You must have battled an allergy.
Or maybe you had someone say that they have an allergy towards dust, pollen grains, pet dander, bee sting or even food.
Maybe it got you wondering.
What the heck is this allergy that you are talking about?
What is the body physiology that reacts to allergic things.
Well, you are lucky because we shall look into all those things.
Other than looking at what are allergies and causes, we shall also look at tips to avoid or even cure allergies.
So, sit tight and read through.
What are allergies?
An allergy is a damaging immune response by the body to a substance, especially a certain food, pollen, fur, or dust, to which it has become an extreme sensitivity to particular substances or situations.
What causes allergies?
An allergy starts when your immune system mistakes a normally harmless substance to a dangerous attacker. The immune system then produces antibodies that remain on the alert for that particular allergen. When you’re exposed to the allergen o’er, these antibodies can release a number of immune system chemicals, such as histamine, that cause allergy signs. Histamine is an organic compound involved in native immune reactions and physiological function in the gut and acting as a neurotransmitter for the brain, spinal cord and uterus.
Common allergy triggers include the following:
· Airborne allergens, such as pollen, animal dander, dust and mold.
· Certain foods, particularly peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, eggs and milk.
· Insect stings, from a bee or a wasp
· Medications, penicillin or penicillin based antibiotics
· Latex or substances you touch, which can cause allergic reactions to the skin.
You might also be likely to develop an allergy if:
· You have a family history of asthma or different types of allergies e.g. hay fever, hives or eczema.
· You are a child
· Have asthma or any other allergic condition
Types of allergies
There are different ways you can tell if you have an allergic reaction to medicine hives and anaphylaxis being most of the common signs. A drug allergy is being experienced by some of the following symptoms.
· Vomiting and diarrhea
· Decrease in blood pressure
· Facial swelling
Insect sting allergy
The type of bug you may be allergic to can range from stinging to biting insects, such as bees and mosquitoes. A sting or a bite will have its natural side effect and for an allergic person it will also cause you to display typical allergic symptoms. It is also likely to last longer than few days.
An insect sting allergy can cause one of the following:
· A large area of swelling (edema) at the sting site
· Itching or hives all over the body
· Wheezing or shortness of breath
Latex is a type of rubber used to create items such as rubber bands, balloons, condoms, gloves, etc. If you get into contact with this items and get complications such as skin redness, itchiness, rashes, this is to show that you may be allergic to latex.
This allergies occur due to individual’s immune system making an antibody which clashes with certain foods. This can lead to symptoms such as itching in the mouth, swelling dizziness vomiting, hives, and rashes. Such types of foods include peanut, eggs, milk, meat, etc.
Dust is an irritant that most people are allergic to. Allergies caused by dust are such as sneezing, itchy eyes, coughing, and other cold like symptoms.
Tips on getting rid of allergies
Cleansing the nose
Try cleansing the nose with a sinus, irrigator or nasal oils since pollens adhere to our mucus membranes. While at work maybe in a yard or a dusty place you can also try to work with your mask put on to cover your mouth and nose. This will minimize the rate of you smelling chemicals or trapping dust directly with the nose.
Research has shown out that people who eat healthy fresh vegetables and fruits have a low risk of getting allergic symptoms. This shows that a healthy diet is good for your body’s immunity. I recommend that you add at least a fresh fruit or vegetable to your every meal. Detox the body by eliminating fried foods, sugar and other toxins from your diet.
Drink water regularly
Taking a lot of water can ease the rate of you being allergic. Warm water also has an added advantage since it can thin the mucus passage in your nasal passage. Water will also make you reduce the stuffiness. You can also inhale some steam to ease a stuffy nose.
Try making natural cleaners in your everyday ingredients, this will reduce the rate of harsh chemicals irritating your nose. Use air purifiers that have HEPA filters to trap all sorts of allergens.
The Honeywell hpa 300 would be a good fit for example since it has true hepa filters
If pollen count is high, you can keep your doors and windows shut to protect indoor air.
Try to make a point of knowing your triggers, take a skin test so you can know your triggers and later make a plan to avoid them. Butterbur is considered a good herb for people who are allergenic. Quercetin is a nutrient found in onions, apples and black tea that research has shown to block the release of histamine. Releasing stress on the nervous system permits the immune system function more effectively. Apple cider vinegar also boosts the immune system by breaking up mucus and lymphatic drainage.