The Basics on Allergies
Allergies affect a person’s skin by causing swelling, itchiness, and redness. There are two types of allergies that can cause these symptoms: environmental allergies and food allergies. Environmental allergens such as pollen from trees or grasses, animal dander from pets such as cats or dogs, mold spores from the air or water in your home or workplace can sometimes be felt as dry itchy eyes, sneezing attacks, nasal congestion and scratchy throats. In contrast to environmental allergens which come from outside the body, food allergens take place when a person has an allergic reaction to certain foods.
How to Know if You Have an Allergy or Not
Sometimes it is difficult to identify what is causing a certain reaction. An allergic reaction can be caused by many things such as food, insect bites, plants, latex gloves and more. The most common type of allergies affect the skin and respiratory system but there are a variety of other types that affect different body parts or functions such as the circulatory system or nervous system. This can lead to confusion and frustration. Allergies are immune system reactions from exposure to certain substances. These substances are known as allergens. Reactions may range from minor skin irritation to severe breathing trouble or even death in some cases.
The first step a doctor will take to diagnose a food allergy is to ask you a series of questions about your diet and any symptoms that you have been experiencing. The doctor will then conduct a physical examination. If the doctor suspects that you have an allergy, they may conduct more tests such as skin tests, blood tests, or elimination diets.
Some common food allergies are eggs, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish (crustacean), soy, milk (dairy), wheat (gluten).
What are the Top 5 Allergy Symptoms & Signs?
Allergies happen when a person’s immune system mistakenly reacts to a substance that is usually harmless. The substance can be something in the environment such as pollen from trees and grasses, molds from house dust or pet dander from animals.
In this section, we will explore the top five allergy symptoms and signs.
- Sneezing: Sneezing is a common allergic reaction that happens when someone breathes in a foreign substance.
- Runny nose: A runny nose is a sign of an allergic inflammation in the nasal mucous membrane lining the inside of the nose, which causes it to become inflamed and produce too much mucous or produce mucous at a faster pace than usual.
- Itchy throat: An itchy throat is caused by an allergic reaction to allergens such as pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander, or insect stings that reach the throat through inhalation or swallowing following a cough or sneeze.
- Itchy eyes: Itchy eyes are caused by allergies. Your body releases histamine in response to an allergen to create an itchy feeling. The most common causes of eye allergies are pollen, pet hair, mold, and dust mites.
- Skin rash: Skin rash allergic reactions can happen in a variety of ways, but they all have in common the body’s immune system becoming oversensitive and sending out signals to fight something that is not dangerous.
On the skin, these symptoms may show up as:
Different Types of Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction – And What They Mean for You
Allergies are one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States. It affects about 35 million people, or about 10% of the population, and is a leading cause of illness among children.
You may have a more severe allergic reaction with symptoms such as wheezing or difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, chest pain and tightness in the chest, lightheadedness and dizziness, fainting spells followed by rapid recovery periods. In some cases you could have anaphylaxis which is an extreme form of allergic reactions characterized by serious symptoms such as trouble breathing or swallowing.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Different Types of Allergies – Pollen-Related & Food-Related
Pollen allergies are caused by the pollen from various types of flowers, weeds, and trees. Symptoms may include hay fever, sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose or a scratchy throat. Pollen allergy treatment is best provided by a physician who can prescribe antihistamines and other medications to alleviate the symptoms. Natural remedies can also help to reduce pollen exposure and relieve allergic reactions. People with pollen allergies can take antihistamines or corticosteroids, or they can try immunotherapy. The latter involves exposing people to low doses of the allergen over time, to help them build immunity.
Food allergies are caused by consumption of certain foods that contain an allergen such as eggs or milk products. Symptoms may include diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting or other digestive problems among other things. Treatment for food allergies would be avoidance of the food triggering the reaction in most cases but there are also treatments like immunotherapy which use small amounts of the allergen to build up immunity. If a person has a severe food allergy, they may need to go on a special diet and carry an EpiPen for emergencies.
Conclusion: Top Ways You Can Cure Your Allergies Naturally
Many people suffer from allergies and there is no cure for it. But you can try out some natural remedies to help cure your allergies. Here are some of the most popular ways you can do so:
This is a very popular option for curing your allergies. You can easily find remedies in any homeopathic store. They use natural ingredients to produce the pills which will help in curing your allergies and asthma. Some of the most common homeopathic remedies for this condition include:
Allium cepa is one of the most popular homeopathic remedies for allergies.
It is a fast-acting and easy-to-use homeopathic remedy for treating hay fever and other types of allergies, such as conjunctivitis, allergic rhinitis and insect bites.
Allium cepa can be used in various forms: tablets, nasal sprays, eye drops or nasal solutions. These preparations can be bought in any health food store or pharmacy without a prescription needed. It should be noted that this remedy must not be used by pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers.
Allium sativum is a common herb that grows in the wild and can be found around the Mediterranean, North America and China.
The leaves of this plant are used as a homeopathic remedy for those who suffer from allergies. It is also believed to help those who suffer from vertigo, ringing in the ears and deafness.
Allium sativum is known to have a strong scent. This herb has been documented since ancient times for its healing properties and has been studied extensively by scientists across the world, mainly due to its use as a homeopathic remedy for allergies.
Antimonium tartaricum is a homeopathic remedy that can be used to treat allergies.
It is indicated for allergies that extend to the nose and eyes, and may include sneezing and running nose with watery discharge.
Aqua ammonia is homeopathic remedy for allergies that helps with symptoms such as watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, itchy throat, and restlessness. It also reduces sinus congestion and helps with nasal discharge due to colds or other illnesses. The active ingredient in this medication is ammonia that has been diluted multiple times with distilled water until it has no detectable substance left in it. This medication does not contain any other substance that would cause side effects because it is homeopathic remedy for allergies.
Belladonna is an herbaceous plant that has been used as a homeopathic remedy for centuries. Its homeopathic name is Atropa Belladona and it’s also commonly called deadly nightshade, devil’s cherry, or death cherries.
Its use as an allergen treatment comes from the fact that it contains atropine which is known for its anti-allergy properties. Atropine does this by suppressing histamine release which causes the inflammation and swelling in the airways that cause allergy symptoms.
Bryonia is commonly used for allergies. It is one of the most common homeopathic remedies for allergies, and it can be used in both acute and chronic cases.
Cactus grandiflorus is used for treating allergic rhinitis and other inflammatory conditions of the respiratory system. It is also used for sinusitis, hay fever, chronic coughs, colds, bronchitis and asthma.
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