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Allergies Specialist

Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice -  - Integrative Medicine Specialist

Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice

Integrative Medicine Specialists & Holistic Medicine Specialists located in Norwalk, CT

Allergies impact the lives of more than 50 million people in the United States each year. At Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice in Norwalk, Connecticut, experienced physicians Giovanni A. Nelson, ND, and Pamela Santapaola, ND, offers naturopathic therapies to relieve your allergy symptoms. You may also benefit from lifestyle changes, dietary changes, and immunotherapy to prevent the recurrence of allergies. Find out more about the holistic therapies available for allergies by calling or booking an appointment online today.

Allergies Q & A

What are allergies?

Allergies are your body’s overreaction to substances in the environment that aren’t typically harmful. When you come into contact with these substances, your body produces histamines that trigger symptoms that affect your respiratory and digestive systems and your skin.

Some common allergens that can trigger an allergic reaction include:

  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Pollen
  • Latex
  • Pet dander
  • Insect bites
  • Certain medications

Many people also have an allergic reaction to foods like tree nuts, shellfish, wheat, and soy.

What are the symptoms of allergies?

Allergy symptoms can range from mild to severe. When you make contact with specific allergens, you may experience:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Nasal congestion
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Skin rash or hives

Some people even experience a potentially life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis describes a sudden inflammation of your airways that makes it difficult for you to catch your breath or take in enough air. Without emergency medical treatment, this type of allergic reaction can cause long-term health complications and premature death.

How does naturopathic medicine treat allergies?

The naturopathic physicians at Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice recognize that many allergic symptoms relate to the dysfunction of your endocrine system, digestive disturbances, and an altered immune response.

The providers focus on uncovering the root cause of your allergic reaction so they can treat it properly. This may include lab testing, dietary changes, and the use of air purifiers and natural cleaners to narrow down your triggers. They customize your allergy treatment plan, which may include:


To rebalance your gut, Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice may recommend eating  raw fruits, vegetables, and dairy products that contain probiotics. Probiotics help regulate your immune system’s response to allergens. 

Herbal supplements

Your provider may also suggest natural supplements to reduce inflammation in your body and strengthen the function of your immune system.


Immunotherapy is also beneficial for treating allergies. By injecting small amounts of known allergens into your body, your provider can help reduce the severity of your body’s response to them. You may also receive immunotherapy sublingually using tablets or liquids that contain allergens and dissolve under your tongue.

If you’re tired of dealing with chronic allergies, find alternative treatments by calling Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice or booking an appointment online today.