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Allergies

Allergies make it hard to exist in the world.

An allergy is an immune response to a foreign substance. This can be a food, pollen, pet, mold, bee sting etc. 

 

On exposure to these substances, the immune system reacts by releasing proteins called antibodies. Things that cause antibodies to be released are called antigens or allergens.

 

Two types of antibodies are commonly produced: IgE (immunoglobulin E) and IgG (immunoglobulin G). Depending on the type of antibody your body produces, you may have more of an allergic type reaction or a sensitivity type reaction. It's possible to have both at the same time, and both can cause distinct as well as compounded symptoms. 

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Testing

IgE Allergy testing

Scratch Test: Most Common​

In this test, a tiny drop of a possible allergen—something you are allergic to— is pricked or scratched into the skin. (This is also called a percutaneous test.) It is the most common type of skin test and is done primarily by allergists and immunologists. Learn more here

Blood Test: Food sensitivity testing is done via blood test. IgG antibody production to certain foods is measured, giving you a list of potential problematic foods that could be inflaming the gut. 

IgG Food Sensitivity Testing

Blood Test: Food sensitivity testing is done via blood test. IgG antibody production to certain foods is measured, giving you a list of potential problematic foods that could be inflaming the gut. 

Food sensitivity tasting is available for patients.

Treatment Approaches

Each person is unique, and each person will have different requirements and imbalances. A number of treatment options are available and may work in different combinations for different people.These will likely need to be adapted and customized for each person and changed throughout the process according to cycles and symptoms.

Some of the modalities I use:

  • Diet and nutrition therapies

  • Herbal medicine

  • Acupuncture and Chinese medicine

  • Supplements, and orthomolecular medicine

  • UNDAs and biotherapeutic drainage

  • IV therapy and injection therapy

  • Pharmaceuticals (if required)

  • SLIT (sublingual immunotherapy)
     

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SLIT: Sublingual Immunotherapy

 Have you ever wished that you weren’t allergic to something in your life? Whether you have grass allergies that irritate your eyes in the spring or you have a hard time visiting your friends because you’re allergic to their cat; with SLIT Therapy, we may be able to desensitize you to your allergens

Sublingual Immunotherapy (or SLIT for short) is an alternative method of treating allergies and desensitizing a person to their allergies without using injections.

 

A small dose of the allergen is given in office under the tongue. This gently introduces the allergen to the immune system.

 

As long as the first dose goes well, you can continue the treatment from the comfort of your own home once per day until the treatment has been completed. 

SLIT is a prescription medication and may be covered under your benefits.

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Location
Virtual for BC residents
Squamish

Coast Mountain Health

40383 Tantalus Rd Unit 2

Contact

604-245-3601

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