Disease is commonly defined as the dysfunction or malfunction of a part, organ, or system of the body, where the deviation from a normal healthy state may be caused by one of a number of factors that negatively affect the body, and result in consistent, characteristic symptoms. Simply put, the body reacts by changing for the worse when contacted by, invaded by, or exposed to certain things.
We’ve all heard about someone “getting their allergy shot.” Well, you can also receive allergy treatment in the form of drops or tablets that go under the tongue. The formal name for the injections is Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT), and for the drops and tablets it’s Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT).
There unfortunately is a small faction of medical professionals out there who have been conditioned to NOT “dig deeper,” and look at the real causes of patients’ problems / illnesses. They may be quick to diagnose without proper testing, and then quick to prescribe medications that won’t address the real problem.
NOTE: Patients can order their own tests to help avoid this problem. As a matter of fact, the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) even mandates that individuals have access to direct testing nationwide.
While some companies and policies will have limitations, most insurance companies see allergy diagnosis and treatment as “medically necessary,” especially when missed work / school is considered. At Commonwealth Medical Laboratories, we have resources in place that allow us to quickly let you know if insurance will cover your test(s).
Those who allow their moderate or severe allergies to go untreated can experience great discomfort and long-term degradation of health. They will probably spend a small fortune trying to treat their symptoms (rather than the cause), only to end up taking medications / pharmaceuticals that don’t address the real problem, and even end up negatively affecting their health in other ways. And let’s not forgot that missed work = lost pay, and avoidance of certain places and things = missed “life.”
You might be inclined to associate hay fever with farming, but it’s actually the developed urban areas that have seen significant growth in allergic disease in recent decades. Undeveloped rural areas continue to enjoy much lower numbers of allergy cases.
When allergies are correctly identified and treated in younger patients, it greatly reduces their risk of developing asthma. When allergic disease is not treated, there is evidence that suggests a stronger likelihood of developing asthma. Asthma is one of the steps in the Allergic March; a documented progression of clinical symptoms and conditions that has been observed throughout the medical community.
Blood tests for allergies are often called the best kept secret in medicine, because a large part of the population doesn’t even know that it’s available. Clinical research, medical journal reviews, FDA approval, and years of active and reliable use have all demonstrated their validity.