Allergies are common
Submitted by JoAnne Y. Gauthier Health Boutique Santé According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, one in five people, or an estimated 50 million Americans, suffers from some type of allergies.
The chances are high that you or someone you know suffers from allergies, whether seasonal allergies, food allergies or another type. Most people who are struggling with an allergy go to the doctor to be treated and are routinely given pharmaceuticals from acetaminophens to antihistamines, both of which may actually further aggravate the allergy symptoms they were given for.
Before you know it allergy season will be upon us again, which means that millions of Canadians are going to turn to Benadryl, Claritin and other medications to try and find some relief. The good news is that you might not necessarily need to take any medications to control your allergy symptoms. There are many natural allergy relief remedies you can try first.
Allergies are a type of “bodily reactivity (hypersensitivity) to an antigen in response to a first exposure,” or an “exaggerated or pathological immunological reactions (as by sneezing, difficult breathing, itching, or skin rashes) to substances, situations, or physical states.” In other words, allergies are due to hypersensitivity of the immune system that causes damaging responses that can affect the whole body. Some of the most common causes of allergies are things like pollen found outdoors, animal fur, dust or particular foods.
Allergy symptoms occur when your body responds to allergens by producing a chemical called histamine, which works by helping to counteract the allergen. The immune system causes allergic reactions by producing Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies that cause widespread symptoms. There are several broad categories of allergies.
When we take prescribed medications for allergies, we’re only addressing the symptoms of allergies (itchy skin or watery eyes, for example) but this does not uncover the root cause and build your natural defence system.
Prescribed medications can disturb natural processes of your immune system and have other deleterious effects like altering your pH balance. To keep symptoms at bay, you will always have to take a drug because your body doesn’t learn how to adapt to allergens. Allergy drugs, drops and creams alleviate and hide symptoms, but they don’t address the fact that the problem still exists.
Allergies are due to hypersensitivity of the immune system that causes the release of damaging histamines. Allergies can affect the whole body, especially the skin, eyes, nasal passageways and lungs. • Some of the most common causes of allergies include pollen, animal fur, dust, mold, insect bites, medications or particular foods.
• For help with natural allergy relief, you can eat an anti-inflammatory diet, consume raw honey and apple cider vinegar, take quercetin supplements and stinging nettle, and use essential oils like frankincense and eucalyptus, to name a few options.