For some of us, we recognize a change in seasons not by a change in temperature, but by how we feel. The tell-tale signs and sudden onset of a variety of symptoms ranging from relentless sneezing, maddening rashes, itchy skin, eyes, ears, nose and mouth to trouble breathing, tickly throat, coughing, or congestion and fatigue are impossible to ignore. Allergies often interfere or prevent our enjoyment of activities, or affect our performance at work or school.
In many cases allergies are much more than a nuisance or annoyance. For some, allergies can significantly affect our ability to function normally and even our quality of life. Dealing with allergies can have a physiological impact in addition to the physical impact.
The sad truth is that the majority of us will experience some form of allergy in our lifetime. The thought of having to cut the grass is a seemingly impossible task for some people to complete due to their allergies.
Allergies have been on the rise in the industrial world for more than 50 years and are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. The American Academy of Allergy and Asthma & Immunology reports that nasal allergies alone affect about 50 million people in the United States. They affect as many as 30% of adults and 40% of children. The most common forms of allergies include pollen, dust, food, insect stings, animal dander, mold, medications and latex.
Prescription or over-the-counter drugs may treat the symptoms but have a lot of drawbacks including their temporary nature, the headache of remembering to take them daily, possible side effects like sleepiness or jitteriness, and ongoing costs, to name a few.
Alternatively, cutting edge allergy testing and customized treatments are evolving to alleviate allergies at their source and in many cases permanently. Utilizing allergen immunotherapy not only identifies the allergen at the source, but also trains the body to develop and strengthen its own immunity. Immunotherapy treatment (allergy shots) provides longer lasting, more effective and inexpensive relief of allergy suffering.