How Can Functional Medicine Doctors Help Treat Allergies?
If you’re one of America’s 30+ million allergy sufferers, you likely know the discomfort of allergy season all too well and can probably agree that the allergy season consistently worsens year after year. An apparent ‘triple whammy’ of factors across New Jersey continuously contributes to what has been likened to a pollen ‘tsunami’ by experts. Allergy season can cause misery for millions across the United States, turning dreams of lovely spring into nothing short of sneezing, wheezing nightmares.
Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide. Symptoms range from simply making you miserable to experiencing life-threatening reactions. According to lead experts, an allergic reaction begins in the immune system: if you suffer from an allergy, your immune system mistakes an otherwise harmless substance as an invader, producing immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies travel to cells that release histamine and other chemicals, causing an allergic reaction.
Most common allergies include:
- Insect stings
- Animal dander
- Grasses, shrubs and trees
Our Comprehensive Wellness Center’s Approach to Treatment
Our sophisticated diagnostic tools range from precise environmental testing to food allergy testing. We perform a “multi-test” skin exam, testing for 52 allergens local to our New Jersey shore communities. Once we identify the specific allergen that’s behind the suffering, we may be able to successfully resolve the symptoms with our immunotherapy program. In the course of immunotherapy, very small doses of the allergen are administered and gradually increased each week. This gradual build-up of the allergen eventually decreases sensitivity to the allergen. Mixtures are customized for each patient. All of our testing and immunotherapy has been FDA approved. Many of our patients are thrilled with the great success that is achieved with our immunotherapy program.
We also offer a comprehensive blood test to test for latent sensitivities of up to 600 foods, common chemical irritants, and other compounds. Knowing which foods and chemicals to avoid can be nothing short of life-changing for those suffering from these symptoms.
And did you know that acupuncture treatment can help to alleviate nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, and even the sleep disturbances and fatigue associated with allergies, as it helps to treat the underlying root cause? And, of course, chiropractic care maintains a properly functioning nervous system, integral to optimal wellness.
Put an end to itchy eyes, scratchy throats, and nasal congestion with the functional medicine doctors of Atlantic Medicine & Wellness! Learn more about what our team of practitioners is capable of by contacting us or giving us a call at 732-655-6154.