Dr. Michelle LeBlanc

722 Phosphor Avenue  |  Metairie, Louisiana

504-837-7722

What exactly is an “Allergy”

Allergies are a physiological error in the body. The body reacts negatively to harmless substances, foods or stimuli. The word “allergy” comes from the Greek allos, meaning “other”. It was first used in 1906 to refer to an “altered reaction” in the body’s immune system.

An allergic reaction occurs when the body comes in contact with the allergen such as mold, pet dander or certain types of food. This can occur through contact with the skin, inhalation, injection or ingestion of the substance. We often think we have a sensitivity to one thing however it is often an ingredient or by product  of what appears to be the root cause.  In your initial consultation Dr. Michelle will run through a series of non invasive small stress tests to pin point the substance creating the discomfort.

Medical treatment includes: avoidance of the allergen, medications to reduce the symptoms of the allergic reaction or injections to desensitize the patient to the allergen.

The use of the word “allergy” has become a generic term used by the public to describe allergies, sensitivities and intolerance. The distinction of a true allergy based on immunoglobulin involvement is generally unknown. Therefor, the term “allergy” is often understood as a term for any negative reaction from exposure to a benign substance.

Give Dr. Michelle a call for to schedule a simple allergy stress test. There are no needs or dangerous exposure to the allergen, but a simple 1 on 1 exam that will help pin point the cause and discuss the right allergy treatments to resolve!

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