Whether you have seasonal or food allergies, living with any allergy can be difficult. An allergy is when the body has an adverse immune response to a particular substance. The immune system considers normally harmless substances as a threat and produces antibodies to attack and eliminate the threat. The antibodies that are produced are specific to each allergen. This explains why someone can be allergic to one type of pollen but not another.
Depending on the person and the allergen, the symptoms one might experience could include skin rash, respiratory issues and gastrointestinal disturbances. The severity of the response can also be affected by other factors such as hormones, stress, smoke, perfume, or other environmental factors.
If you need relief from the symptoms of seasonal allergies such as runny nose, watery eyes and even a sore throat, consider Green Tea as a natural antihistamine. Additional therapies to consider to clear a stuffy nose is to add hot spices such as cayenne pepper to start things flowing or trying acupuncture to help with sneezing, watering and puffy eyes. Finally, nasal hygiene is important during allergy season. You can try a saline sinus rinse to provide temporary relief of sinus congestion.
For those that have a difficult time with managing the symptoms, allergy testing is also available to identify the specific allergens. Once identified, other customized treatment options may be available such as amino acids or customized peptide injections which can provide
Food allergies can be more difficult to live due to the gastrointestinal symptoms associated with them and in severe cases it can result in anaphylaxis. Many allopathic physicians will use the process of elimination to uncover the allergen culprit when the symptoms are not severe. This approach can take time and dedication with daily food logs and continual monitoring for symptoms as foods are gradually reintroduced to your diet. Food allergy and sensitivity blood tests are another approach that can identify many of the common foods that create an abnormal immune response. Some comprehensive tests can check over 100 different foods commonly found in the Western diet for allergens and sensitivities.
Some of the most common allergies are related to:
Once a food has been identified, the most common treatment is to avoid the food by eliminating it from your diet. In addition, because allergies are related to the immune system and 70% of your immune system is in the gut, a high quality prebiotic, probiotic can help as well as adding fermented foods to your diet.
If you suffer from any type of allergy, talk to your physician for testing and treatment options, because it’s important to rule out other possible underlying issues. Although physician practice philosophies vary, we believe in a personal ecological approach for all patients. Personalized medicine provides the best treatment options for you based on YOUR test levels and symptoms. The most common treatment for allergies may not always be the best treatment for you. You are one of a kind and only a personalized, ecological approach considers the interconnectedness of the entire body system when treating a patient.
National Institute of Health