Allergies Specialist
Patients of all ages from in and around Scottsdale, Arizona have access to a natural approach to allergy care with Dr. Hansen at the Hansen Clinic of Natural Medicine.

Allergies Q & A

by Clark Hansen, NMD

What are Allergies?

According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation, approximately 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. An allergy is a hypersensitive immune response to a substance. The substances that cause allergic reactions are called allergens. While the majority of people do not react to allergens, when a person with hypersensitivity is exposed to the substance, the body responds to it as if it was a pathogen. A person’s allergic symptoms can range in severity and can change over time. Symptoms can affect any part of the body including itchy, red, or watery eyes, nasal congestion or a runny nose, rashes, or digestive distress.

Common allergic symptoms include:

  • Coughing
  • Fatigue
  • Hives
  • Itchy, runny nose
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Nausea
  • Rashes
  • Sneezing
  • Vomiting

How are Allergies Diagnosed?

Dr. Hansen carefully tests his patients for allergies using a variety of tests to identify the allergens responsible for the reactions. He asks detailed questions about the symptoms being experienced and the types of allergens the patient could have come into contact with. Dr. Hansen may also order allergy skin tests and blood tests to gather additional information to accurately diagnose the allergy. He may also run tests to measure how the body is functioning, such as testing a patient’s stool to evaluate the integrity of the digestive system or the blood and saliva to establish thyroid and adrenal status. If a skin test is necessary to identify the allergy, a patient is monitored while small samples of suspected allergens are applied to the skin.

How are Allergies Treated?

Dr. Hansen and all of the professionals at the Hansen Clinic of Natural Medicine take a holistic approach to heal the immune system instead of relying on medication. Dr. Hansen works with his patients to identify and treat any hormonal deficiencies to restore hormonal regulation, which should enable the body to respond appropriately to exposure to potential allergens. Dr. Hansen may suggest adding certain supplements to a patient’s diet to regulate his or her immune responses. Any additional symptoms will be treated with nutrient and herbal support.

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