So You Have Allergy Problems?

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergy problems. Lots of them may go untreated. This condition usually leaves people's bodies feeling itchy, congested, swollen, irritated, and even suicidal. We'll get to that later. 

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Thankfully for everyone, there are doctors who specialize in this particular field of treatment. If you or someone you know has been thinking of visiting an allergist, keep reading to see why you and everyone else should.

 What Is an Immunologist?

Generally speaking, an immunologist or allergist is a doctor who specializes in treating people for their allergy symptoms. These people perform allergy and human disease treatments that surpass store bought allergy medications. They also regularly educate people about their allergy conditions so that they can get to know their overall body better. 

What Can I Expect?

You can expect some form of test or examination before you are prescribed or eligible to receive any kind of procedure. There are multiple different ways to test allergies. Dr. Kathryn Edwards, allergist and immunologist from New Jersey, even lists a more detailed set of tests done at her practice. Here is a list of a few of the methods that your immunologist will possibly perform.
       Allergy 1 test- this is a classic test. A blood sample is taken to see if any high 1gb levels are detected.
      Some physicians draw blood to test IgG food antibody levels to test for food allergens..
      Some physicians may even test your body for white blood cells to see if they are fighting against a reaction.
      Skin testing can also be done to test for reactions to chemicals, foods, dust, molds, and other allergy-causing substances.
 After these tests are performed, you will soon be able to actually do something about your allergies. 

What Will They Be Able To Do?

As soon as your tests are done, your immunologist will be ready to change your life! You will most likely be diagnosed with one of the following types of allergies.       Hay Fever - This when substances have entered your body and reacted to immunoglobulins. Then, histamine becomes activated and there you have it, an allergic response. 

      Chemical Reactions - There can be a specific environmental factor or technological device that exerts a chemical that reacts to your body that causes an immune reaction or worse.

      Food Allergies - There are two different types of food allergies. Type 1 food allergies this response happens as soon as you eat something that your body is allergic to. Other forms like masked or cyclical allergies show up later. These can be undetected or misdiagnosed when not taken seriously. This is why an immunologist is so important. 

 Now that the most important step to treating your allergies is completed you can now expect to feel better soon! So, start planning your get well party right away because we know how detrimental allergies can be. Now you need to come to an agreement about the appropriate treatment options for you with your immunologist.

Teach You About Your Allergies

Ignorance is bliss when it comes to some things but not allergies. You need to know everything about your allergies and what they are doing to your body. Unaddressed subclinical signs can cause your body to go through multiple complications and negative side effects that eventually give you a disease. Here are some of the diseases that your allergies could be the underlying cause of.       asthma
      irritable bowel syndrome
      skin disease
 Your immunologist will also teach you about when your allergies are triggered so that you can avoid them from ruining your life any further. Some allergies may be triggered in the late spring when pollen is filled in the air. Some may even become allergic when their neighbors cut their grass every day.

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You will definitely know this after your cause has been pinpointed. You may have to wait a longer amount of time to receive this type of information depending on lab results and other contributing factors. 

The Treatment Process

 There are various ways of treating allergies! Your battle will finally be won! Immunologist have very personalized methods of treating their patients. Most of them know that their practice is not as effective when it is exercised with perceptions of universalization.
 For those of you who do not know what universalization is, it is the practice of treating every patient according to what works for the masses. For example, we see this with vaccinations and other medical treatments that give all patients the same exact medication no matter their varying genetics or immune capabilities.  Immunologist considers the unique genetic and immune characteristics that your body portrays when they treat you for your very unique allergy problem. This will ensure that you do not suffer from any further immune responses or allergic reactions. Here are a few treatment options that you expect from your immunologist:       Allergy Shots(immunotherapy)- This is a method much like vaccines that give you small dosages of things that may cause allergic reactions so that your body can get used to them. The dosages will continue to increase the more you go take them.
       Detoxification- Bentonite clay, and fasting.
       Diet- They may advise you to stop eating certain foods like milk and others that may trigger your reaction.
       Supplements- Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, B Complex, Digestive Enzymes, L-Tyrosine, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, and others can aid in or even stop your allergies
       Herbs- Garlic, Ginseng, Yerba mute, Turmeric, Horehound, Butterbur, and other herbs can help or cure your allergies

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