Allergies are acute immune responses to substances that should be immunologically neutral. Symptoms range from a runny nose to headaches to more severe and life-threatening reactions such as anaphylaxis.
Once the body determines that a substance may be dangerous, it releases specific allergic antibodies that bind to blood and tissue cells. This attachment triggers the release of inflammatory mediators such as histamines, leukotrienes and prostaglandins that cause the symptoms of an allergy attack.
Avoiding the allergenic substance is usually recommended as we work with your body to decrease sensitivity. Treatment will include looking at why you developed your allergy and how we can support your immune system to re-learning a normal response.
The root of allergies usually involves some digestive disturbances including leaky gut or inflammation. As your body learns that benign substances do not require an immune response, you will be able to encounter your allergen with no ill effects.
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