Low Dose Allergy Therapy – A Complete Detail About It

Low Dose Allergy Therapy in Waco TX by Waco Center for Functional Medicine

One way to feel better and ditch the allergy symptoms is through LDA or Low Dose Allergy Therapy, which enhances and teaches the immune system to ignore harmless substances (allergens). LDA consists of extremely low doses that restore the natural active immune tolerance to specific environmental and internal allergens. These low-dose injections contain broad-based mixtures of common allergens made active by a natural substance built by the human body known as glucuronidase.

How LDA Therapy Can Help Symptoms of Allergy?

An increase in T cells (the helpers) will follow after the treatment of LDA therapy. T cells help regulate the immune system not to fight off foreign substances. The helpers will then control the immune system, keeping it tolerant, and preventing those developing autoimmune diseases. 

Also, T cells or the helpers address unnecessary responses to the foreign substances, which then “shuts off” the allergic reaction. Since the original T Cells were not doing that, the help of LDA treatment will make the reaction doesn’t take that long.

When team up, the helpers and glucuronidase in the dose will help with the function. The glucuronidase increases the effectiveness of the tiny amount of foreign substances (allergens) contained in the LDA formula. Therefore, one can have a safe, small amount of allergens that retrain the immune system not to react.

What’s The Treatment Process?

  • LDA injections, which are tiny, are injected into the forearm. 
  • Patients can receive 1-2 doses per treatment on average.
  • Injections for LDA are initially administered with a two-month gap between appointments.
  • As the patient progresses with the treatments, time is extended between injection appointments until they are down to only once a year, so expect fewer injections in the future.
  • There are patients, in some cases, who were able to stop treatment for more extended periods, longer than once a year.
  • Most patients can go extended periods between injections or stop injections altogether after 16 to 18 months.
  • For severe food allergies, 6 to 12 doses for 1 to 2 years of treatment may be necessary before results are noticeable.
  • Over 60% of patients note a significant, positive response with their first treatment. 

What Does LDA Treat?

It is a safe and effective therapy for the relief of immune reactions, which also treats the following conditions, such as:  

  • Internal Allergens like Food Allergies (IgE / non IgE)
  •  Environmental Inhalant Allergies (Dust, Dog, fever, Hay, Mold, etc.) and Chemical Sensitivities
  • Food and Inhalant Related conditions
    • IBS, Inflammatory Bowel (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis)
    • Other Colitis.
    • Autism Spectrum
    • ADHD Spectrum
    • Chronic Ear Infections, Tonsillitis
    • Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis, Rosacea
    • Asthma, Pharyngitis, Rhinitis, Sinusitis
    • Food triggered Headaches and Migraines.
  • Autoimmune Diseases: Inflammatory Bowel, Inflammatory Arthritis, Reactive Arthritis, Ankylosing spondylitis, ITP, Interstitial cystitis, Autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimotos), SLE (lupus).
  • Other Conditions:
    • Endometriosis
    • Chronic Fatigue
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Lyme disease
    • Chronic Joint and Muscle Pain, NAFLD,
    • Nephritic Syndrome
    • Re-current Strep
    • PANDAS
    • Chronic Vaginitis

How Is LDA Different From Conventional Allergy Treatments?

While the conventional allergy medications block the histamine response, it only helps when taken (and require patients to take medication indefinitely). With LDA, allergy shots and allergy drops work with the immune system to gradually build a tolerance to specific allergens. LDA doesn’t only treat multiple (over 300) foods or inhalant allergies in a single treatment but also works for resetting the immune system’s response, rather than just working to build up a tolerance. 

Moreover, 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 requires much less treatment – once every two months versus weekly allergy shots or daily allergy drops.

Note that the most important thing in treating allergy is not LDA but the importance of learning the causes of the problems. To be followed by understanding how those causes can affect the person and what to do about them. The reasons can be many-environmental, hormonal, nutritional, or dietary.

Even if the main problem is an allergy, LDA is usually not the first step in managing the allergies anyway. It is necessary to have an appropriate evaluation (history, physical exam, and appropriate testing) to see if it is an inhalant allergy, food sensitivity, or chemical sensitivity. That said, the next step is learning how to treat them with environmental changes, lifestyle changes, dietary changes, appropriate immunotherapy, and many more.

What Benefits Can LDA Provide Compared to Conventional Ones?

  • Long-lasting results for a wide range of allergens.
  • Most patients see improvements or quick results within one to three treatments.
  • Less expensive than conventional allergy therapy.
  • Less frequent treatments, which are initially done once every 2 months but will then be required less frequently.

Is LDA A Safe Therapy?

As indicated, LDA is a safe and effective treatment that uses a natural pathway of immune modulation at a strength less than the average. It has found no significant adverse reactions in an initial study of over 10,000 patients in the US from 1993 to 2001. In another study in the US, repeated ear infections in children responded to LDA better than any other condition (they found out that a reaction to foods most often causes ear infections). 

What Are LDA Precautions To Experience Its Maximum Results?

To feel the beneficial effect of LDA, below are the important recommendations:

  1. For those with environmental and chemically triggered symptoms, it is important to improve environmental controls, so the contacts are minimized starting 2 days before the LDA injection. If one has these types of allergies, then avoid cats dogs, and clean a dusty or moldy house so that it’s free of dust or mold by the day prior to the shot. Stop using all fragrances and fabric softeners, more or less specific information will be given about the individual allergy triggers.
  2. Use the nutrient protocol that enhances the effect of LDA between the injections.
  3. Have the nutrient IV for LDA (LDA Booster) at the time of the LDA treatment.

What Result Can Be Expected With LDA?

The good news is LDA effect can be felt immediately, but others may take longer to achieve the full benefit of LDA. In a study, about 60% of patients noted a significant positive response with their first treatment, while almost all patients responded positively to the third treatment. Particularly, those with food allergy or intolerance may only notice sustained improvement after 3 to 6 doses, while it may take two years to become tolerable for those severely reactive foods.

In another study, only 1 in 25 patients does not respond with strongly positive results until having had 6 treatments. Depending on the treated condition, the overall response rate for all conditions treated with LDA is approximately 65-95%. 

The Bottom Line

LDA (short for “low dose allergens,” or ultra-low dose enzyme activated immunotherapy) is a method of immunotherapy/allergy therapy enhanced by a very small dose of the enzyme, beta-glucuronidase. Waco Center for Functional Medicine, PLLC offers Low Dose Allergy Therapy that helps restore your body’s immune tolerance to the environment outside and inside your body. It is used to treat multiple conditions and appears to be a long-lasting treatment option for allergies and many autoimmune illnesses.

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