Allergy Testing London
Allergies and IntolerancesFrom a Homeopathic perspective, allergies and sensitivities can be just one symptom within a bigger picture of a person’s health. For example, there may be factors and circumstances contributing to an individual’s symptoms that are integral to the allergy testing:
- Prolonged stress and tension (eg. overwork, worry, anxiety, unhappiness) can trigger allergy and sensitivity.
- Physical or emotional shock, eg. after an accident, operation, a sudden illness, intensive or prolonged drug therapy (anaesthetics, antibiotics, steroids, etc), and loss or bereavement can also be a trigger for allergies and sensitivities
- Hormonal changes such as menopause can bring about digestive imbalances resulting in allergies and sensitivities
Allergy Testing LondonIt may be that someone with digestive problems needs to makes some changes to their diet or take some probiotics and the food sensitivity or allergy may then go. Alternatively, during testing it may become apparent to me that someone is sensitive to certain foods and may need to avoid them/take homeopathic or other remedies to improve their health.
Symptoms of Allergy and Intolerance:
The symptoms below can help you assess your allergy status.
Common Symptoms Of Hidden Allergy (many people with intolerances have at least one) :
- Feeling tired all the time
- Feeling tired after eating
- Palpitations or rapid heart rate (especially after eating)
- Unrefreshing sleep or rest
- Feeling sick in the morning
- Consistently overweight or history of fluctuating weight
- Changing abruptly from feeling well to unwell
- Occasional perspiration not related to exercise
- Occasional swelling around eyes, hands, ankles, or waist.
- Cannot think clearly, cannot concentrate - muzzy head, poor memory
- Anxiety, depression
- Insomnia, cannot get up in the morning
-- Hyperactivity (especially in children)
- Fidgety, restless legs
- Tingling, convulsions
- Recurring headaches or migraines,
- tension, constant pressure, constant muzzy feeling
- feeling faint, vertigo.
Eyes, Ears, Nose, Throat And Mouth: Eyes feel heavy, puffy, itchy, scratchy, watery, look red, blurred vision, hay fever ... tinnitus, recurring ear infections, red and itchy outer ear ... sinusitis, rhinitis, runny or stuffed up nose without a cold, sneezing, post nasal drip, catarrh ... metallic or foul taste, chronic sore throat, tight feeling in throat, itchy roof of mouth, mouth ulcers, oral thrush, swollen lips or tongue
Heart And Lungs: Palpitations (especially after eating), high blood pressure, tightness in chest, wheezing, asthma.
Skin: Eczema, psoriasis, hives, rashes, sores, blotches, spots, acne, itching, swelling, flushing, redness, fungal infections.
Gastrointestinal: Diarrhoea and/or constipation, flatulence, bloating, nausea, pain, cramps, hunger pangs, cravings, high/low blood sugar, diabetes, candida/fungal overgrowth,
Genito-urinary: Bedwetting, genital itch, thrush, cystitis, menstrual problems (including PMT).
Joints And Muscles: Achy joints and muscles, arthritis, swellings, cramps, shaking or trembling limbs (especially on waking).
Unusual, strange, mysterious, baffling ailments can be allergy-related
The above symptoms may have other causes, but the more of these you have the more likely it is that you are allergic.
Types of Allergy:
‘Classic Allergies’ - allergic reactions to pollens and grasses and house dust mite and more serious reactions to peanuts or bee stings which can eventually lead to anaphylaxis (an acutely severe and sometimes life-threatening reaction). Most ‘classic allergies’ have two characteristic features:
- Reaction times are rapid. Symptoms usually appear within minutes (sometimes seconds) or just a few hours after exposure to an allergen.
- Symptoms tend to be ‘typically’ allergic: swelling, sneezing, rashes, spots, hives, itching and so on. They look like the symptoms of allergy many are familiar with.
How to differentiate between Classic and Hidden Allergies:
Hidden allergies/intolerances are different and more difficult to diagnose than classic allergies:
- Unlike classic reactions, there is usually a delay between exposure to a trigger substance and the onset of symptoms. So, for example, the cheese you eat on Monday might be the cause of your migraine on Wednesday.
- The symptoms of reaction are often common complaints like tiredness, bloating, achy joints – symptoms we don't think of as typically allergic.
- Individuals may manifest very different symptoms of intolerance to the same food, and conversely, people with the same symptoms may be intolerant to completely different foods..
Candida Albicans, a yeast-like organism, is important in allergic conditions, yet often goes undiagnosed. It is best known as thrush in the mouth or the vagina.
However, Candida Albicans is responsible for, or involved in, many more ailments than thrush. Candida is a single celled organism, but when conditions are favourable, it changes into a “pseudomycelial” form - strand-like and branching. This enables it to penetrate the bowel wall and spread through the body. Candida is able to invade the whole body – it has been found to be present in muscles that are so inflamed and tender to the touch that they cannot be massaged, and involved in coughs that seem to be intractable.
