Environmental allergies are a response to triggers you come into contact with in your surroundings or inhale during your day-to-day activities. Symptoms of environmental allergies will vary from person to person and symptoms may vary by intensity based on the time of year.
The symptoms of environmental allergies can be similar to a cold, but they’re not caused by the same thing. A virus causes a cold while allergies are a reaction caused by an immune system response to certain substances in your surroundings. Common environmental allergy symptoms include:
Food allergy is a serious and potentially life-threatening medical condition affecting 32 million Americans. One in every 13 children has a food allergy—that’s about 2 in every U.S. classroom. And every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction may involve the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, the cardiovascular system and the respiratory tract. They can surface in one or more of the following ways:
While any food can cause an adverse reaction, eight types of food account for about 90 percent of all reactions:
Dr. Love has been trained in and follows the LaCrosse Method. It involves obtaining a careful history from a patient, obtaining blood work or skin testing, and making a specific treatment plan. After your visit is complete, Dr. Love consults with a special compounding pharmacist to make a unique allergy formula. After observation in the office with the first dose at the follow up appointment, the patient takes the formula home for use. The unique formulas consist of either environmental allergens or food allergens. It is sprayed under the tongue in metered spray dosing for accuracy.
Under your tongue, you have special T cells from the immune system which can down regulate allergic reactions. The cells which cause the release of chemicals like histamine are very few in number under the tongue. This is an ideal place to have a therapy to help the immune system and is a low risk for severe allergic reactions.
The treatment does not involve time consuming and painful allergy shots which can lead to possible anaphylaxis. The approach Dr. Love uses is much safer and more affective due to the ease of administration and improved compliance with home therapies.
During the visit an allergy questionnaire will be reviewed and a pertinent history & physical will be completed. After an in-depth discussion with the patient or parent, blood testing will be ordered to determine the current extent of allergy issues.