allergies-can-be-confusingAs an example of just how confusing an allergies can be, I thought it might be useful to share this case history.

The subject was a woman in her thirties suffering from urticaria (nettle rash), which almost daily covered her body with what she described as “bunches of grapes”. Antihistamines usually successfully quelled the attack, but the problem she had was finding the allergen which triggered the attack.

Firstly she suspected her shower gel, shampoo, deodorant and various soaps, so she switched to using only hypoallergenic products or those containing only natural substances to no avail, the problem still persisted. She then changed her washing powder and fabric softener, trying various different products which also failed to provide any relief from her symptoms.

It was quite a puzzle, neither skin prick or blood testing had revealed anything helpful, she was at her wits end, there just seemed to be no answer to her allergy. When she visited me for a consultation she was very gloomy, particularly as muscle testing – my preferred method – also failed to identify the likely trigger. It wasn’t in fact until we were talking things over that something she said got me thinking.

What she said was “I’m going to stay with my mother for a few days which will be a relief as I don’t get it there”. She thought it was in all probability due to her mums cooking, but I considered this unlikely as I had tested her for food intolerances which had proved negative. She then went on to say “I don’t have the problem either when I go on holiday, but I can’t be on holiday or at my mums all the time”.

It then occurred to me that – mad as it may seem – the only constant at home which changed when she was away was her water supply, which might also explain why the attack occurred after taking a shower. I asked her to bring a sample of her tap water with her on her next visit, so that I could test it to see if she was reacting and if she wasn’t at least it would be ruled out.

On her next visit I tested for a reaction to her tap water which showed positive, this proved to be the breakthrough. I was then able to establish the ‘prime cause’ the underlying imbalance in the immune system and correct the immune response thus removing the allergy.

Clearly with some allergies such as anaphylaxis due to peanuts, there is little or no confusion in identifying the allergen or trigger. Which strangely one might think makes it simpler to treat, as it is easier to find the ‘prime cause’ and to correct the imbalance causing the allergy.

In the ‘Allergy Freedom Programme’ we provide a free first consultation, during which we try to establish the underlying immune imbalance which is the true cause behind the allergy.

To discover how we can help you allergyspecialists.co.uk

Originally posted 2013-07-12 16:32:48.

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