Managing Food Allergies in Redmond, WA
David Buscher, M.D., specializes in environmental medicine, including managing food allergies in Redmond, WA. If you are suffering from allergy symptoms and wish to investigate whether your diet is the cause, please schedule an appointment. A food allergy is an abnormal reaction that occurs when your immune system releases an antibody called IgE in response to an ordinarily harmless food.
There are various symptoms associated with food allergies. Tree nuts and peanuts are the primary causes of potentially fatal reactions called anaphylaxis. More commonly, though, food allergy symptoms are not life-threatening, and they cover a broad spectrum of reactions from mild irritation to severe discomfort.
Comprehensive Allergy Testing
At our office, we practice provocative neutralization testing with carefully produced skin wheals to isolate the food or foods that may be causing your allergic reactions. During this procedure, one food is tested at a time to measure a patient’s sensitivity and accurately diagnose which foods are causing the problems. The common causes of food allergies are:
We will discuss this safe and accurate procedure in more detail at your appointment. Generally, though, you should consider coming in to discuss the managing of food allergies if you experience any of these common symptoms:
- Generalized Symptoms: Fatigue, Depression, Aches, Brain Fog
- Eyes: Itchy, Watery, Painful, or Swollen
- Ears, Nose, and Throat: Nasal Congestion, Runny Nose, Postnasal Drip, Recurrent Sinus Infections, Sinus Pressure and Headaches, Itchy Palate, Cough, Ringing or Popping Ears, Dizziness, Hoarseness, Dry or Tickly Throat
- Cardiovascular: Chest Pain, Palpitations, Accelerated Pulse, Cold or Tingling Extremities
- Respiratory: Asthma, Wheezing, Recurrent Bronchitis, Coughing Fits, Shortness of Breath, Reactive Airway Disease, Excess Mucus Production
- Gastrointestinal: Canker Sores, Reflux, Gas, Abdominal Cramps, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Indigestion, Belching, Constipation, Diarrhea, Difficulty Swallowing
- Genitourinary: Frequent, Urgent, and/or Painful Urination, Incontinence, Recurrent Cystitis, Vaginal Discharge and Itching, Bedwetting
- Musculoskeletal: Arthralgias, Myalgias, Muscle/Joint Pain, Neck Stiffness, Backache
- Nervous System: Headache, Migraine, Difficulty Concentrating or Remembering, Confusion, Drowsiness, Depression, Grogginess, Allergic Fatigue
Remember, allergy symptoms affect patients differently at different stages of life. If you are a parent, there are signs you should watch out for that may indicate your child would benefit from allergy testing. Some of the ways that symptoms present at different ages are:
- Infants: Colic, Diaper Rash, Ear Infections, Running Nose, Eczema, Feeding Problems, Frequent Spit-Ups
- Children: Asthma, Eczema, Frequent Cold Symptoms, Recurrent Ear Infections, Recurrent Tonsil and Throat infections, ADD/ADHD, Growing Pains, Bedwetting
- Adults: Any of the Symptoms Relating to Major Areas of the Body Listed Above
Managing and Treating Your Food Allergies
Once we have identified the foods that cause your allergies, the best treatment is to avoid them. Depending on how severe your reactions are, you should plan on avoiding these foods for 2 to 12 months. At your appointment, we will discuss your personal needs, as well as ways to change your diet, in detail.
Often, many people overcome their food sensitivity after abstaining from these foods (excluding anaphylactic foods) for an extended period, usually 6 to 12 months. By then, patients can tolerate these foods again; however, the allergy will likely return if the patient consumes these foods every day. It is important, though, for patients to practice rotation diets, meaning the regular substitution of foods and ingredients, as eating the same foods every day can lead to further food allergies.
Additionally, you can choose to undergo a desensitization treatment. Our clinic offers weekly injections or daily sublingual extracts to help you overcome your food sensitivity. Symptoms should clear up after 6 to 8 weeks, at which point we recommend a follow-up visit where we will reassess your approach to managing your food allergies.
Contact our office to schedule an appointment. We treat patients in Redmond, Washington.