Allergy season is here!
We all know that Spring is the allergy season. It does vary for some, but many of us experience the itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and congestion that seems to permeate even our thoughts. So every year, we scramble for the anti-histamines, with variable results. Well, as someone who assesses patients with allergies, I have learned a few things over the years. I hope this helps.
There are several factors that may cause your allergies.
It’s important to start looking at the larger picture when it comes to your allergies. So many factors, not just allergen exposure, will influence your symptoms.
Factor 1: Elevated Histamine Levels
First, many individuals generally produce elevated levels of histamine and may be slow at breaking it down. This results in symptoms being amplified in general; however, with elevated levels of histamine being produced in the gut, the potential for leaky gut increases, resulting in an increase in food allergies.
Factor 2: Genetic Influences
Genetic influences can also result in poor histamine elimination. DAO is an enzyme that breaks down histamine and related compounds, such as Putrescine, in the gut. HNMT, on the other hand, degrades histamine in the bloodstream. Genetic polymorphisms can influence the function of these enzymes, as well. All of these genetic factors have an influence on your own histamine tolerance. These enzymes can be analyzed for you as part of our genetic evaluation.
Factor 3: Gut Immune Function
Gut microbiome is a hugely influential factor because it regulates our immune system. We can see the influence of strain-specific probiotics on histamine production. For instance, histamine is a huge contributing factor to Leaky Gut Syndrome. Normally, the gut has a barrier function that separates what it needs from what it eliminates. When you have Leaky Gut Syndrome, that barrier breaks down, and you’re more likely to be sensitive to allergies. Another important thing is that people often focus on their dietary changes, which are important, but if you don’t address the Leaky Gut, then new allergies may develop. It’s critical that if you have Leaky Gut, that this is addressed at the same time as your allergies.
What this all means is that dietary habits, genetics, the function of the gut microbiome and the integrity of the gut are all very important considerations when addressing any type of allergic reaction.
Factor 4: The Nervous System
Another important area that many individuals are acutely aware of is the nervous system. Ask yourself if your allergies seem to aggravate when you are having a difficult time coping or are just under high levels of stress. Many would agree there is a notable connection between feeling “stressed” and the aggravation of allergy-related symptoms. This connection is also supported with research.
As you can see, allergic reactions that may present as seasonal allergies, asthma, hives, food allergies are influenced by a number of factors that really need to be acknowledged and addressed at the same time or before desensitization occurs.
So, what is allergy desensitization?
Well desensitization is a term used to describe the process of developing immune tolerance with a treatment method. Tolerance is simply the term used to describe the ability of the immune system to differentiate whether it will react, such as an auto-immune or allergic response, to self or foreign antigens.
How does homeopathic desensitization work?
I use a homeopathic desensitization program that covers a wide variety of triggers including environmental, food etc… with a high rate of success. It does not involve injections and is a simple test that takes place in the office. We use an Asyra system to identify individual allergens and use the information to create an individualized homeopathic remedy administered as drops under the tongue. While being tested, the patient holds conductive electrodes which measures the body’s impedance and conductance. When a digital frequency of a potential allergen or remedy is included in the circuit, the computer then can measure the response. The advantage is that thousands of potential allergens can be tested in a non-invasive manner very quickly. Once we have the allergens recorded, we can then use the digital information and imprint it electronically to drops, which are taken orally. Depending on the number of allergies, the treatment usually needs to be repeated (3-6 treatments on average). In some cases, we will repeat treatments as needed; such as if seasonal allergies return. When I first started this method I was critical and skeptical, but also open if results were apparent. My confidence in this treatment has definitely increased after seeing individuals with previously difficult to manage seasonal allergy symptoms have reduced or negligible symptoms despite reducing or eliminating anti-histamine medication.