What Are The Different Types of Allergies?

Seasonal and year-round environmental allergies are very common. According to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, about 50 million of us experience some type of allergy each year.

They go on to add that it is the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States.

Allergies cause inflammation inside and outside of the body affecting your ability to function and heal from other diseases too.

There are several different types of allergies:

  • Environmental Allergies: often airborne, these allergies are very common resulting in inflammation in your respiratory system, runny nose, weepy or itchy eyes, sneezing, and dark circles around your eyes. Asthma-like symptoms, such as shortness of breath or wheezing, are also common.
  • Food Allergies: also very common and more often overlooked, symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, bloating, and fatigue. Many food allergies are simple food sensitivities that can be resolved.

There are also contact allergies, such as poison ivy & oak and bee stings, as well as autoimmune allergies, such as when you're allergic to your own mucus or tears.

Here at at BackFit Health + Spine we focus on environmental allergies, which are often seasonal, and food allergies.

For more on our food allergy testing and treatment, click here.

What allergies are in season?

Seasonal environmental allergies vary from season to season:

  • Late winter and spring: tree pollen
  • Late spring and summer: grass pollen
  • Late summer and fall: weeds pollen

You may feel the effects of one, two, or all three seasonal allergies. Pet dander, dust mites, and mold are also always in season.

BackFit can also treat some allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma.

What does BackFit do for allergies?

Before we discuss treatment options, first we test you with traditional skin testing procedures.

Once we confirm your allergies, we offer 2 treatment options:

  1. Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT): this custom serum combination is a 9-week oral treatment.
  2. Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT): also known as allergy shots, is also a weekly treatment.

Once the weekly program is finished, you will receive ongoing treatment at longer intervals to continue eliminating your allergies.

Am I a good candidate for immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy is appropriate for most people with mild, moderate, or severe allergies.

Immunotherapy is great for:

  • Your current allergy medications are not providing adequate relief.
  • Allergen triggers are difficult for you to avoid, such as if you work outside.
  • Your current allergy medication causes intolerable side-effects.
  • Long-term use of your current medication is concerning you.
  • You experience upper respiratory infections that regularly require antibiotics.
  • You're cost-conscious or your current medication isn't cost-effective.

Immunology is not recommended if you are pregnant, have severe uncontrolled asthma, have certain lung or heart problems, or if you take beta-blockers.

Immunology treats the root cause of your allergy problems. It also has a lower potential for anaphylactic reactions.

It is specifically designed to improve your quality of life over standard medical therapies for allergies.

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