Many people ask if I can help them with allergies for themselves and their children. They are tired of taking Zyrtec, Claritin, and Benadryl on a regular basis. They want to understand why they have allergies. Allergies is a term commonly applied to symptoms such as runny nose, conjunctivitis, asthma, hives or eczema that often occur in association with a season or exposure to certain foods or substances like pollens, pet dander, or dust. In fact, a wide variety of symptoms and systems may be involved in allergic or ‘sensitivity’ reactions that occur when a person’s immune system no longer tolerates seemingly benign substances. Although some allergies are ‘fixed’, correcting imbalances can minimize severity of symptoms. Other sensitivities may be reversed entirely with the proper attention.
- Identifying specific allergenic foods and environmental substances is an important first step in resolving allergic symptoms.
- It is important to take a look at digestive function. Maldigestion and intestinal microflora imbalances can set the stage for chronic allergies, especially to foods.
- Deficient cortisol in adrenal insufficiency can result in heightened allergic inflammatory responses. Confused? What is this? Ask Dr. Naumes to explain at your next visit.
- Imbalances in key antioxidant nutrients can aggravate histamine reactions and impair immune function.
- Inherited tendencies for allergic immune reactions is an underlying factor for many individuals with allergies. Finding out what these are and correcting imbalances can improve quality of life.
- Consider pre-conception care to learn about the effects of prenatal exposure to environmental toxins and how to minimize those exposures to decrease your child’s risk of allergies