Those who suffer from allergies wonder what may be at the root of their allergic reactions, so what causes allergies and how can they be stopped?
The things allergies share and have in common is the response of your immune system as it attacks substances that it determines are foreign. These substances are called allergens.
You will learn about different types of allergies, allergy symptoms, and natural allergy remedies in this wellness article for controlling the symptoms of allergies.
Holistic Health Information on Allergies
An estimated 60 million folks in the US alone suffer from allergies. Allergic conditions are not just common, but epidemic in today's world. It's really no wonder the respiratory allergy rate is tremendously high as well when we consider the amount of environmental pollutants we are exposed to such as smoke and auto fumes, chemicals in paints, housecleaning products, pesticides, asbestos, etc. On top of those allergy producers and health reducers, we also all have to deal with nature's brand of allergy stimulant - the spores, pollen and dust mites.
Having sensitivities to more than one allergen, known as multiple chemical sensitivity, is on the rise as well as food allergies and food intolerance. It might be safe to assume that most of us suffer, to one degree or another, from one allergen or another.
What is at the root of airborne allergies and hayfever (also medically referred to as allergic rhinitis)?
When we breathe each breath draws microscopic particles by the millions. The particles contain plant spores, pollen, dust, bacteria, and viruses along with chemical air pollutants. Luckily the nose and our respiratory system does a good job at filtering and removing many of these irritants and invaders.
The immune system of a strong and healthy person then steps in address those that can lead to the invitation of infection from these harmful airborne elements that invade the body.
The immune system normally ignores the harmless airborne bits, such as the pollen, animal dander, etc. But some individuals immune system senses these particles are harmful and responds to remove the dangers from the body by releasing histamines.
When a histamine reaction is triggered it also increases inflammatory compounds which your body generates and this leads to hayfever, which is also termed "allergic rhinitis."
In the warm weather, those who are sensitive and have over reactive immune systems may find there allergy signs and symptoms kick up in windy weather, or during springtime when bees buzz about as pollen is produced by trees, grasses, and flowers. If you are a person who reacts in other seasons, you most likely are dealing with molds, mildew, and also house dust and animal dander.
If you are someone who suffers allergic reactions you are also going to be more susceptible to developing sinusitis, colds, the flu and other respiratory infections because your system becomes compromised over time. This can cause a vicious cycle which weakens your immune system. Then yo many find allergic reaction increases along with progressive fatigue and a weakened body system.
What are the symptoms of allergic rhinitis and hayfever?
- A Runny nose with a clear discharge
- Eyes that are red, puffy, or itchy
- Dark circles form beneath the eyes
- Nasal passages become swollen
- You begin to Sneeze, and the nose itches
- The throat becomes irritated
- You feel tired and fatigued
Here are some tips on how to stop them, and a holistic remedy I have found that is very good...( I have absolutely ZERO affiliation with Native Resources...just like their products!)
Supporting year-round respiratory health
There are many ways to support respiratory health naturally.
- Maintain a healthy lifestyle to promote a healthy immune system. This includes regular exercise, healthy, preferably organic diet and sufficient sleep.
- Eat lots of fresh raw fruit and vegetables which contain rich sources of flavonoids and other nutrients.
- Learn stress management and relaxation techniques.
- Avoid cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine and other recreational drugs. For those struggling to quit smoking.
- Add Vitamin C and A to your daily supplements.
- Keep an eye on the pollen count in your area and stay indoors when it is high.
Maybe ask your naturopath/ alternative doctor about natural ways to treat the symptoms if you are really suffering. The following is what was recommended to me by my doc...
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