I don’t normally suggest specific allergy testing for airborne allergens as I haven’t before had a specific treatment for each them. Cut down your trees or sell your dog aren’t things that clients like to hear. There was therefore no value in clients spending their health dollars on a test to identify the specifics. I have always worked with a more general approach to minimizing the allergic response overall. Naturopathic interventions work extremely well for moderating the immune system and decreasing the histamine reaction that causes allergy symptoms. Dietary changes, natural remedies are highly effective. But I am happy to say that I can offer more.
Now things are changing as I have on hand a natural and safe tool that can target those individual allergens. It has been in use for a long time, I am only just introducing it to the clinic. The research shows really good results and it is something that I am comfortable recommending.
Sublingual immunotherapy (S.L.I.T.) treats the cause of allergies by giving small doses (drops under the tongue) of the allergen to the patient. Exposure to these small doses over time increases the immunity or tolerance to the allergens and reduces the allergenic symptoms. Proven to be effective, safe and well tolerated, it is a great treatment option for everyone, including children. Symptom relief occurs within the first few months and with long term use you may even see your allergies disappear.
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If you already have been tested and know what you are allergic to, we can order you the treatment. If you do not know what you are allergic to we will do a simple skin scratch test in the clinic. It only take a couple of moments to perform and you will then be required to wait for 30 min at which point I will assess the level of reactivity
SLIT drops cost just a little over a dollar a day and can be used during or in advance of your allergy season, or on a regular basis if the allergy is to cat, dog, or dust.
If you are interested in testing, it is easy to get started. Go to the website, or call the reception service and when booking an appointment, choose “Allergy Testing” as the service and we will get started.
If you would like further information , as always, you are welcome to set up a free 15-min consultation either in person or on the phone or contact me through this link and I can answer any questions that you may have.
Dr.Vivienne Guy, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine