Natural Remedies For Allergies
What Are Allergy Remedies?
Allergy Remedies include homeopathic remedies, herbal remedies and home remedies targeted to provide symptom relief of allergies.
Allergies, also known as allergic diseases, are a number of conditions caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to something in the environment that usually causes little or no problem in most people
A holistic approach to life includes active participation in your health decisions and healing processes, and to make wellness-oriented lifestyle choices. Our goal is to provide you with all natural allergy remedies for symptom relief of common allergies, that are chemical-free and without the risk of side effects. Feel better with all natural remedies for allergies!
Allergies are among the most common chronic conditions worldwide. Allergy symptoms range from a stuffy nose and itchy eyes to life-threatening reactions.
Allergies can be seasonal (worsening during certain times of the year, such as ragweed hay fever allergy in the fall) or perennial (occurring year-round). They can appear at any time and any age. Sometimes allergies disappear, only to return years later.
According to allergy experts, an allergic reaction begins in the immune system. If you have an allergy, your immune system mistakes an otherwise harmless substance as an invader (allergen) and overreacts to this allergen by producing Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies travel to cells that release histamine and other chemicals, causing an allergic reaction.
Common allergens include weed or grass pollen, dust mites, animal dander, mold, insect stings and a variety of food types, such as eggs, shellfish, nuts and grains. If you come in contact with something to which you are allergic, your immune system considers it dangerous and releases the chemical histamine to counteract it.
An allergic reaction typically triggers a variety of symptoms including a skin rash, headache, sneezing, runny nose, swelling, nausea and/or diarrhea. For some people, allergies can also trigger symptoms of asthma. In the most serious cases, a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-LAK-sis) can occur.
If the allergen is something you breathe in, your reaction will most likely affect your eyes, nose and lungs. If the allergen is something you consume, you’re more likely to have symptoms in your mouth, stomach and intestines.
Conventional allergy treatment includes medications (over-the-counter and prescription) and immunotherapy (allergy shots) to provide relief. Natural allergy treatment includes homeopathic remedies and making changes to your environment. A trip to a board certified allergies is recommended regardless to determine the type and severity of your allergies.
Allergies exist in many different forms.
- Food Allergy: Food allergies are estimated to affect 4 to 6 percent of children and 4 percent of adults.
- Dust Allergy: People who have dust allergies are familiar with sneezing—but sneezing isn’t the only uncomfortable symptom.
- Insect Sting Allergy: Stings from five insects (honeybees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets and fire ants) are known to cause allergic reactions to the venom injected into the skin.
- Pet Allergy: Pet allergies can contribute to constant allergy symptoms, such as causing your eyes to water, or causing you to start sneezing.
- Drug Allergy: If you develop a rash, hives or difficulty breathing after taking certain medications, you may have a drug allergy.
- Allergic Rhinitis: If you sneeze a lot, if your nose is often runny or stuffy, or if your eyes, mouth or skin often feels itchy, you may have allergic rhinitis.
- Latex Allergy: Allergic reactions to latex may be serious and can very rarely be fatal. If you have latex allergy you should limit or avoid future exposure to latex products.
- Mold Allergy: Molds live everywhere, on logs and on fallen leaves, and in moist places like bathrooms and kitchens.
- Cockroach Allergy: Some people develop allergy symptoms when they are around cockroaches.
Common Seasonal Allergy Triggers
Sneezing, coughing, itchy and runny nose and eyes during certain times of the year, are all symptoms of seasonal allergies. Grass, pollen and mold are the most common triggers of seasonal allergies.
In many areas of the United States, spring allergies begin in February and last until the early summer. Mild winter temperatures can cause plants to pollinate early. A rainy spring can also promote rapid plant growth and lead to an increase in mold, causing symptoms to last well into the fall.
Moving to another climate to avoid allergies is usually not successful, allergens are virtually everywhere.
The most common culprit for fall allergies is ragweed, a plant that grows wild almost everywhere, but especially on the East Coast and in the Midwest. Ragweed blooms and releases pollen from August to November. In many areas of the country, ragweed pollen levels are highest in mid-September.
While the timing and severity of an allergy season vary across the country, the following climate factors also can influence how bad allergy symptoms might be:
- Tree, grass and ragweed pollens thrive during cool nights and warm days.
- Molds grow quickly in heat and high humidity.
- Pollen levels tend to peak in the morning hours.
- Rain washes pollen away, but pollen counts can soar after rainfall.
- On a day with no wind, airborne allergens are grounded.
- When the day is windy and warm, pollen counts surge.
Seasonally Related Triggers
While the term “seasonal allergies” generally refers to grass, pollen and mold, there is a different group of allergy triggers that are closely tied to particular seasons. Among them:
- Smoke (campfires in summer, fireplaces in winter)
- Insect bites and stings (usually in spring and summer)
- Chlorine in indoor and outdoor swimming pools
- Candy ingredients (Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter)
- Pine trees and wreaths (Thanksgiving to Christmas)
Seasonal Allergy Management and Treatment
Know your seasonal allergy triggers. An allergist can help you find the source of your seasonal allergies and help to stop them, not just treat the symptoms.
Strategies to Manage Seasonal Allergy Triggers:
- Monitor pollen and mold counts. Weather reports in newspapers, online and on radio and television often include this information during allergy seasons.
- Keep windows and doors shut at home and in your car during allergy season.
- To avoid pollen, know which pollens you are sensitive to and then check pollen counts. In spring and summer, during tree and grass pollen season, levels are highest in the evening. In late summer and early fall, during ragweed pollen season, levels are highest in the morning.
- Take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes after you’ve been working or playing outdoors.
- Wear a NIOSH-rated 95 filter mask when mowing the lawn or doing other chores outdoors, and take appropriate medication beforehand.
- Your allergist may also recommend one or more medications to control symptoms. Some of the most widely recommended drugs are available without a prescription (over the counter); others, including some nose drops, require a prescription.
- If you have a history of prior seasonal problems, allergists recommend starting medications to alleviate symptoms two weeks before they are expected to begin.
- One of the most effective ways to treat seasonal allergies linked to pollen is immunotherapy (allergy shots). These injections expose you over time to gradual increments of your allergen, so you learn to tolerate it rather than reacting with sneezing, a stuffy nose or itchy, watery eyes.
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Make lifestyle choices that promote wellness, including living toxin-free and using Natural Product Alternatives.
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All Natural Remedies For Health - Holistic Approach
A holistic approach to life includes active participation in your health decisions and healing processes, and to make wellness-oriented lifestyle choices.
Our goal is to provide you with all natural health remedies for symptom relief of common conditions and ailments, that are chemical-free and without the risk of side effects.
We believe the best approach to treating most ailments and disease is a combination of:
- Traditional Medicine
- Natural Herbal Remedies
- Attention to Lifestyle - Healthy Eating, Sleeping and Exercise Habits
We urge and encourage you to take a sensible, balanced approach to healing yourself, your family and your pets. Always consult your physician, develop a healthy lifestyle and always use your natural remedy as directed.
Disclaimer: For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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