Allergy & Eczema

Wellspring LifeCare -  - Integrative Medicine Clinic

Wellspring LifeCare

Integrative Medicine Clinic & Advanced Diagnostic Center located in Irvine, CA

Affecting over 24 million Americans, allergies are one of the most prevalent chronic diseases. The team at Wellspring LifeCare offers an integrative and holistic approach to treating allergy and eczema, taking into consideration your overall wellness as well as your symptoms and providing personalized treatments and therapies to soothe your allergy and heal your skin. Call Wellspring LifeCare Center or schedule an appointment online today.

Allergy & Eczema Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are an immune system malfunction. Your immune system identifies an ordinarily benign substance — known as an allergen — as a threat and responds by releasing antibodies and histamines to fight it off. Those substances cause allergic symptoms including:

  • A runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Congested sinuses
  • Sneezing
  • Rashes, hives, and other skin conditions
  • Swelling
  • Wheezing or coughing

In severe cases, your allergies can trigger anaphylaxis -- also called anaphylactic shock. When you’re in anaphylactic shock, you experience several allergic symptoms at once, you struggle to breathe, and your blood pressure and pulse plummet. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening, so if you or anyone near you shows signs of this extreme allergic reaction, call 911 immediately.

What causes allergies?

Allergies are often hereditary, although you may develop an allergy at any time. Your symptoms can also evolve or become more severe. Pollen is one of the most common allergens, causing seasonal allergies and rhinitis symptoms in millions of people. Other common triggers of allergies include:

  • Pet dander
  • Insect stings or bites
  • Dust
  • Foods such as peanuts, tree nuts, dairy products, eggs, and shellfish
  • Medications including penicillin
  • Mold
  • Latex

Your risk of developing allergies is higher if a member of your family has allergies or if you have asthma. Allergies are also more common in children, who often grow out of the allergy.

What is eczema?

Eczema is an umbrella term for a variety of inflammatory skin conditions. Atopic dermatitis is the clinical term for the condition that most patients associate with eczema. It causes a red, itchy rash. Your skin may become dry and cracked, possibly leading to infection. You may also develop hives or small fluid-filled bumps that may burst and ooze over your skin.

Eczema is most often found on children, although the condition can last throughout adulthood. The rash can also come and go, remaining dormant for weeks or months before erupting into a painful flare-up.

You can develop eczema anywhere on your body. Children often develop the itchy rash on their face and scalp, while adults tend to have the patches of scaly, inflamed skin on their hands, wrists, inside the bend of their elbows, upper chest, neck, feet, and ankles.

What causes eczema?

The precise causes of eczema aren’t fully understood. However, doctors believe there is a genetic factor and that your risk of developing eczema increases if another member of your family has the condition.

Your risk of developing eczema increases if you have allergies or asthma. Eczema usually develops when your immune system perceives a threat. For example, you may experience a flare-up if you come into contact with a common allergen such as:

  • Animal dander
  • Dust
  • Itchy clothing
  • Certain soaps or detergents
  • Sweat
  • Fruit juice

You may also experience an eczema break out if your immune system is weakened by a cold, cough, or other infection.

What methods treat allergy and eczema?

The team at Wellspring Life Care offers a holistic approach to allergy and eczema treatment and management. Once you have identified your allergic triggers, you can take steps to avoid contact. The doctors provide personalized treatments including herbal medicine and supplements to improve your health, boost your immune system and reduce your symptoms.

Although there is no definitive cure, there is substantial anecdotal evidence to suggest that several supplements may be very helpful for alleviating symptoms. Among our own patients, we have achieved great success using custom herbal formulas as well as our proprietary Allergy and Eczema formulas, in combination with other modern research-based supplements and specific dietary recommendations. Acupuncture can also help support your allergy treatment regimen.

If you are looking for highly customized, natural and holistic treatment for allergy and eczema, call Wellspring LifeCare or make an appointment online today.

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