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Spring is often a dreaded season for people with allergies, but more and more Americans are developing allergies that negatively impact their lives year-round.
Roughly 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies, and that number is steadily rising. Allergic conditions are the most common health issues affecting U.S. children, and are the fifth leading chronic disease in Americans of all ages.
Food allergies alone account for 200,000 emergency room visits a year, and rack up about $25 billion each year in medical costs. Allergies are also the leading cause for missed days at work and school.
No one should have to struggle through debilitating allergy symptoms. That’s why Lyceum Physical Medicine offers allergy testing and treatment that can dramatically improve your quality of life.
What is an Allergy?
An allergy is your immune system reacting to a foreign substance, called an allergen. Allergens can be something you eat, inhale, touch, or inject into your body. Allergic reactions can be mild and irritating, such as coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and a scratchy throat. Reactions can also be more severe, causing rashes, hives, breathing trouble, low blood pressure, asthma attacks, or even death.
A common misconception is that food sensitivities are the same as food allergies. Allergies involve an immune response, whereas food sensitivities cause negative reactions for more complex and often mysterious reasons, making them harder to diagnose. But it is important to have food sensitivity diagnosed, as an increasing amount of evidence suggests that food sensitivities are more common and harmful than previously thought. At Lyceum, we can also help you diagnose what foods may be damaging your health.
If your health isn’t up to your standards despite your best efforts, consider being tested for allergies and food sensitivities. If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to manage a food allergy or sensitivity, our nutrition experts can help you achieve a balanced diet that avoids foods that are harmful to you.
How Does Allergy Testing Work?
It is easy to recognize an allergic reaction, but it is difficult to determine the source without proper testing. Our thorough diagnostic tools evaluate your allergic responses to hundreds of different foods, additives, colorings, chemicals, medicinal herbs, molds, and pharmaceutical compounds.
In addition to traditional skin and blood allergy tests, we offer a groundbreaking alternative. AllergywoRx is a comprehensive, needle-free testing and sublingual immunotherapy program that treats the source of your allergies rather than the symptoms.
What is Sublingual Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy treats the cause of allergies with small doses of whatever you are allergic to, which increases tolerance (immunity) to the allergen, thereby reducing allergic symptoms. Sublingual simply means “under the tongue.” Sublingual immunotherapy is administered as drops under the tongue, rather than the traditional injection immunotherapy. And unlike injections, sublingual immunotherapy treatment is self-administered at home after receiving instruction from our doctors.
Visit Lyceum Physical Medicine for Quality Allergy Testing and Treatment
Allergies don’t have to control your life. Our customized courses of allergy testing and treatment let you reap the benefits of knowing exactly what irritants are triggering your harmful immune responses. Contact Lyceum to schedule your allergy testing today!