The most common food allergies are quite common in our diet:
- Tree nuts (almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts, etc.)
Often there is an underlying inhalant allergy, such as dust mite, which primes the immune system to react this way to foods.
Diagnosing food allergy begins with identifying a history of sensitivity to certain foods. Many people with food allergies have chronic symptoms such as:
- Eczema or hives
- Stomach upset
- Skin itching
Once diagnosed with food allergies, treatment options range from avoiding the allergens, managing symptoms, to treating the root cause through immunotherapy. The only way to change the underlying allergic disease is immunotherapy.
Food Allergy Treatment
Treating food allergies with sublingual immunotherapy begins at a much lower dosing level than the amount that triggers reactions. This small amount, placed under the tongue, is enough for the immune system to build allergic tolerance over time, yet is below the level that triggers a serious reaction. When using the La Crosse Method™ Protocol for food allergies, we recommend one pump dose, three times a day — morning, afternoon, and night. The effectiveness of sublingual immunotherapy depends on how often the drops are taken.
The goal of sublingual immunotherapy treatment for food allergy varies between patients. For those with mild to moderate allergies, it is possible to reintroduce allergic foods back into the diet, while with those whose allergies are severe and life-threatening, the goal may be to reduce the likelihood of a severe allergic reaction to an accidental exposure.