An allergy occurs when the body's immune system overreacts to a substance that is normally harmless. Common triggers include: pollen, dust, latex, food, animal dander, insect bites and molds.
The white blood cells of an allergic individual produce an antibody called immunoglobulin, which attaches to the allergen. This triggers the release of histamine and other inflammatory chemicals that cause allergic symptoms, such as runny nose, watery eyes, swelling and hives.
Allergy treatment depends on the type of allergy and the severity of the symptoms. Read on to learn about the natural and conventional approaches.
Commonly used conventional treatments include allergy medications such as antihistamines, nasal sprays, decongestants, leukotriene inhibitors and immunotherapy which is also known as allergy shots.
These include removing the controllable triggers to the immune system such as common food allergens, using proper air filters along with controlling environmental triggers wherever possible (i.e. removing carpets and heavy curtains in your home, checking for mould etc). The natural approach also includes supporting the immune system with natural supplements, botanicals and/or chinese medicine (acupuncture and eastern botanicals). After a complete assessment has been performed, one of the Naturopathic Doctors at KIH clinic will design an effective treatment plan for you to follow which will include one or a combination of these natural therapeutics.
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