Are seasonal allergy symptoms slowing your patients down? As healthcare practitioners, we know that Fall has truly arrived when we see an increase in patients with red, itchy eyes, congested sinuses and fits of sneezing. Far from being limited to respiratory symptoms, this allergenic patient picture can also include hives, rashes, shortness of breath, swelling and GI bloating.
Your patients likely know that they have seasonal allergies, and may be looking to you for symptomatic relief. But are you prepared to answer these patient questions?
- I tried antihistamines – why didn’t they work?
- I’ve never had allergies before – why am I getting them now?
- I got a cold months ago – why do I still have symptoms?
Patients may consider allergy symptoms annoying, but not serious. But you and I know what allergy symptoms are cries for help from a dysfunctional immune system. I’m sure you have many tools in your practitioner toolkit to support immune health. But have you considered where genetics fits in? Let’s take a closer look at which genetic factors influence the immune response, and how using integrated genetics can help you get to the root of your patients’ allergies this Fall.