Most Common Allergic Reactions
Millions of people suffer from allergies each year. You can imagine the amount of money spent on medicine, doctor visits, and even hospitalization bills. The number is astounding.
Is There a Better Solution?
We believe there is. Our philosophy is simple (link here). We believe that natural remedies are far better than synthetic or pharmaceutical treatments. We are NOT anti-medicine. But we are PRO natural.
What Is An Allergy Anyway?
It all boils down to your immune system. Its job is to fight against substances that can harm you.
An allergic reaction happens when your immune system goes rogue. It falsely identifies a non-harmful substance as something bad. When this happens, the immune system goes into a full-scale battle mode.
Most Common Allergic Reactions
Is it allergies or a bad Sinus Infection?
Most people simply can’t tell. An estimated 35 million people in America (not counting the rest of the world) suffer from allergies. Seven million from severe sinus infections.
There is a lot of confusion about sinus allergies, the common cold, and chronic sinus infections. The symptoms are very similar and have a lot of overlap. But here’s a simple breakdown.
A common cold will not last much longer than a week. So if you have a stuffy nose, watery and itchy eyes that last longer, you may be suffering from an allergy flare up.
Sinus Infection or Chronic Sinusitis
Sinusitis is usually accompanied by headaches, fatigue, loss of taste and smell, and pain in the sinus cavity. This happens because the body is producing so much mucus that the pressure builds up in the sinus cavity.
Much like a common cold, sinus allergies bring watery and itchy eyes, sneezing and wheezing, and stuffy or a runny nose.
If you treat a seasonal allergy like a cold, and you medicate it day in and day out, you run the risk of ‘overmedicating’ and you might not be addressing the real issue.
Allergies are triggered by something in your environment. Ragweed, pollen, feathers or dust, and mold.
It’s important to know the differences between the three because they are treated differently to get relief.
Natural Allergy Cure addresses each of these. We often use the term ‘Sinus Allergy’ to discuss a wide array of sinus problems. Though we use this term as a general term, in our articles we try to distinguish between them.
For more information check out our ‘Sinus Allergies‘ page. You can also do a search in the ‘Search Topics‘ sidebar.
The term ‘food allergy’ is also a phrase that is used to describe different things. For example, there is a technical difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance. But the term allergy is used often to describe both.
A food intolerance occurs when the body has difficulty processing certain foods. Dairy products are among the most common.
Food allergies are mitigated by the immune system. It is a response from the body that identifies some food as harmful. It attacks substance as if it was a threat to the body. This can cause problems with digestion, among other issues.
Two things happen with a food allergy.
- First, the body produces a protein antibody called immunoglobulin. This is found in the bloodstream.
- The second thing that happens occurs at the cellular level. Cells in your body tissue call Mast Cells, react to a substance that is identified as a threat.
When food is digested, cells are triggered to release the immunoglobulin in large amounts and attach to the Mast Cells. This signals the body to release histamine and other chemicals.
This can cause fever, hives, swelling, and even asthma.
Source: The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Pet allergies are reactions to a certain protein in your pets skin cells, urine, and saliva.
Most people think the dander, hair or feathers of their pet is the real culprit. But that’s wrong. It’s not their hair, it’s a pesky little protein that your body is overreacting to.
Symptoms of pet allergies vary. Because each individual is unique, so are the symptoms. That’s why it’s important to get a proper diagnosis and find out the exact cause of the reaction.
What About Hypoallergenic Pets?
Contrary to what many people believe or have been told, there is not truly ‘allergy-free pet.’ Some pets may be better than others, but all pets have the protein that irritates those with pet allergies.
Source: Dr. Warner Carr American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.
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What’s the best way to deal with allergies?
- First, if your symptoms are recurrent, it may be necessary to see an allergist or your family doctor isolate what is causing the problem.
- Second, get educated. Knowledge is power. If you arm yourself with the right information you can win the battle with allergies.
- Third, you may need to take some drastic measures to jump-start your system to get it on track. This may mean that if you own a pet, you may need to consider getting rid of it. Or at a minimum, give yourself a break from it.
You may also need to avoid foods that trigger a reaction.
- Forth, don’t lose hope. New studies are done every year that give us new insights into how allergies affect us and what we can do to prevent and treat them.
- Fifth, look for natural remedies, treatments, and approaches before you resort to pharmaceuticals Natural remedies are better for you and usually do more than simply mask a symptom.