’s immune system resulting in an IgE reaction to a specific a protein found in foods, pollens, house dust, animal hair or moulds etc. These proteins are called allergens.
Contact with an allergen can be by way of your eyes, your skin or with the lining of your lungs, mouth, esophagus (gullet), stomach or intestines.
In some people, severe allergies may result in life-threatening anaphylactic reactions.
Standard diagnostic approach:
History and examination of the patient.
To identify Allergies, testing can be completed by:
“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.
Standard Medical (Management & Treatment) Approach
In less severe cases offending substances may be avoided. However, in the case of foods the more restrictions you impose the more likely nutritional imbalances and professional advice is needed.
In more severe cases professional advice is required and may result in the prescription of drugs such as antihistamines and/or cortisone like substances.
Where anaphylaxis is triggered adrenalin (contained in an “epi pen”) is generally prescribed.
Integrative Holistic Medical Approach
The Integrative Holistic Medical approach to allergies also takes into consideration additional factors such as the person’s other medical conditions, total nutrition, the gut, 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
After learning about environmental medicine in 1975, Dr Rapp began to incorporate the principles of environmental medicine into her pediatric allergy practice.
Dr Rapp talks about her experiences using Low Dose Immunotherapy with patients who have food allergies