Hard-to-Treat Bladder Condition Responds to AllergyEasy Food Allergy Treatment
Interstitial cystitis (IC) afflicts nearly 6 percent of U.S. women. AllergyEasy sublingual drops for food allergies have shown to be promising treatment option.
Phoenix, Arizona (PRUnderground) April 29th, 2015
An occasional bladder infection is bad enough, but imagine feeling like you have a lifetime of them. For many of the nearly 6 percent of women in the U.S. with interstitial cystitis, this is the reality.
IC (also known as bladder pain syndrome or BPS) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder that causes the same symptoms as perpetual bladder infections. And while few treatments have proven helpful, AllergyEasy is developing a strong track record for treating the condition with an allergy treatment known as sublingual immunotherapy.
The treatment involves taking a few sublingual (under-the-tongue) drops each day. The droplets contain common food allergens suspended in a saline solution. As the drops absorb into the bloodstream through special cells in the mouth, the body develops an immunity to the food allergens it once overreacted to, and according to AllergyEasy director, Stuart Agren, M.D., it appears that food allergies may lie at the source of some IC cases.
“Even though not a lot is yet known about IC in the medical community, I have always had a strong sense that it was related to food allergies. I realized that IC was most commonly treated by food elimination. When patients would eliminate foods, their IC would often improve,” said Dr. Stuart Agren, director of AllergyEasy, which supplies sublingual immunotherapy drops to physicians around the country.
Many doctors now attempt to alleviate the symptoms of IC by injecting anti-allergy medications into the bladder (also known as “bladder instillations.”) But while this is a common practice, Dr. Agren said that it is a very uncomfortable one and only provides temporary relief.
“It is encouraging that the medical community is examining the relationship between allergies and IC, but with bladder instillations, the relief only lasts as long as the medication does,” said Dr. Agren.
The advantage of sublingual immunotherapy is that it doesn’t just address the symptoms of food allergy, it addresses the underlying allergy itself which can help provide long-term relief.
And relief is critical for sufferers of IC who experience chronic pelvic pain much of the time and also have their life interrupted by the urge to urinate—often as many as 60 times a day.
Lezlie Greene of Arizona suffered with IC for many years before getting treatment through AllergyEasy.
“I was always tired because I would have to go to the bathroom all through the night,” said Greene. “When my husband and I would travel in the car, he was constantly having to pull over so I could find a rest room.”
Greene lived with overwhelming pain. She cycled through five different doctors and a host of different treatments, including anti-depressants, high-power pain killers, and bladder instillations. At one point, she was on so many medications, she felt like she was in “a coma.”
She also tried various restrictive diets (including three months of eating only potatoes and watermelon) which helped to some degree, but the diets were hard to sustain and kept her from maintaining a healthy weight.
Greene was enrolled in an IC case study at a prominent urology clinic when one of the doctors advised her to look elsewhere for treatment.
“He could see that the standard treatments weren’t helping and that this was ruining my life, ” said Greene, who loves the outdoors and athletic activities like biking.
After a few months on the sublingual drops, Greene’s pain had diminished from a 10 to a 2, and her urge to urinate was almost gone.
It has been an emotional journey for Greene.
“I actually cried last time I went to see my doctor about my progress on the drops,” said Greene. “I feel like the drops have given me my life back.”
“It’s really exciting to see the allergy drops work for different health problems–especially when those problems have previously been deemed ‘untreatable,’” said Dr. Agren.
While 90 percent of IC cases affect women, the condition also affects an estimated 1 to 4 million men. Scientists do not agree on one single cause of IC, but many believe it can be attributed to allergies, toxic substances in the urine, bacterial infections, bladder trauma, nerve inflammation and/or autoimmune reactions.
While sublingual allergy immunotherapy may not be the silver bullet for all IC sufferers, it is a promising treatment that has been shown to bring significant, lasting relief.
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AllergyEasy helps allergy doctors around the country provide sublingual immunotherapy (allergy drops) to their patients who suffer with allergies to pollen and food allergies (including dairy allergy, wheat allergy, nut allergy, fruit allergy and more.) AllergyEasy can connect patients to a doctor in their area who offers sublingual allergy treatment.
(These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.)