An allergy is an immune reaction in which small amounts of a substance (an allergen) cause an exaggerated immune response, with unpleasant symptoms.
If you display hay fever, chronic sinusitis, chronic bronchitis, itching, headaches, bloating, muscle and joint pains, fatigue, sneezing, and/or coughing, you have a pretty good chance of having allergies to inhaled allergens, such as pollen, dust mites, mold, or pet dander. To assess exactly what you are allergic to, and to what degree, minute amounts of allergens are put just under the skin of the upper arm with a tiny needle. Even children tolerate this testing. The initial session may take an hour, or at most two hours.
Food allergies can often be difficult to identify, because they can present with a wide and variable range of symptoms. Gastrointestinal complaints (bloating, cramping, etc) are the more obvious symptoms, but food allergies, can also manifest as itching in unusual places, skin rashes, fatigue and joint aches. These symptoms may occur long after the offending food has been eaten, which makes it even more difficult to correctly identify these allergenic foods. To test a wide variety of individual foods, a blood sample can be obtained in our lab.
If you’ve tried shots and endless medications to control your allergies, you should know about new treatments that are safer, more effective and more convenient. The conventional approach to treating allergic reactions is to give you a shot every week, which is both inconvenient and potentially dangerous. Sublingual immunotherapy (oral drop) treatments are safer, more beneficial to your immune system, and much easier to live with. This short video below will show more information about sublingual immunotherapy and how it works.
Click here to watch Dr. Biddle’s video on Allergy Alternatives