Allergies-Food and More
Sometimes the symptoms are obvious: runny nose; nasal congestion; itching, burning, watering eyes; wheezing; shortness of breath; itchy rash.
Sometimes the symptoms are far more subtle: fatigue, chronic GI problems (diarrhea or constipation), abdominal bloating, headache, joint and muscle pain, “brain fog,” depression, anxiety.
Clearly, not all allergies are created equal.
ENVIRONMENTAL allergies, the one’s causing the more “classic” symptoms, are typically mediated by a specific antibody type called IgE. Here we find the MULTI-BILLION dollar industry of antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays, saline rinses, steroids, cold remedies, and … ouch!!! … allergy shots.
Beyond these, often overlooked, sometimes very devious and deceptive, are FOOD allergies. Far more common than once suspected, these may be mediated by either IgE or IgG antibodies. The IgE food allergies aren’t deceptive at all. They’re terrifying! They can cause — almost immediately — facial swelling, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, choking, even death! The IgG allergies are the subtle ones, the silent ones, where symptoms often show themselves two or three (or more) days after exposure to the offending food.
Tired of suffering all the time? Want to minimize, or even eliminate, your allergy medications, even those frequent, painful, costly shots? Want to find out what foods to avoid so that you can feel better, more energetic, and less fatigued?
At Living With Intention, Dr. Elliott can help you identify, and control, your specific allergies. The goal, as always, is optimal health with minimal medication.