Solving Allergies Once and For All

Vancouver has some of the highest rates of allergies in the world. Research showed last year ¼ of all children have allergies. In the last two years people who have never complained of environmental allergies have all of a sudden started getting symptoms. Needles to say the sale of anti-histamines is through the roof. But if people aren’t dealing with the exhaustion from allergies they are dealing with the side effects of anti-histamines, which include exhaustion. We become tolerant to anti-histamines too so they don’t always work forever.

One of the best conventional treatments for allergies is allergy de-sensitization through injections of the same substances we are allergic to. This is a painful, too frequent and inconvenient and not always effective strategy. Some people even have allergic reactions to the injections.

A newer model of therapy called sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) uses the same antigens (things we are allergic to) like grass and dilutes the substance to a very small amount, which is then taken by mouth every day for approximately one year. This can allow for our immune system to become familiar with the antigen and allow for the stopping of the allergic response thereafter.

Many people don’t even know what they are allergic to in the first place. Scratch testing is an assessment tool I use to determine what the allergy is and then determine what SLIT would be suitable.  Scratch testing used to be only reserved for allergists, but trained NDs like myself can use it with great success in practice. SLIT treatments are also covered by most drug plans as they are by prescription.