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SUBLINGUAL IMMUNOTHERAPY DROPS-ALLERGY DROPS

Whether you have chronic illness, pain and fatigue, hormonal dysregulation, or just seasonal allergies, allergy testing and treatment can help bring added relief to your condition. Any reaction to a food, inhalant like dust or pollen, pesticide, or even your own hormones can signal the body to release chemical messengers in the blood. These chemicals, needed in certain times but if unregulated, can increase inflammation and contribute to pain and fatigue, bring on asthma or other respiratory conditions, and reduce your ability to make needed hormones. Treatment is now available to desensitize those reactions in an oral drop form instead of an allergy shot. The mixtures of the drops, like the allergy shot, involve the use of dilutions of substances patients are reacting to in an allergic fashion. This is the method used by all allergists whether conventional allergy shots are used or the newer technology of sublingual allergy drops. For the last one hundred years physicians have used dilutions of the very substances they suspected of causing the reaction to stop the reaction and reduce or eliminate the necessary avoidance of the substance.
Of course the sublingual drops are easier to take than trying to go into a doctor’s office at least once a week for an allergy shot. The drops can be taken throughout the week for a more optimum effect than the shots without interrupting your schedule. You or your children are more apt to be compliant with drops and its safety surpasses the conventional allergy shot.

HISTORY

”Using sublingual drops is not new, nor is it unusual. Allergy patients in many states are treated by this method. It is the only method used in Great Britain and is widely used by a majority of physicians in France and Italy. The World Health Organization Committee on Allergy Immunotherapy in 1998 stated that allergy drops were a "viable alternative to... injections". This report was finally reported in this country two years later. Allergen Immunotherapy; Guidelines, Update, and Recommendations of the World Health Organization. Allergy and Asthma Proceedings, May-June 2000. Vol 21(3) 159-132. There are many more references in this article. Many physicians in this country have been using allergy drops over the last fifty years.” Roby MD


IF YOU’RE
• interested in treating the cause...not just the symptoms...of allergies
• ready to take control of your allergies & your health
• not seeing the results after trying other treatments
• unable to tolerate, or have seen no results from injection immunotherapy...

Hope Is Here.

At the Jace Wellness Center, we can help you identify and treat the causes of your allergies—not just the symptoms—through allergy drops taken under the tongue. This effective, well-researched approach to immunotherapy, also known as sublingual immunotherapy help patients throughout the country to take control of their allergies and related conditions including asthma, sinusitis, eczema, chronic fatigue and pain, and a host of other related illnesses.

To find out whether our treatment might be right for you, read on or contact us.

Allergy causes, symptoms & definitions

Exactly what is an allergy? How are allergies and asthma related? What are the most common causes? Symptoms? And how can you avoid exposure to allergens? We encourage you to always seek medical attention if you think you're experiencing an allergic condition.

Common causes

Allergies result from exposure to one or more substances called "allergens." Perfectly harmless to most people, common allergens include:
• Pollen
• Mold/Fungi
• Dust mites
• Animal dander
• Insect venom, especially from bees and wasps
• Latex rubber
• Food, especially cow's milk, egg protein, soy, peanuts and fish

People come into contact with allergens through breathing (e.g. pollen and dust), eating, insect stings and skin exposure.

Science is still trying to understand why people experience allergic reactions. We do know that genetics play a role. If your parents suffered from allergies, you stand a better chance of experiencing allergies -- although it's possible to be sensitive to a different set of allergens.

What causes asthma, and how is it related to allergies?
Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the bronchial passages (airways) in the lungs. This inflammation leads to a tightening of muscles (bronchial spasms), a swelling of the inside linings and the formation of tiny mucous plugs. As a result, breathing can become extremely difficult.

Asthma is triggered by a combination of factors, including allergies, pollutants, viral infections, exercise and changes in weather. Approximately 80% of all asthma cases among children are caused by allergies. For adults, the rate is about 50%.

What causes sinusitis?
Sinusitis -- America's most common chronic disease -- results from blockages of the openings (called "ostia") which drain mucus from the sinuses. The most common cause of these blockages is an upper respiratory tract viral infection, such as a cold or flu. Respiratory allergies, especially hay fever, can have the same effect.

Chronic sinusitis is caused by reactions to mold/fungi in over 90 percent of cases. Treatment must be directed at the mold allergy and on the colonization of molds on the mucous membrane of the nose and sinuses.
Typical symptoms

You may be suffering from an allergy if you're experiencing one or more of the symptoms described below. We've also listed typical symptoms of asthma and sinusitis, two conditions which can be closely related to allergies. Always consult your doctor for a full and accurate diagnosis.

