Allergies like to present themselves in a variety of ways. Some experience painful red rashes, and others experience irritation of the nasal passages and increased mucus production. And of course, symptoms vary with tolerance level. A mild irritation will cause a different reaction to a severe allergic reaction. Some allergens can be avoided such as food products, but others are unavoidable such as dust, grass and pollen. Of course, avoidance is impossible if you are unsure of the reason behind your sensitivity.
If you have tried a variety of medication and avoidance techniques with little success, it’s time to book in to see your local naturopath. They will work to identify the triggers behind your sensitivity as well as provide advice and implement techniques to minimise the unpleasant reactions that you experience.
So How do Naturopaths Test for Allergies?
Allergies generally fall under two categories: the environment and food. When it comes to the latter, it can sometimes be identified through a blood test. If the food provides an immediate allergic response (within 3 hours) usually in the form of a rash, a blood test will show the spike in antibody production. Delayed reactions and inflammation responses are harder to diagnose the exact cause as the reaction can happen many hours after exposure.
Unbeknown to some, allergic reactions can also appear in the form of skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, urticaria and more. Rashes, hives, burning, redness, swelling and itching are all reactions to an allergen and will vary depending on your level of intolerance and the level of exposure. Physical reactions like these can assist with diagnosis. Prick tests, under-the-skin tests and patch tests are examples of techniques used to source the root cause and find a naturopathy skin treatment.
What Can a Naturopath Do to Relieve Symptoms Of Allergies?
Naturopathic treatment focuses on the whole body to diagnose the root cause of your sensitivities and provide relief. Short term relief could include herbs, medicines and supplements to help with unpleasant symptoms associated with allergies. Long term relief includes the promotion of a healthy gut and digestive system as well as lifestyle and diet changes.
Naturopaths have at their disposal a number of medicines that can help modulate your immune system so that it doesn’t mount an immune response in when coming into contact with a harmless item. Over 70% of the immune system in the body is present in the digestive system so restoring balance is key. You rely on your immune system to distinguish between toxic substances and healthy foods. If your gut is healthy, it performs better and can respond to triggers appropriately.
Seek advice from your naturopath for skin conditions alongside. They will be able to provide advice on the best natural skin care products to use as well as foods to avoid and supplements to take. Focusing on your entire body and lifestyle, they help you to heal from the inside out.
Speak to a Naturopath Today
If you are asking ‘can a naturopath do allergy testing‘ the answer is yes. From diagnosing the root cause of your allergies to relieving symptoms, a naturopath is with you for the journey. Speak to an expert at Naturopathic Wellness to get started today.