Conditions We Treat

Allergies

What's an Allergy?
An allergy is defined as having an allergic reaction by which the body's immune system responds to a substance as being invasive. Foreign substances within the body are referred to as antigens; antigens may be ingested, inhaled or absorbed by the skin. Food, chemical and environmental allergies depict a number of symptoms which can affect essentially all parts of the body. Exposures to antigens aggravate physical reactions necessary to provide defense against invading entities; an individual may consequently experience weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, indigestion, chronic infections, chronic pain and/or mood disorders, i.e. anxiety or depression.


What's the difference between a food intolerance and an allergy?
Some foods may cause you to feel miserable, but you may not necessarily be allergic to them – this may be referred to as food intolerance, if and only if a food allergy has been ruled out. As an adverse reaction to food, food intolerance does not involve the immune system as it would with a food allergy. A comparison of the differences between an intolerance and an allergy to milk:

Food Intolerance Food Allergy
Cause The enzyme lactase is not present in the body and cannot break down the sugar in milk (lactose) Milk protein is the culprit
Body's Reaction Digestion is compromised due to the lactose in the milk. Milk protein is viewed as an allergen by the body's immune system thinks the protein from the milk is an allergen and attacks it.
Immune system response The antibody called Immunoglobulin G, (IgG), is produced a few hours or days after exposure. This Type III delayed hypersensitivity reaction can persist in the body for months to years after one exposure. Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is produced immediately after exposure. Type 1 immediate hypersensitivity reaction vanishes from the blood in a few days.


Figuring Out Adverse Reactions to Food:
Possibly life threatening food allergies are generally instantaneous, occurring within a few minutes to hours after eating the offending food. Symptoms include inflammation, loose stools, elevated bumps of the skin, wheezing and, in severe instances, anaphylaxis; this type of allergy is not difficult to diagnose. Additionally, food reactions may differ in that they can be delayed by days, weeks or even months after having ingested the provoking food. Symptoms of food intolerances include gas and bloating, chronic cough, headaches, sinus problems, clearing the throat or runny nose after eating, loose stools and itchy skin; this type of delayed allergy or intolerance is more difficult to diagnose by practitioners. With this delay, it is not obvious to relate negative reactions to offensive foods.


Why Are Food Allergies and Intolerances not always identified?
Very few physicians utilize advanced testing used to identify food allergies and intolerances, thus prescribing unnecessary treatments that only suppress symptoms. The symptoms associated with food allergies and food intolerances are recognized as other things by the medical community and patients. If not treated, allergies and intolerances can advance into more serious autoimmune and neurological conditions such as the below:

Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain

Joint Pain & Swelling
Indigestion Reflux Loose stools Diarrhea Celiac Disease Abdominal pain
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Neurological disease Mental fogginess Arthritis Anxiety
Chronic Vaginal Infections Irritability Depression Weight loss Weight gain Headaches Anxiety
Hyperactivity Chronic UTI Chronic Cough Autoimmune disorders Dermatitis
Infertility Skin issues Acne


What is "Leaky Gut Syndrome"?
Leaky Gut Syndrome is a condition that arises when larger food particles and bacteria break through the gastrointestinal barriers and flow directly into the blood without having been properly broken down. This improper digestive process leads to an attack by the body's immune system.


Relieving Allergies Naturally
Rather than finding relief through allergy medications- which may come with harmful side effects and only treat symptoms associated with allergen exposure- herbs, detoxification, natural hormone therapy, acupuncture, and diet alterations can significantly reduce a wide range of allergies while addressing underlying root causes.


Who has the most comprehensive approach to allergies?
ACN Wellness uses an integrated approach for patients from the Vienna and Ashburn areas and beyond to diagnose and treat allergies holistically. We integrate different kinds of medical approaches to offer alternatives to conventional medicine:

  • The latest and most scientific diagnostic tools
  • Holistic Medicine and Homeopathy
  • Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
  • Functional Medicine and Bioidentical Hormone Therapy


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