Candida has been implicated in some cases of anxiety and depression, “spaced-out feelings”, urinary problems and joint pains. These conditions respond to treatment as soon as the Candida has been eliminated.
Candida Albicans is now accepted medically to be responsible in cases of muscular fatigue, digestion and bowel problems, respiratory and sinus problems, poor short-term memory, “brain fag”, some cases of eczema and psoriasis, in addition to bowel problems. Candida thrives in individuals whose immune system is compromised by infection, allergy and antibiotic use and other prescribed medications. It benefits from high levels of refined sugar and salt in the gastro-intestinal tract. People can actually be allergic to the yeast itself. It has been estimated that most of the population carries antibodies to Candida.
Treatment usually involves giving homeopathic Candida drops or other suitable remedies, in conjunction with a recommended probiotic to re-populate the gut with good bacteria which compete with the Candida. A sugar and yeast free diet is also required for the duration of treatment and it is advisable to treat other allergies which may be exacerbating the problem.
Some food intolerance sufferers have no classical allergy symptoms and for this reason may never suspect that their aches and pains, migraine or panic attacks are caused by an unusual reaction to common foods.
Symptoms of food intolerance can be surprisingly varied. Catarrh, digestive and stomach trouble, backache, swollen glands, depression, anxiety attacks and phobias, palpitations, irritability, headaches, mouth ulcers, aching joints and muscles, childhood hyperactivity are all possible, as well as more serious conditions. As the onset of symptoms are often delayed, they seem to bear no relationship to diet at all.
Many food ‘allergies’ are masked, that is they seem to be more like addictions as the sufferer may have cravings and experience withdrawal symptoms if the food is not eaten. However, there are a number of symptoms that commonly point to food intolerance – persistent tiredness, not helped by rest; over- or underweight or fluctuating weight; occasional palpitations after food; occasional excessive sweating unrelated to exercises; occasional swelling or bloating of hands, face, ankles or abdomen.
Food allergies can be treated with homeopathic desensitising drops. The food must be avoided for a week or more during desensitisation, after which the food may be gradually reintroduced into the diet.
In recent years, bowel problems have become increasingly common. Symptoms include:
- Variable bowel motions - diarrhoea and constipation, at times with explosive diarrhoea and resulting “accidents” as much wind is also passed
- Abdominal bloating and belching
- Indigestion, and inability to finish meals.
- Nausea and vomiting
Chemical and Environmental Allergies
Chemical Allergies or sensitivities are much more common than many people believe, but the fact is that, nowadays, we all live in a chemical environment.
Today we are exposed to increasing numbers of chemicals - the chemicals are in the air that we breathe, both indoors and out of doors; they are in our food, as colours, flavour enhancers and preservatives; they are in our drinks and even in our drinking water.
Chemicals are in our workplaces and in our homes, affecting our health, and we cannot avoid them. These include:
- Aerosol sprays and air fresheners
- Detergents and disinfectants
- Petrol and Diesel fuel and fumes
- Washing powders and Fabric conditioners
- Waste incineration
- Heating oil
- North Sea and Propane Gas
These, and other environmental allergens, such as dog and cat hair, moulds and house dust mite can be desensitised using desensitising remedies.
Eczema can be a very distressing condition not only for babies and small children but also for adults. Improvement in the condition can be made by a using combination of specific homeopathic remedies and desensitisation to allergies. Eczema in children often starts during weaning, when the baby is first introduced to cows’ milk and formula products. Sometimes gentle non-allergic herbal creams can bring some relief while the treatment takes place
Hayfever (Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis) is an inflammatory condition, which affects the mucous membranes of the nose, throat, palate, sinuses and eyes. It is caused mainly by grass and other plant pollens in the air and is exacerbated by dusts, chemicals and other atmospheric pollutants. Sneezing and blocked or runny nose, itching of the eyes, palate and throat and a general feeling of congestion in the head are common symptoms. There may also be a feeling of tightness and wheezing in the chest.
A variety of Homeopathic remedies can be given for first aid relief and help to relieve nasal congestion, itching and other Hayfever symptoms.
More importantly, desensitising remedies can be given that are designed to change the body’s response to pollen. The desensitisation treatment may be carried out during the Hayfever season or during the winter months in order to reduce symptoms the following year. The treatment needs to be repeated for a second year, after which some people report an improvement in their hayfever symptoms.
If you suffer from hay fever there is every likelihood that you are sensitive to substances other than grasses and pollens (eg foods, animal hair, pollutants, etc). For this reason you may be advised to have the full allergy test (at no extra cost). These other sensitivities may be contributing to your susceptibility to hay fever, and if they are not dealt with too then resolution of your hay fever may be less than complete