Allergies

Allergies

I was taking allergy shots for a number of years.  I had 2 asthma inhalers that I used twice daily, a nightly asthma pill, and one emergency inhaler…and sinus infections every 6 to 8 weeks, and steroids twice a year so I could breathe. Now, it’s been at least 2 years (since I’ve used) the inhaler.

                                                                                     -Heidi C.

Over 60 million Americans suffer from allergies and the number is growing.

Asthma accounts for approximately 10.1 million missed work days for adults annually.

Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic disease in the United States, costing the health care system $18 billion annually.

 

Are allergies and asthma making you feel miserable?
Allergies and asthma can cause so many annoying symptoms, but are they also making you sick? Are you unable to go outside without an inhaler? Do you get sinus infections several times a year? Do you spend a good portion of your time not feeling well and miss a lot of work? If you can track your symptoms on the seasonal calendar you may be one of the many suffering from allergies.

Common Allergy Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Frequent headaches
  • Sneezing, post nasal drainage or itching of the nose
  • Frequent “colds”
  • Recurrent or chronic sinus infections
  • Recurrent yeast infections, jock itch or athlete’s foot
  • Dizziness
  • Itching, watering, redness or swelling of the eyes
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Recurrent ear infections
  • Recurrent cough or bronchitis
  • Tightness in the chest, wheezing or asthma
  • Eczema, skin rashes, itching or hives
  • Indigestion, bloating, diarrhea or constipation

Consider the following questions to find out if you would benefit from allergy treatment:

  • Do your symptoms worsen during a particular season, such as the spring or fall?
  • Do your symptoms change when you go indoors or outdoors?
  • Are your symptoms worse in parks or grassy areas?
  • Are your symptoms worse in the bedroom after going to bed, or in the morning upon arising?
  • Do you awaken in the middle of the night with congestion?
  • Are your symptoms worse when you come into contact with dust?
  • Are your symptoms worse around animals?
  • Do you have any blood relatives with allergies?
  • Do you have mood swings or feel depressed for no reason?
  • Do you have recurrent yeast infections, jock itch, athlete’s foot, or fungus under your toenails?
  • Do you develop symptoms after eating or drinking certain foods?
  • Do you sometimes feel stimulated, hyperactive or fatigued after meals?
  • Do you have a crease across the bridge of your nose?

Unsure if you have allergies? Use our Symptom Checker to learn more.

Can you relate to Heidi’s story?
I was receiving weekly injections, prescribed Singulair nightly for asthma, Claritin daily, and 2 puffs 2 times per day of Serevent and Azmacort for asthma. I was still miserable and suffering from my symptoms. Allergy drops have virtually eliminated my allergy and asthma symptoms, and I no longer need all of the other medicine I was taking for them.

Click here to watch Heidi’s story.

Antihistamines and Decongestants Don’t Get Rid of Allergies
Unfortunately, many people with allergies accept these symptoms as a way of life and depend upon on antihistamines and decongestants to try and manage their allergy symptoms. These drugs only attempt to mask the allergy symptoms and cause side effects such as fatigue, drowsiness, nausea, headaches, dizziness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, stomach upset, blurred vision and skin rashes.

Untreated Allergies
Some people choose to deal with symptoms and leave their allergies untreated. Due to the amount of inflammation and stress placed on the body and your immune system from untreated allergies, if you choose to not treat your allergies, your risk for serious illness is increased.

What’s different about our allergy and asthma treatment?
First, we desensitize you to the allergens to which you are having a reaction. Secondly, we use sublingual allergy drops.

Allergy Drops vs. Allergy Shots
Sublingual allergy drops are safe, effective allergy desensitization treatments that are widely used in Europe. In fact, they are the only method used in Great Britain. The World Health Organization recognizes sublingual allergy drops as a viable alternative to injections. Allergy drops have little to no significant adverse reactions in comparison to injections which frequently lead to reactions, even some that are fatal.

We also treat for food allergies, as well.

Do you feel like your allergies have taken over?
Find out if Hotze Health & Wellness Center is right for you. Call 877-698-8698 or click here to speak with a wellness consultant today!

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