Allergies In Tinley Park IL

Allergies and Kids

1. What is an allergy and the different types?
– An allergy is a hypersensitive immune response to substances that either enter the body or come in contact with the body. The substance that causes an allergic response is called an allergen. The immune system may recognize something like pollen and think it is a foreign invader. The body will treat it like bacteria, a virus or other illness causing organism and attack it. The antibodies attack the allergen which leads to the release of chemicals called histamines into the blood. Histamines trigger many of the symptoms of allergies (runny nose, itchy eyes, and other symptoms.

Food allergies

  • Food allergies or food intolerances affect everyone at some point.
  • The most common types of food allergies are: milk, egg, wheat, nut, fish, soy, and casein
  • A good way to treat these is avoidance.

Pet Allergies

Seasonal Allergies

Spring Allergies

  •  The biggest trigger this time of year is pollen
  • Allergies tend to be worse on breezy days when the wind picks up pollen and carries it through the air. Rainy days or cause a drop in the pollen count because rain washes away the allergies.

Summer Allergies

  • Pollen is also the biggest offender in summer. Trees are usually done pollinating by late spring, leaving mostly grass and weeds to trigger summer allergies

Fall Allergies

  • Ragweed is the biggest offender in the fall
  • ¾ of people allergic to spring plants are also allergic to ragweed
  • Mold and dust mites are another fall trigger

Winter Allergies

  • When it gets cold out and you turn on your furnace this can start a new group of allergies such as mold and dust mites.

2. Who gets allergies and why?

  • Allergies can develop at any age. They are common in children but can sometimes start in adulthood.
  • The main reason some people have more allergies than others is heredity. If both parents have allergies the risk of their child getting them is 60%.
  • Environment is also important. You must have been exposed to an allergen in order to develop an allergy. The more intense and repetitive the exposure to an allergen and the earlier in life it occurs, the more likely that an allergy will develop.
  • Other influences to allergy development: smoking, pollution, infection, hormones
  • The number of people with allergies is increasing.
  • 30%-40% of people will have an allergy at some stage of their lives
  • The steepest increase in allergies has been observed in children (especially with food allergies)

3. Traditional Tx for allergies

Steroid nasal spray

  • Benefits: Helps reduce swelling and mucus in the nasal passageway and relieve other bothersome nasal symptoms
  • Side effects: sneezing, throat irritation, headaches and nosebleed, infection of nasal passageways, dryness/burning/stinging of nasal passages.

Antihistamines

  • Benefits: Reduce sneezing, itching, coughing
  • Side Effects: dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea & vomiting, confusion, blurred vision, trouble urinating, restlessness or moodiness

Decongestants

  • Benefits: Clears mucus and congestion to offer relief
  • Side Effects: Nervousness, sleeplessness, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure

Immunotherapy in the form of allergy shots

  • Itching/swelling/redness at the place where the shot was given, headache, coughing, fatigue.

4.  Our outlook and Tx for allergies…how we can help

  • We believe in treatment that is non invasive, with no, or very little side effects, and minimizes office visits resulting in less out of pocket cost and less stress on our patients. Treatment with sublingual immunotherapy will offer a cure for many of the most bothersome seasonal allergies and will also help with other allergies such as food and pet.

How it works:

  • Administered orally through a series of droppers that contain an individualized serum. These are based on your test results and will contain the allergens of which you are allergic.
  • The drops are applied under the tongue daily to safely build immunity to that allergen and soon make you allergy free
  • This treatment is completely needle free and is administered in the convenience of your home.

What do I have to do?

  • Make an appointment to have a test done in the office. The first step is to find out what you’re allergic to.
  • Receive the drops in the mail and take them daily
  • Come back to the office once per month for the first four months and then at one year.
  • Enjoy your life without allergies!

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Chiropractic Wellness of Tinley Park
17314 Oak Park Avenue
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 444-4344