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Naturopathic Allergy Testing
Buyer be ware.: There are many practitioners out there that are doing things that they call allergy testing that don't have any basis in science or reality. Be sure you see a board certified allergist for evaluation for allergy to be sure you are getting the best possible care! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Allergies can be identified by allergy tests. The best allergy test is a skin test. It is safe and reliable. The next best allergy test is a blood test - less reliable than skin tests but also safe. If we are looking into food allergy then a challenge test is very reliable but ...Read more
I'm not convinced: I had naturopathic allergy testing and clearing for my "sugar" allergy. I remain unconvinced and frankly a bit appalled at the audacity of the technique. That's my opinion. ...Read more
Not evidence based: Reflexology is time-honored but getting scientifically-controlled studies that show an effect above placebo has been problematic. The magic may come from the relationship with the practitioner, and i'd not criticize anyone who sought this out with a hope of relief. Use it as part of a comprehensive program of allergy management -- your health depends on this, as allergy isn't trivial. ...Read more
It is an allergy med: Like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) Chlor-Trimeton (chlorpheniramine maleate) is a 1st-generation antihistamine that is effective for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and hives. It causes drowsiness less frequently than Benadryl more more than Claritin (loratadine) or zyrtec. Its effects only last for 3-5 hours. Other side-effects include dry mouth & constipation. Men with prostate problems should be wary of it. ...Read more
Dr. How to test for food allergies? How does allergy testing work in general? And what about non food allergy testing?
Two kinds: Of allergy testing - blood test for antibody levels and skin prick test (a small amount of the substance placed on a sharp tip that is pressed against the skin). The skin test is more likely to correlate with real allergy, however remember w both methods it can only suggest a possible allergy. Would leave interpretation up to ur allergist. ...Read more
Complex answer: Allergy vaccine therapy (ait) is a very complex immunologic treatment. Basically what ait does is stops one's body from seeing an allergen as an allergen. The result is less allergy antibody production and less symptoms. The immunology of this is very complex and fills textbooks. ...Read more
Mechanism: It changes the regulating mechanism of the immune system to lower the specific types of ige antibodies and raising the igg4 antibodies. Allergy patient usually (90%) have too much ige antibodies which combine with the allergic protein and after bridging on a mast cell, a chemical reaction is produced resulting in your symptoms. ...Read more
No: No reason to believe that it would help with food allergy. The reason it is labeled as a food product is that no studies have been done to prove any health benefit of the product. However, there may be some health benefits of individual components of the product, though not necessarily in the amount provided. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perhaps: The standard for rosacea includes avoiding any known "triggers" - that may include sun, foods, topical agents, etc. Beyond that, using sun protection and occasionally antibiotic therapy will help in some individuals. Trying "natural" products is prob fine, but results (as with any skincare) will vary - particularly with non-prescription agents. Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ok turmeric and ala don't work - what are alternative OTC vitamin/herbs good for lupus to go with my medications :) ?
None, but...: There aren't any otc herbs, vitamins, or supplements that treat lupus, but that may be a good thing. Once a person has lupus, she has an autoimmune disease. Her immune system is no longer working right. However, it would be quite frightening if companies were selling over-the-counter herbs, vitamins, or supplements that were strong enough to alter the function of people's immune systems. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are there any home allergy testing kits that can be bought that work just as well as allergy testing at docs?
Unfortunately no: It would be nice to have allergy testing that can be done at home. Unfortunately, no reliable test kits are available. The most reliable test is a skin test applied and interpreted by an allergist. Even specific ige blood tests can have "false negative" results. Igg blood tests are essentially useless. ...Read more
They should!: Board certified allergists are trained to do desensitization treatments for a number of problems. The most common is for severe allergy problems to environmental allergens (pollen, animal danders, insect stings). However, many allergists can assist other doctors with medication desensitization (like antibiotics) as well. ...Read more
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
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