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ALLERGIES

Thursday, May 16, 2024 11:56 AM

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Living in TEXAS, we deal with environmental allergies about all year long. But aside from environment allergies, we have food sensitivities that fall into the allergy category although to be exact, food sensitivities are not allergies. 

Food sensitivity/allergy is a rising, global epidemic. The greatest rise in the prevalence of food allergies is in the US and other industrial countries around the world. The number of people with food allergy in America has doubled in the last decades. 

The difference between food allergy and sensitivity is the body’s response. When you have a food allergy, your immune system causes the reaction. If you have a food sensitivity or intolerance, the reaction is triggered by the digestive system. 

• Symptoms of food tolerance include gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, cramping, and nausea. 

• Symptoms of food allergy include hives, swelling, itching, anaphylaxis, and dizziness. 

Then there are environmental allergies. 
• Mold is present to varying degrees all year, with higher counts in summer and fall. 
• Cedar Pollen causes allergic reactions in many Central Texans. Counts typically peak in January to early February. 
• Oak peaks between and of March and the beginning of April. 
• Pecan counts peaks end of April to the beginning of May. 
• Grass is indistinguishable under a microscope. It can last from March to September, with the highest counts typically appearing in May and June 
• Elm counts peak between the end of February and the beginning of March. 
• Ash counts peak between the end of February and the beginning of March. 
• Ragweed season starts in August and can last through November. It is the highest typically from the end of September to the beginning of October. 

As you can see there are many potential causes for allergies. There are many symptoms related to allergies as well. 

We can identify and find the correct remedy for the exact allergen that may be affecting you. We also identify which foods you may be sensitive too and have remedies. 

Schedule an appointment and get tested today!
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