All About LDA

Tired of dealing with allergies?

Allergies can be frustrating to deal with, whether they’re chronic or acute, something that you have to deal with on a daily basis or something that tends to only effect you seasonally, allergies have a way of making an ordinary day ten time more difficult.

While there are plenty of medications, supplements, and other remedies around which help relieve the symptoms that allergic reactions create (runny nose, itchy skin, cough, sneezing, etc), and while they can be very helpful in getting you through the day, they aren’t preventative.

But there’s a new allergy buster on the block – LDA (Low Dose Allergy Immunotherapy).

LDA Immunotherapy helps build up your bodies tolerance to the environment inside and outside the body, whether food, environmental or chemical, creating less sever allergic reactions, and frequently ceasing the reaction all together.

How is this possible?

First let’s talk about what an allergic reaction actually is:
An allergic reaction is what happens when the body sees a usually harmless substance ( food, pollen, animal hair, etc) as an attack on the body. The immune system begins to fight off these substances which in turn can causes runny noses, burning eyes, trouble breathing, bloating, depression, insomnia, anxiety, etc.

How does LDA help?

LDA Immunotherapy is a low dose treatment (injection or sublingual) which uses a mixture of broad based allergens made active with beta glucuronidase enzyme.

How does LDA work?

When the LDA comes into contact with the skin it produces T Regulator cells (T-Reg cells). T-Reg cells address inappropriate reactions to allergens and help sustain long lasting immune tolerance. Basically TReg cells help ‘shut off’ your bodies allergic reaction by reconditioning the body to react differently when it comes into contact with triggering substances.

How is LDA different?

You don’t need annoying and inaccurate allergy tests, and over 300 major allergens
are included. Even if your specific allergen is not included it helps reprogram the
overactive immune system and decreases allergic reactivity. Not to mention, you only get injections every 8 weeks, and after a year there is even more time between injections which will taper off until the injections are no longer necessary. The allergen content is very minute compared to conventional allergy shots so there is less reaction to the injection themselves. It works to help the body regulate and balance the immune system. It has also been found to help many with auto-immune diseases.

How Safe is LDA?

A study done in the US between 1993-2001 of over 10,000 patients found that there are no significant adverse reactions to LDA. There may be some localized reactions of swelling at the LDA site, with possible itching and redness, but this is only a temporary reaction and should not persist or lead to more severe reactions.

Because the immune modulation which LDA uses is at such a low strength (lower than what is found in nature) LDA is safe for people with severe allergies including those who may experience anaphylactic shock when encountering certain substances.

Some patients may experience a temporary increase of symptoms after their LDA treatment (this may happen for the first one to three treatments). Dr. Maggie Fox can help manage these symptoms. Don’t worry though, this symptom flare is a good indicator that the LDA is working.

What does and LDA Treatment Look Like?

Environmental Triggers:
If you have environmental or chemical triggers, try to minimize contact with any triggering substances for the 2 days before and 1 day after the LDA injections. This means avoid animals, dust, mold, etc, more specific information will be provided by DR. Maggie Fox during consultation before the injection.

Food Triggers:
Those with food triggers will have to follow a strict three day diet (the day before injection, the day of injection, and the day after injection). A detailed list of the foods allowed and the foods to avoid will be provided by Dr. Maggie Fox during consultation before the injection.

How often?
Depending on severity/duration of symptoms there is a recommended 6-18 sessions each given 8 weeks apart. Additional injections may be needed and
often at longer and longer intervals. At times a booster is need when stress can
reactivate the misdirected immune system.

Tired of dealing with allergies? Schedule an LDA consultation with Dr. Maggie Fox today.

LDA is not FDA approved and not covered by insurance, though a super bill from the office may be covered.