Allergies and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Allergies are frequently an underlying issue in conditions including autism, ADHD, and asthma. Clinicians who regularly treat patients with autism often find that a disproportionate number of these children also have chronic allergy problems such as:
- Rhinitis (stuffy nose)
- Sinusitis (sinus infection)
- Recurrent ear infections
- Serous otitis (middle ear fluid)
- Eczema (skin inflammation)
Treating allergies often seems to improve not only the health of the child, but also his or her function and the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) parameters including eye contact, sharing attention, social interaction, and language processing function among others.
It can be beneficial to treat a broad range of allergies using sublingual immunotherapy, including those caused by dust mites, pollen, mold, animals, insects, foods and chemicals. This is especially helpful for those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as it provides an alternative to food avoidance alone. Inhalant allergies, which typically co-exist with food allergies, are also found to be as important to treat.