Allergies and sensitivities are becoming increasingly common. It is thought that by 2050, the number of people affected by allergic disease in Australia will increase by 70%, affecting approximately 7.7 million. These reactions are due to an inappropriate immune response to what should be a harmless substance in the environment - whether that be a food, chemical, natural substance, pollen, grass, animal dander or dust.
For some people, the reaction is to the trigger instant (as in the case of hayfever, or serious anaphylaxis), but for others reactions are delayed, making it difficult to pinpoint the culprit, particularly where foods are concerned.
Conventional treatments for allergic conditions may include antihistamines or steroid medications, however these do little to address the underlying immune imbalance, and can come with significant side-effects, particularly if they are being used long-term.
What Are Common Symptoms Of Allergy & Intolerance?
- Sneezing and wheezing
- Rashes and skin outbreaks, including hives, eczema, dermatitis
- Watery eyes
- Digestive upsets such as bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea
- Bronchitis and asthma
- Chronic headaches
- Poor concentration
- Mood changes
- Aches & pains
- Energy slumps
What Does Naturopathic Treatment For Allergies & Sensitivities Involve?
Once I assess your symptoms, I create a personalised naturopathic care plan to help you get on track towards reducing your allergy and reactivity symptoms. This includes addressing the factors that have contributed to your reactions in the first place - such as reducing inflammation. Good gut health is also a core focus of my treatment plans (as 70% of the immune system is located in the gut, and this area is vital to healthy immune function). Your plan may include the following:
- Prescribed natural medicine(s) to help rebalance your immune system and improve your tolerance threshold to your allergens/triggers. These may include evidence-based natural medicines such as specific probiotic strains that have been proven to reduce allergic responses, herbal medicines to reduce immune system reactivity and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
- A short-term dietary plan to avoid certain trigger foods and/or chemicals to give your body a rest and an opportunity to reset.
- Stress-management techniques and the inclusion of activities that you enjoy (such as spending time with others and having fun!). Elevated stress levels and anxiety have been shown to make reactivity symptoms worse.
- Professional guidance and support
- Review of symptoms and monitoring of improvement.