Allergies affect millions of adults and children with
symptoms of sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose
Other common symptoms of allergy include a persistent cough, asthma, eczema, headaches, joint and muscle pain, irritability or brain fog. Frequently abdominal symptoms such as bloating, indigestion, gastric reflux, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea may be encountered.
Yet the first most common symptom of allergy is fatigue.
Fatigue is often attributed to other causes when allergy is actually the reason.
Persistent symptoms of allergy may have serious physical, social, emotional and cognitive effects on individuals suffering from allergies. Overall the decreased quality of life may be very significant.
In addition to airborne allergies, undiagnosed food allergies are one of the most common causes of chronic disease. For common symptoms that may be due to food sensitivities please see our section on Food Allergies.
Most physicians will treat your allergies with anti-histamine and decongestant prescriptions.
In doing so they fail to address the real
problem, the actual allergy
Or, they may schedule you for weekly allergy injections.
Wycoff Wellness Center, right here in East Lansing, offers alternative
allergy treatments for the best way to treat your allergy symptoms
without the need for weekly allergy shots
The Wycoff Wellness Center approach to allergy
The Wycoff Wellness Center approach to allergy is to begin with a comprehensive history and complete physical examination. We then discuss the potential for other tests for allergy such as blood tests (RAST testing), skin testing or pulmonary function testing. We then put all of this information together and provide you with a complete method to deal with your allergy symptoms.
Our treatment program emphasizes education regarding your specific allergy findings and symptoms that you are experiencing. Our highly trained staff will assist you in reducing your exposure to the identified allergens in your home or work environment. We may recommend a variety of prescription medications depending upon your specific needs.
We may also offer you the option of treatment of your allergies. This
may be accomplished without the need for allergy shots
by sublingual drops (under-the-tongue) immunotherapy.
Our experience has found that sublingual treatment is
as effective as allergy shots but much easier to accomplish.
Our office will be able to provide to you under the tongue drops that may be administered at home on a daily basis.
The Wycoff Wellness Center staff will demonstrate how easy
it is to effectively treat your allergies in this manner
without the need for weekly allergy injections.
LOW DOSE ALLERGEN IMMUNOTHERAPY (LDA)
LDA is an exciting method of allergy treatment.
LDA offers a unique method of treatment for a variety of allergies.
LDA is unlike any other conventional treatment.
For more information about LDA please see our web page Low Dose Allergen Immunotherapy
Call today to learn more about
The Wycoff Wellness Center approach to allergy.
If an individual has a genetic predisposition towards allergy their plasma cells, a form of white blood cells, produce an abnormal antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE antibody). A different antibody will be produced against each allergic antigen or offending substance. These abnormal IgE antibodies circulate in the blood and bind to mast cells (described below).
Once an individual has an abnormal IgE antibody to an allergen on a mast cell, they are sensitized to the allergen. The next time they inhale or ingest that substance, their plasma cells not only produce more antibodies, further stressing their immune system, but the allergens bind to the antibodies on the mast cells, causing the mast cells to die, rupture and spill their chemical contents directly into the tissue.
The primary chemical that is released into the tissue from the mast cell is histamine. This is why anti-histamines are the typical treatment for allergic symptoms.
Histamine and the other allergic mediated chemicals released from the mast cells cause local tissue swelling, inflammation and drainage. When this happens in the respiratory tract, initially the patient has a clear drainage. But because the immune system is under stress, this clear discharge can become a culture medium for bacteria and viruses. Subsequently, the drainage becomes yellow and green and now the patient goes to their physician with an upper respiratory infection. The physician will then treat the underlying infection with antibiotics along with anti-histamines and decongestants. Again,in doing so they fail to address the real underlying problem, the actual allergy.
About Mast Cells
Mast cells are important because they line the respiratory tract from the tip of the nose through the nasopharyx, through the four sets of sinuses (maxillary, ethmoid, sphenoid and frontal sinuses), down the bronchial tubes, into the lungs as well as into the gastrointestinal tract. The mast cells are located on the mucosal lining of the respiratory and gastrointestinal tract.
To find out how The Wycoff Wellness Center
can help you identify and treat your airborne inhaled allergies
call today to schedule a consultation