The best alternative treatment for . . . Rhinitis:What to do instead

For seasonal rhinitis or inhalant sensitivities, as it’s usually not possible to avoid the offending pollens as you can in food allergies, one successful treatment option is intradermal provocative neutralisation desensitisation. Another possibility is enzyme-potentiated desensitisation, first developed by Dr Len McEwen.

Neutralisation treatment for inhalant sensitivities is well supported by numerous clinical studies. In this technique, the patient receives skin injections of a variety of pollens in successively stronger or weaker doses until no reaction is seen. This ‘neutralising dose’ is then used in a vaccine, comprising all the substances to which the patient is allergic, which the patient self-administers with an extremely fine needle, which is usually not painful. The injections are given on alternate days, and most patients are considerably or totally improved in 7-10 days. The injections need to be given throughout the season that the patient normally has problems.

* Have a sweat test, red-blood-cell test or a thermogram performed to check your magnesium levels (obtainable at the Biolab Medical Unit, London, tel: 020 7636 5959).

* For food allergies, most so-called food-allergy tests are not reliable. The most accurate ‘test’ remains a strict elimination-rotation diet. You follow a 20-food low-risk diet for seven days and, if your symptoms disappear, your problem is related to food.

* For fungal infections, the most satisfactory nasal-and-sinus-irrigation system we’ve seen is the EMCUR Nasal Spray (Notions Medical, P.O. Box 5237, Poole, Dorset BH13 7YZ; Alternatively, 8 drops of amphotericin suspension to one sachet of saline cleaning solution will kill most fungi.

* Treat Candida systemically.

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