Respiratory allergies
• Sneezing
• Nasal congestion
• Runny nose
• Wheezing (whistling sound while breathing)
• Coughing
• Itchy eyes, nose and/or throat
• Watery eyes
• Puffy eyes
• Allergic "shiners" (dark circles beneath the eyes)
• Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the membrane lining the eyelid)

Skin-related allergies
• Itching
• Burning
• Rash
• Blisters
• Eczema

Food allergies
• Skin rash
• Hives (intensely itching welts)
• Diarrhea
• Vomiting
• Nausea
• Swelling of the lips, tongue and/or throat
• Itching of the throat, tongue and/or palate
• Sensation of tightness in the throat and/or chest
• Hoarse voice
• Hypotension (drop in blood pressure)
• Wheezing
• Runny nose
• Sneezing
• Anaphylaxis (severe life-threatening allergic reaction)

Insect allergies
• Localized swelling
• Facial swelling
• Exhaustion
• Shortness of breath
• Dizziness
• Hypotension
• Swelling of the throat
• Nausea
• Abdominal and/or chest pain
• Anaphylaxis

Asthma
• Breathlessness
• Wheezing
• Coughing
• Tightness in chest
• Excess mucus

Sinusitis
Symptoms lasting 10 days or longer
• Facial pain
• Sinus headache
• Feeling of fullness in face
• Difficulty breathing through nose
• Runny nose
• Loss of smell
• Foul smell in nose
• Fever
• Toothache
Avoiding allergens

There are many things you can do to reduce your allergic symptoms. For some allergies, especially those involving food, prevention means simply avoiding exposure to the foods that cause the symptom. Other allergies, including those caused by pollen, mold, dust mites and other airborne allergens, can be harder to escape.

Here are some things you can do around your home to reduce common allergens:

General
• Choose convection (hot water) heat over forced air
• Choose hard-surface floors (i.e., wood or vinyl) over carpeting.
• Choose shades over Venetian blinds.
• Wash curtains in hot water (over 130 degrees Fahrenheit) to kill dust mites.
• Maintain indoor humidity between 35% and 40% -- never more than 50%
• Use air conditioning and/or a dehumidifier to reduce humidity.
• Use an allergen-trapping air conditioning filter and/or a HEPA-filter air cleaner.
• Clean humidifiers often using a diluted solution of bleach or white vinegar.
• Ensure adequate ventilation, especially in a tightly insulated home.
• Clean visible mold from walls and ceilings.
• Mix paint with a mold inhibitor before applying.
• Do not store firewood indoors -- there may be mold in the bark.
• Limit the number of indoor plants.
• Avoid live Christmas trees.
• Consider buying products that control allergens --available in specialty catalogs and on the Internet.
• Dogs, cats and other furry critters may be wonderful companions, but they're also a primary source of allergens.

Bedroom
• Avoid down comforters, feather and foam rubber pillows, and foam rubber mattresses.
• Place bedding inside allergen-impenetrable covers.
• Wash bedding in hot water, if possible, or in water treated with an allergen-neutralizing product.
• Keep your closet and its contents, particularly footwear, dry.
• Sleep with the windows closed.

Kitchen
• Use an exhaust fan to eliminate food vapors.
• Regularly empty water from the pans beneath your refrigerator's self-defrosting unit.
• Frequently take out the garbage.

Bathroom
• Use an exhaust fan to remove humidity, especially after a shower or bath.
• Squeegee excess water from the shower stall, tub and tiles.
• Use mold-inhibiting and mold-killing solutions to clean hard surfaces, area rugs and shower curtain.
• Do not carpet the floor.

Basement
• Vent the clothes dryer to outside.
• Use a mold-inhibitor in paint, especially for block and brick walls.
• Because of high humidity, do not use the basement as a bedroom.
• Run a dehumidifier.

Outdoors
• Avoid being outside between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.; that's when pollen counts are typically highest.
• Stay indoors on sunny, dry and windy days.
• If you must do yard work, especially mowing or raking, wear a tight-fitting dust mask.
• Avoid exposure to soil, compost piles, sandboxes, hay, fertilizers and pesticides.
• Trim foliage to prevent shading of the house.
• Correct drainage problems so that water runs away from the house foundation.
• Avoid drying clothes near a garden.

 

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