Allergies are over reactions to substances that typically should be harmless. Your immune system attacks the “foreigner” and creates lots of symptoms in the process.
True food allergies can be very serious and even life threatening. Food Sensitivities or intolerances are often referred to as “allergies” but are not true allergies. They are very annoying none the less and create lots of chronic symptoms that can impact your daily life. Sometimes the intolerances may be due to poor digestion, lack of healthy flora or inability to process the specific food type.
By identifying the aggravating factors – the symptoms of food intolerances can often be eliminated without removing the food. Other times the offending food has to be eliminated. Once you know the difference you will have a better idea of how to manage it. We are here to help you figure it out.
The symptoms of pollen allergies are so annoying! Itchy eyes, runny nose, coughing, headache, and fatigue. The allergies that pop up depends on the time of year and the area of the country you live in. Hot, dry and windy conditions tend to favor these.
30 million Americans have eczema.
Eczema is a skin rash that often begins in early childhood. It can be mild to severe, localized to generalize. The itch can be so bad that you scratch until the skin bleeds – which makes it worse and leads to further inflammation. This is called the itch-scratch cycle and it is very annoying. In infants the eczema tends to occur on the cheeks, chin, scalp and trunk. Older children and adults tend towards the neck, elbow and knee folds, wrists and ankles.
Symptoms may include:
Eczema can be triggered by:
We can help you identify what may trigger your eczema and help you get the skin you want.
Molds can be somewhat seasonal occurring most commonly in the Fall when the leaves fall and the weather is damp. Molds grow best in humid conditions so can occur all year long when the humidity is high. St. Louis is at the convergence of two major rivers which are known to flood so there is lots of mold here.