How to Get Rid of Allergy at Home Naturally
Do you find the word ‘allergy’ being used very often for describing some of the symptoms you exhibit from time to time? If you have a cold you are told it is an allergic cold, and if you have a rash on your skin also you are told the same thing. So what exactly then, is allergy, what are its causes, and how to you treat the various types of allergy you are faced with every now and then? Do you need to see a doctor every time such symptoms occur? The answer is Indeed No – there are several natural ways in which you can get rid of the symptoms of various allergies and there is no need to go for costly medicines to alleviate these. But first let us find out more about allergies.
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There are various types of allergens, and accordingly, an allergic reaction can occur anywhere in the body. Some of these occur only in one part of the body, whereas others can be widespread and affect several systems of the body. By and large, it is the skin where most allergic reactions appear – in the form of rash, hives, swelling, itchiness, redness, or bumps. Other common symptoms are stuffy nose, rhinitis, redness or watering of the eyes, sneezing, sore throat or headache. Sometimes, a person can suffer nausea and vomiting, or diarrhoea, or stomach-ache. It all depends on the allergen and the affected person.
At times, if the allergic reaction is severe, the person may suddenly become pale, sweaty and unconscious, with the BP dropping to dangerously low levels.
Such situations can be life-threatening, and immediate medical care is required.
Allergies, or allergic reactions are caused when our immune system mistakes an allergen (harmless substance) for an antigen or harmful foreign body, and produces antibodies which are sent into the bloodstream, to combat it. i.e., the oversensitivity of the immune system to foreign bodies causes an allergic reaction. In the case of allergens, the antibody produced is called immunoglobin E which further forms mediators, eg. Histamines, whose reaction with the tissues of the various organs, is what we commonly know as allergy.
Dust, smoke, mites, pollen etc are commonly known causes of allergy. Certain food items can also cause allergy – some of them being peanuts, dairy products, shellfish, and wheat. Some medications eg. Penicillin, can give allergic reactions: Insect bites are another source of allergy.
Most persons who experience allergic reactions are aware as to what triggers such reactions in them. It is a good idea to make a study of this aspect if not already done.
Once the individual’s allergy triggers are identified, it should not be difficult to avoid a reaction provided a little care is taken to keep away from the trigger.
If you are sensitive to environmental pollutants, try not to breathe these in as far as possible, by covering your nose when in such an atmosphere. Use an air conditioner whenever possible in such environments. Try not to be outdoors too long during the season when there is a lot of pollen in the air. Also, vacuum your carpets, keep mattresses clean, and stay away from cigarette smokers.
If you have identified your food allergy trigger, the solution lies in staying away from such foods. In general, it is best to have freshly cooked warm food rather than stored food directly from the fridge.
Butterbur tablets, made from the powder of the roots of the herb, are a good natural remedy free of antihistamines and widely used for treatment of allergies of all kinds.
Lime taken in lukewarm water with a little honey in the morning, is a good remedy for intestinal allergies. For this type of allergy, carrot juice is also considered useful.
Pure, unadulterated green tea, 1 – 3 cups a day, is another good remedy for allergies causing symptoms such as sneezing, wheezing, coughing, etc.
High doses of Vitamin C strengthen the immune system, and helps in giving relief from the symptoms of allergies.
Unless the allergic reaction is very severe, it is quite simple to treat it with natural remedies. For still more details on such remedies, do get in touch with a Professional Natural Therapist.