A Complete Approach to Allergies
Dr. Kannankeril uses comprehensive testing to assess allergies, including standard IgE blood work for reactions to foods and environmentals (indoor and outdoor) as well as IgG food sensitivity testing.
In addition to general integrative treatment for allergies, Dr. Kannankeril offers Low Dose Allergy (LDA) Immunotherapy. LDA is used to treat food allergies and sensitivities, environmental allergies, chemical sensitivities as well as autoimmune conditions. Injections are typically used for adults, with a sublingual option for children.
LDA treatment involves low dose combinations of allergens along with an enzyme, beta-glucuronidase. They key component of this enzyme is that it attracts specific white blood cells (T-regulator cells) that are involved in the immune response and makes them pay attention to the allergens included with the enzyme. This causes a down-regulation of the part of the immune system that was reacting to the allergens in the first place. In other words, LDA works to shut off the adverse or allergenic response, shifting from an allergic state (Th2) to a less allergic state (Th1). This is also the reason why it works well for most autoimmune conditions where the body is attacking itself.
How Does LDA Differ From Other Allergy Treatments?
Conventional allergy medications work on blocking the histamine response, helping only when taken (and requiring patients to take medication indefinitely). Allergy shots and allergy drops work with the immune system to gradually build tolerance to specific allergens. Not only does LDA treat multiple (over 300) foods or inhalant allergies in a single treatment, it also works to reset the immune system's response, rather than just working to build up tolerance. It also can be used for more than just allergies because of how it works to reset the immune system. LDA is less expensive and also requires much less treatment - once every two months versus weekly allergy shots or daily allergy drops.
Benefits Compared to Other Allergy Treatments:
- Quick results (most patients see improvements within 1-3 treatments)
- Long-lasting effects for a wide range of allergens (can treat over 300 food allergies)
- Less frequent treatments (once every 2 months initially, then less frequent)
- Higher success rate (over 80% efficacy)
- Less expensive ($210 per treatment)
Frequently Treated Conditions with LDA:
- Autoimmune Diseases: Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Lupus (SLE), Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Environmental Allergies, Asthma, Sinusitis Food Allergies & Sensitivities
- GI Issues: Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis
- Lyme Disease
- Skin Conditions: Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea
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