ALLERGIES AND FOOD INTOLERANCES
Dr. Joëlle specialized in allergies and intolerances and has found that these are a growing concern among her patients, especially infants and children. As symptoms of allergies and intolerances overlap, she ensures that you are properly diagnosed with allergies or intolerances before proceeding to the treatment that best fits you and your lifestyle.
Allergies and Allergy Desensitization:
An allergy is defined as an inappropriate response by the body’s immune system to a substance outside of the body called an allergen. It is often classed as an immediate-type (Type-1) allergic reaction involving Immunoglobulin E (IgE). Symptoms are varied between individuals but commonly affect the skin, respiratory or gastrointestinal systems.
Common environmental allergy symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Itchy, red and watery eyes
- Itchy throat and post nasal drip
- Chronic cough
- Fatigue and disturbed sleep
- Rash or hives
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Fatigue and headache
- Rash or eczema
- Asthma or breathing difficulties
- Scratch test: in-house, results are immediate, and desensitization treatment can commence the next day. Choices include moulds and dust mites, ragweed, cats and dogs and foods such as peanut, shrimp, milk, soy, egg, wheat, and almond.
- Blood test:performed out of office and results take a few days. Desensitization can commence as soon as results are obtained. Choices includes a much wider range of allergens and foods.
Common food allergy symptoms:
Diagnosis of allergies can be done either by:
Joëlle has found that desensitization is the most effective way to address the underlying cause of an overactive immune response. She uses very small doses of the substance to which you are allergic via drops under the tongue, in progressively higher concentrations, to retrain the body’s immune response. This technique, called Sublingual Immunotherapy, has been found to be much safer and faster than allergy shots, but has the same efficacy. It is also painless as it does not use needles so is great for small children or those with a fear of needles. You can generally expect a rapid reduction in your allergic symptoms.
Once a diagnosis is obtained, treatment with sublingual immunotherapy can begin. Up to 4 allergens can be treated at a time, and treatment consists of five weekly treatments, each visit lasting thirty minutes. After one year, a booster shot to maintain results and prevent new symptoms. Depending on the individual, nutritional supplements, homeopathy and botanical medicine may also be used in order to enhance the results.
“My son could not sleep without waking up coughing and sneezing several times in the night. In one session he was able to sleep through the night and actually wake up rested. I am so impressed!” F.T.