• Glenn Rothfeld, MD

ALLERGY TESTING! : The Rothfeld Center Newsletter


Fall is finally here, which means allergy season is at its peak. Here is everything you need to know about how The Rothfeld Center can help you tackle your seasonal allergies!

Allergy Testing!

When experiencing a wide range of symptoms, it is often very difficult to find an explanation for it all. Many people do not consider the possibility of allergies because they aren’t aware of the wide range of symptoms that they produce. Allergies mainly come from the environment, food, chemicals, and stress, and have far more indicators than just itchy eyes and a runny nose.

Those who have allergies experience some of the most common symptoms including sneezing, skin rashes, asthma, watery or itchy eyes and nose, as well as nasal congestion, although those suffering from depression, palpitations, fatigue, joint pains, headaches, and digestive problems may all be reacting to allergens as well. Rather than simply masking the symptoms with medications, our approach, customized to each patient’s sensitivity, allows treatment aimed at the source of the problem.

"Rain Barrel" Theory


Try to envision your body as a rain barrel. Your body deals with many stressors (allergens, sensitivities, stress, lack of sleep) without giving you any symptoms until it becomes overloaded. As more water (stressors) pours in, it spills over. You may begin to notice symptoms when the body is overburdened like the water spilling over the rain barrel.

For example, if you have dust and mite allergies, you will not notice any symptoms because your body (the rain barrel) is able to handle and contain these stressors. You may experience other allergies on top of this such as mold, food, chemical sensitivity, etc., which starts to fill the rain barrel, but stays contained. Then along comes plant pollens allergies in the spring or fall, which fills the rain barrel to the top and it begins to spill over. The most common reaction to this is, “boy, these trees are really bothering me!” However, it isn’t just the trees; it is everything in the rain barrel.


How we Treat Environmental and Food Allergies

The goal of allergy treatment is to decrease your symptoms by reducing the stress that allergens place on your immune system. Based on your test results, you will be given sublingual (under the tongue) and/or subcutaneous injections (shots) that contain small amounts of the substances to which you are allergic. This will allow your immune system to slowly build tolerance to your allergies so that you can live a more unrestricted and healthier life.

Allergy treatment is home-based, convenient, cost effective and safe for people of all ages.


Call to Make Your Allergy Testing Appointment Today!