Allergic reactions can occur any time we breathe, touch, or otherwise come into contact with something our immune system views as dangerous. Many substances we come in contact with every day can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Having an allergy means that your immune system has mistaken something harmless, like pollen or peanuts, as dangerous. The immune system produces your allergy symptoms in an attempt to get rid of a foreign invader. Immune system cells make chemicals such as histamine, which causes many allergy symptoms.
No one knows why some people develop allergies to certain substances. The immune system goes through a “training” period during childhood and may make a mistake between something harmless and actual danger. We all have cells that attack invaders with chemicals like histamine. When the invader is a harmless allergen, the resulting symptoms become a problem.
Each person’s immune system reacts differently to an allergen, and in different ways to the same allergen.
Symptoms may include:
The symptoms you experience often depend on how the allergen enters the body. If you come in contact with it on your skin, for example, you may develop a rash, while if you inhale it, you may develop respiratory symptoms.
Most medical treatments for allergies work by suppressing the particular aspect of the immune system that is overreacting. For example, antihistamines target a molecule called histamine that causes runny nose, watery eyes, and itching. However, this method only gets rid of symptoms for a while.
Naturopathic medicine with Dr. Cutler seeks to work with your environment to control your exposure to your allergens, as well as help internally to reduce inflammatory responses. After a thorough consultation, Dr. Cutler will develop a plan that may involve dietary changes, improved nutrition, natural supplements, and other treatments. Managing the environment means filtering water and air whenever possible to limit exposures to many different kinds of potential allergens.
Dietary changes may include avoiding certain foods that might be triggering allergic reactions. Many people feel healthier after eliminating foods like dairy from their diets. Dr. Cutler may also suggest adding nutritional supplements that help your immune system regulate itself.
Purifying the environment as much as possible helps greatly with many allergy symptoms. A combination of air and water filtration can catch many allergens as well as toxins. Removing shoes at the door to avoid tracking in allergens can help, as well as immediately removing any clothes that might be contaminated with airborne allergens.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Doug Cutler and his team of expert naturopathic providers to learn more about your allergies. Call us at (248) 663-0165 today! Cutler Integrative Medicine is dedicated to your health and well-being.
Cutler Integrative Medicine is a premier award-winning wellness clinic that provides patients with unparalleled individualized naturopathic healthcare, Dr. Doug Cutler is a nationally renowned expert in Naturopathic medicine and has the highest training in his field, as well as in Environmental Medicine, IV Nutrient Therapy, and Detoxification. His ClubIV™ is one of the most extensive IV Nutrient Clinics in the country.