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Health providers take different approaches to allergy treatment

By Elena Watts
April 17, 2014 at 11:03 p.m.
Updated April 19, 2014 at 11:20 p.m.


Sneezing, stuffy or runny noses, teary eyes and itching in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat and eyes are signs of tree pollen in spring.

There are no cures for allergies, but they can be managed with proper prevention and treatment, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website.

When a person has an allergy, the immune system mistakes an otherwise harmless substance for an invader, called an allergen.

The immune system overreacts to the allergen, which causes the release of histamines and other chemicals, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology website. This causes an allergic reaction.

Two Crossroads health providers agreed to share their different perspectives on how to best treat allergies.

Dr. Gullapalli Rao is an allergist and immunologist who established the Victoria Allergy and Asthma Clinic more than 30 years ago.

Tim Holcomb with the Neurologic Relief Center of Victoria is a nutritionist, chiropractor, naturopath and pharmacist. He also practices acupuncture with electrical stimulation, lasers and needles.

A naturopath's tips for treating allergies

An allergist/immunologist's tips for treating allergies

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