Information: Hay Fever Allergy


ALLERGY INFORMATION FACTSHEET Hay Fever Allergy

Do you react to pollen, grass, trees or weeds?

All the listed symptoms may be cause by an allergic response when exposed to airborne grass, tree and weed pollen protein. It is estimated between 15% – 20% of people in Western Europe, North America and Australia suffer from these symptoms.

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:

In is generally advised to minimize exposure to the pollen, grass, tree or weed. In many cases drugs such as antihistamines cortisone like substances may be prescribed. Immunotherapy and sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) are management options. The therapies involve giving increasingly larger dose of the pollen, grass, tree or weed (either orally or by injection) over a period of some months. When the ideal dose is reached you may need to maintain the dosage for number of years. The aim is to “desensitise” you to the pollen, grass, tree or weed protein.

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 pollen allergies. Click on the video below.

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

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