You may have noticed that often when you’re sick with a cold, your eczema also flares up. Or you can have milk in your cereal but don’t feel well after drinking a big glass of it. Or in the spring when tree pollen is high, you also seem more allergic to your friend’s cat and need your asthma inhaler when you go visit.
The way your immune system functions at any given time is influenced by numerous factors that are all placing a load on it. These factors include allergen exposures, illnesses, injuries, physical activity, temperature, physical stress, mental stress, lack of sleep, dietary components, and so on. No two moments are exactly the same for your immune system, and your symptoms will reflect the cumulative load on your system at that time as well as the overall state your immune system has been in chronically (activated, overwhelmed, calm, etc).
Attempting to minimize the stressful loads on your immune system as much as possible and keep your immune system in a calm and not overwhelmed state can be very helpful in both allergy symptom relief as well as building allergen tolerance. SLIT treatment can help reduce the load on the immune system over time by building tolerance to your allergens so that your immune system is not as stressed upon future encounters with them. SLIT treatment also helps calm down an immune system by signaling your immune cells to release general immune-calming natural chemicals. At Allergenuity Health, we will help you understand which allergens you should (and can) be treated for in order to best reduce the load on your immune system, as well as what other measures you can take to control both your allergen load and any other stressors on your immune system. Many individuals that show signs of both environmental and food allergies will benefit greatly from treating both types of allergens rather than focusing solely on one or the other for this total-load reason, and the patients who also make the changes needed to control their other immune system stressors will notice even quicker and better results from their SLIT treatment.