Author: Dr. Michelle Durkin on 15 May 2018
Are you sick of using over-the-counter antihistamines?
Maybe it’s time to try a different approach. Not only are there some excellent effective alternatives to help you manage your symptoms during allergy season, there are ways to get rid of your allergies all together!
Many of you start reacting to external allergens like pollens, and grasses because your immune system is already primed to react.
Then you suppress your immune system with OTC anti-histamines. But you are just treating the symptoms – not the underlying cause.
The immune system gets primed because you are usually eating something your immune system doesn’t like or is intolerant to. The top 3 intolerances I see in my office are dairy, gluten, and sugar. Eggs will often be positive but that is because they are frequently mixed with the top 3. Currently the most accurate way to determine whether you have a food intolerance is to have an IgG blood test. The one I currently use is from the lab Rocky Mountain Analytical. You can find more information here: IgG Food Sensitivity Test
While you are working on the underlying cause you can also use effective symptom management solutions that are going to work with your immune system, instead of working against it. Here are my 3 favourite choices:
Want to learn more about natural solutions for allergies? Join Dr. Durkin on the Quinte Naturopathic Centre Facebook page Tuesday May 22nd at 7pm for a live webinar.
Now I would love to hear from you! Has addressing underlying food sensitivities improved your seasonal allergies? What natural treatments worked for you to help your allergies? Leave your comments below and I will be back next week with another Doctor as Teacher Tuesday.
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