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Seasonal Allergies

June 23, 2018

 

Allergies are the reactions of the immune system that take place within certain individuals. When the body first makes contact with an allergen individual it doesn’t react immediately but tries to fight it off by creating an antibody. The primary causes of the allergic reaction are due to excessive regular consumption (for food allergies) of a limited number of foods (hidden artificial ingredients etc.). In some cases, the reason for food allergies can be found related to the earlier introduction of solid food for infants or some digestive disorders. 

 

There is a great misunderstanding that allergies are caused by allergens. In reality, they are caused by an unusual reaction of our body's weak immune system to things that are usually not harmful to a healthy body. Some of these things can include things like various allergens such as pollen, dust, and several more. In an effort to defend the body from that allergen, the immune system produces IgE antibodies called Histamine. The histamine then acts on a person's eyes, nose, throat, lungs, skin, or gastrointestinal tract and causes the symptoms of the allergic reaction. Future exposure to that same allergen will activate this antibody response again. This means that every time you come into contact with that allergen, you'll have an allergic reaction. Therefore, just treating symptoms or avoiding the allergen will only give temporary relief of symptoms, and so, the permanent cure would be to strengthen the body's immune and defense system.

There is no good way to tell the difference between allergy symptoms of runny nose, coughing, and sneezing and cold symptoms. Allergy symptoms, however, may last longer than cold symptoms. 

 

Types of Allergies 

There are 3 major categories of allergies

1.Respiratory tract and throat allergies – rhinitis, allergic asthma , allergic tonsillitis

2.Skin allergies – Urticaria, hives, eczema, atopic dermatitis

3.GI tract allergies - Food intolerances 

 

ESSENTIAL OILS FOR ALLERGIC REACTIONS

Frankincense and Lavender Oils

Frankincense and lavender oils are a great fragrant oil combination for reducing asthma symptoms. Frankincense oil is good for reducing inflammation while Lavender oil helps relieve the stress and anxiety that can lead to or exacerbate an asthma attack. It also helps reduce the body’s production of mucus.

Like the other oils, they should be massaged onto the chest, and/or boiled in water and inhaled. 

Tea Tree Oil

This can be applied by the way described above or by dipping a face cloth in warm water and adding drops of tea tree oil. Lie back and place the face cloth over your face, inhaling the fumes, until it has cooled to room temperature.

Tea tree oil is a natural expectorant, decongestant, anti-inflammatory and microbial. It will relieve wheezing and coughing and reduce inflammation and excess mucus.

 

Please always use with caution and contact your health care professional before use.

 

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR ALLERGY TREATMENT

 

In homeopathy we have many remedies for allergies such as Arsenic Album, Natrum Muriaticum, Allium Cepa, Eupherisia and Pulsatella.   These remedies are a very brief list used to treat various allergies. Each provide different treatments that relieve symptoms. For specifics and to learn about more options please visit our clinic for a consultation. 

 

Arsenic Album - There is thin watery discharge from the nose with burning sensation, recurrent sneezing one after another with runny nose. Burning and tearing of eyes . There is puffiness around eyes, stuffy nose.

Natrium Muriaticum – Natrium mur is generally well indicated in case of allergic condition which gives the symptoms of more itching of nose, throat, ear with recurrent sneezing one after another. The characteristic discharge from the mucous membranes is watery or thick whitish, like the white of an Natrum muriaticum patient is very sensitive in nature. Every thing he/she takes into the heart.

Allium Cepa  -  Allium Cepa is one of the most commonly used Homeopathic medicines for Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever. It is generally used in the symptoms of severe runny nose that drips from the tip of nose with watery eyes. There is burning of nose due to over secretion mucous. Along with the watery nasal discharge there is watery eye. There is profuse sneezing associated with runny nose and watery eyes.

Eupheresia – Profuse hot or acrid tears, worse in open air. Sticky eye gum. Cutting pain in eyes.  Thick, acrid yellow discharge from the eyes.  Red, burning, itchy eyes.  Cough.

Pulsatella - Discharges are greenish yellow. Obstraction of nose, loss of smell. Symptoms are better with fresh air.

Sabadilla - Eyes are red and burning. Sneezing, itching, tickling in nose. Hay fever. Smell of flowers makes symptoms are worse. 

Apis - Red, sensitive, sore skin. Stinging like spots on the skin. Panting breathing. Burning, stinging pain on front of chest. Asthma from hives.  Puffy eye lids. 

 

Always consult with your homeopath before choosing a remedy.

 

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