Allergies and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Allergies are frequently an underlying issue in conditions such as autism, ADHD, and asthma. Clinicians who regularly treat patients with autism often find that many of these children have chronic allergy problems such as:
- Rhinitis (stuffy nose)
- Sinusitis (sinus infections)
- Frequent ear infections
- Serous otitis (middle ear fluid)
- Eczema (skin inflammation)
Treating allergies seems to improve not only the child’s health as well as his or her function and the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) parameters including eye contact, sharing attention, social interaction, and language processing function.
Our clinic has successfully treated a broad range of allergies using sublingual immunotherapy, including those caused by dust mites, pollen, mold, animals, insects and foods. This is especially helpful for kids with ASD as it provides an alternative to food avoidance alone. Inhalant allergies, which typically co-exist with food allergies, are found to be as important to treat as the food allergies.
We begin testing for allergy by taking a thorough patient history, exam and blood testing along with other tests to avoid multiple blood draws or the hardship of skin testing.
Once we identify specific allergies, we customize the allergy drops for each patient based on his or her allergens and level of sensitivity. Allergy drops are administered multiple times daily under the tongue by the patient or parent. The average treatment course typically ranges from three to five years until the patient enjoys symptom relief and significantly reduced IgE or IgG levels.