Allergy Testing is a form of natural health and healing
therapy that aims to promote natural health- it is considered an alternative
and natural treatment used to enhance a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Welcome to Allergies
and Testing at Natural Earth
allergy refers to an altered state or response by the body
to any substance. Some people develop allergic reactions to pollen,
dust, cold or to medications. Avoidance is always the best way to
control allergies. But when allergens are unknown, allergy treatments
are the only way to handle the hypersensitivity of the body.
Interestingly enough, when going in for allergy treatments, people
do not always choose the most effective and the simplest options.
Despite their drawbacks, people usually go in for medications directly.
Fortunately for us, there are lots of ways – old and new-
to help avoid allergy.
Allergy treatments are usually lengthy and difficult processes
that investigate every aspect of the patient’s life and eliminate
one cause after another till the actual cause is discovered. Allergy
treatments are so complicated because people who are susceptible
to allergies are vulnerable not just to one element, but to a number
of substances. This is especially true if the allergy has been around
for some time. In that case the adrenal glands are always on high
alert. Adrenal fatigue is therefore a common side-effect of allergies.
The first step towards effective allergy treatments is to ‘allergy-proof’
your house. You do not have to strip your house down for this. Keep
it as free of dust and mold as possible. Some other things to do
- Keeping the house moderately cold
- Maintain low levels of humidity
- Ensure proper ventilation
Allergies, by their very nature have probably been around since
the dawn of time. Animals suffer allergies as we do, so this is
not a strictly ‘human’ condition, although it seems
humankind has its fair share of allergies these days.
might be interesting to understand a basic concept of what an allergy
is, although most people nowadays are aware of the systems at play.
Basically an allergy is ones own immune system, and associated parts
thereof, responding to a substance as if it were alien to our body,
an invader or an attack is thus defended and in the process certain
Substances that cause these reactions are named ‘allergens’,
although they are not strictly allergens to everyone they do tend
to create allergic responses more than other substances. When these
allergens enter the system of an ‘allergic’ person they
immediately release antibodies against these ‘invaders’.
This also fires off ‘mediators’ within our system called
histamine and leukotrienes. There actions lead to the symptoms noticed
in an allergy, such as swelling, redness, itches, running nose due
to extra mucous production and also a shortness of breathe due to
swelling in the lungs restricting their ability to intake enough
It is believed that the ‘tendency to be allergic’ is
inherited through our genes, although specific allergies are not
inherited directly. People’s response to an allergen is often
not the same from person to person, and can vary widely. Allergies
may start and stop spontaneously, and for no apparent reason, or
so it seems. Maybe with further research some underlying mechanism
will be discovered, but for now those that suffer with allergies
have to follow specific regimes and take certain medications.
Theory Behind Allergic Reactions
Allergic reactions come in different forms, and from different
allergens. Therefore it is very important to identify the cause
of the symptom. Allergens enter via a variety of routes. In the
main allergies are caused by the intake of an allergenic substance
orally, via foodstuffs and medications, nasally via the inhalation
of some substance particles in the air breathed. They may also be
absorbed through the skin when substances are applied to the body,
and in some other cases allergies come from psychological traumas
and other life ‘issues’.
and other issues may have a similar set of symptoms, therefore it
is important to see one’s Doctor if symptoms arise, as the
cause may not always be an allergic reaction. Those symptoms common
to many allergies are listed here:-
* Itchy, watery eyes
* Itchy, runny nose
* Skin rashes
* Darkness under and around the eyes
* Shortness of breath
* Stomach pains occasionally nausea
There of course many be other individual symptoms dependant on
the person involved, hence the advice to see a doctor before deciding
you have an allergy.
If an allergy is suspected then it is vital to identify the allergen
causing the symptoms. This is where ALLERGY TESTING is used.
What Happens if I am Treated?
a clear idea of the allergens/s involved in an allergy it becomes
very difficult to formulate an effective response. Once the allergen
is identified it may be possible to take steps to remove it from
one’s diet, avoid contaminated atmospheres or avoid certain
chemicals in preparations applied to the skin. So testing is the
most important step in any treatment, and as such a person should
seek the very best testing available, and as quickly as possible.
Visit your doctor first, he/she will be best able to determine if
your symptoms are due to an allergy, and if he/she cannot treat
you and needs a test, where to go to obtain one.
Types of Tests:-
* Skin prick test is a simple test where the suspected substances
are placed on the skin and then that area pricked with a small needle.
After a period of time the bodies reaction to each area is noted.
Small red areas appear and are measured to gauge your individual
reaction to that substance.
* Intradermal Skin Testing is used where the skin prick test fails
to show any strong reaction yet an allergy is strongly suspected
to be the cause of your symptoms. This involves injecting a small
amount of the test substance under your skin, normally the inner
forearm. Again, your reaction to each substance is gauged by the
degree of redness and swelling.
Another method is via a blood test, which simply means a sample
of your blood is taken and tested using the RAST test. This only
normally done where a person has a severe reaction to the skin test,
which is very rare.
* Patch skin test involves placing the test substance on the skin,
normally the back, and covering with a waterproof patch. After a
few days the patch is removed and the skin examined for a reaction.
A more ‘gentle’ test, but one needing more time to perform.
* Food Challenge. If a particular foodstuff is suspected this
test may prove best. It is carried out in a medical environment
in case medical care is needed. Often the foods are disguised so
that neither the patient nor the operator knows which food is being
tested, this eliminates any psychological issues attached to the
is available when it is impossible for the patient to avoid
the allergen, sush as pollen as a good example. When such instances
arise your doctor may prescribe a treatment for your allergy. Treatment
includes medications, such as Steroids, to reduce swellings caused
by the allergic reaction. Antihistamines, to counteract the histamine
released by the bodies response to the allergen. And Decongestant
preparations to alleviate the symptoms. A WARNING here:- people
with hypertension or heart conditions should not use decongestants,
seek your doctors advice.
Immunotherapy is a treatment your doctor may suggest
and it has proved effective for those people who have severe reactions
to wasp and bee stings. However, for most other severe reactions
Immunological treatment has proved less successful.
most allergies are nothing more than a somewhat mild reaction to
an allergen there can be reactions so sever that the person could
die, even in a matter of a few minutes, after coming into contact
with the allergen. Admittedly these are very rare cases, and those
people who know they have this problem carry an adrenaline shot
with them whenever there is even the smallest likelihood of them
coming into contact with the allergen in question.
Those with children need to warn and inform those people involved
in the child’s care, family, teachers, babysitters etc. of
the problem and ensure that these people know how to administer
the adrenaline shot, (an automated shot dose from a simple pen-like
device carried by the patient), in case the patient cannot, or is
uncomfortable, using the device themselves.
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