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Seasonal Allergies

 


Protect yourself from Allergies this Season

 

 

What happens in your body with Seasonal Allergies?

How do I outgrow my Allergies?

Who gets Allergies?

Almost anyone can develop allergies. However, there are some risk factors that may increase your chances of developing allergies during your life. One of the main risk factors is genetics. If someone in your immediate family suffers from allergy symptoms the chance that you will also develop an allergic reaction, at some point, greatly increases. First born children and children with few siblings are also at a higher risk of developing allergies.

Naturopathic Desensitization of Allergens

As mentioned earlier, allergies are usually a result of the body’s over-reaction (hypersensitivity) to innocuous substances. Naturopathic treatment of allergies hyposensitizes the body so that it doesn’t react as severely. There are a number of effective Homeopathic preparations that can achieve the desired hyposensitized effects. For example there are homeopathic medicines that address inflammation in the mucus membranes that cause congestion and stuffiness: (e.g. Metal album, Petroleum, Thuja occidentalis). There are others that address allergies that affect the skin: (e.g. Cardiospermum, Acidum formicicum, Lachesis mutus). There are other remedies that control histamine release. Histamine is the compound in all our cells that mediates the symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as sneezing, congestion, itchy and tearing eyes. Such remedies include (e.g. Histaminum, Luffa operculata). Many of the above remedies are part of various complexes for allergies, and can be used as a pill, drop or injectable form. Many of these remedies are designed for individualized cases and should be discussed with your Natural Health professional.

What about diet?

A low Allergen diet is often utilized to address Seasonal Allergies. There is a correlation between certain high allergic foods and the aggravation of Seasonal Allergies. The main goal of a Low Allergy diet is twofold: 1) Promote the growth of new mucous membranes and friendly bacteria in the small intestine and, 2) Have a diet as low in allergens as possible. If insufficient beneficial bacteria are present the allergens can make their way from the intestines to the bloodstream. This can trigger an immune response that can render an even more severe allergic reaction. In general the foods to avoid are; dairy products, pork, citrus fruit, processed food, canned food, junk foods, soft drinks, refined sugar, caffeine & fried foods. In particular the categories of foods that can create the most severe aggravations of allergies are termed “Histamine suppliers”. These foods contain the compound Histamine that is released from our cells to mediate an allergic response. Histamine release causes the symptoms of sneezing, stuffiness, tearing /itching eyes. Conventional allergy medications like Reactin are termed Antihistamines designed to block the release of Histamine, and suppress the aforementioned symptoms. The foods that contain the highest levels of Histamine are: canned fish, sardines, anchovies, pork, bacon and rabbit.

How to minimize your Seasonal Allergy symptoms

The best way to minimize your seasonal allergy symptoms is to follow the suggested protocol. Four to five weeks before the onset of Allergy season a series of homeopathic injections are given in conjunction with oral medication. The Low Allergen Diet is also employed along with the following 10 tips to decrease your exposure to allergens and help keep your allergies under control.

1. Stay away from areas that are allergen hot-spots such as basements, crawl spaces and barns.

2. When choosing your vacations spots, pick areas that are going to be relatively free of allergens. The beach is a good choice!

3. Try to stay indoors between the hours of 2:00pm – 4:00pm. This is when the pollen count in the atmosphere is at its highest.

4. Take a shower immediately after coming in from the outdoors. This will help to wash the allergens off of you. Wear a paper mask when outside raking leaves or mowing because these activities stir up pollen, molds and dust into the atmosphere.

5. Hang your laundry to dry inside. Allergens such as pollen and mold are more likely to attach to laundry that has been hung outdoors.

6. Improve the quality of air inside your house by keeping windows closed, cleaning air filters and ducts regularly and using a dehumidifier to minimize mold growth.

7. Try decorating to reduce allergens. For example, use sheets and pillow cases which do not collect allergens (known as hypoallergenic), we recommend our hypoallergenic sheets.

8. Pick flowers with large, bright blooms for your house. They have larger pollen particles that are less likely to cause a reaction.

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