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Allergies? | Achieving Health

Allergies?

Are you suffering Spring/Summer allergies?

 

 

Ah yes, allergies… Thanks to the constantly degrading condition of the environment, more and more people are getting chronic allergies. The good news: there are many home remedy cures for chronic allergies! The bad news: they don’t all taste yummy.

 

If you are prone to getting allergies, be careful of over-the-counter and prescription medications. This list can include pain relievers with

Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen and allergy medications. We have discovered that these sinus medications can stress the liver unduly, creating more mucus in the body as the liver fights to detox from the medications. Instead of helping with sinus conditions, these sinus prescriptions actually exacerbate them!

Common allergens include:

  • Food– such as crustaceans, eggs, fish, milk, peanuts, tree nuts (for example, almonds, cashews, pecans and walnuts), sesame and soy products
  • Plants– pollen from grasses and plants
  • Medicines­­ from some prescription drugs (such as penicillin), over-the-counter medicines (such as aspirin) and herbal preparations
  • Insects– such as dust mites and the venom from bees, ticks and wasps
  • Moulds– such as mushroom and mould spores
  • Animal dander– such as the fur and skin flakes from domestic pets like cats and dogs
  • Chemicals – including industrial and household chemicals and chemical products such as latex rubber.

The immune system reaction

Allergy is the result of mistaken identity. An allergen enters the body and is wrongly identified by the immune system as a dangerous substance. In response, the immune system makes an antibody to attack the allergen. These are specific antibodies of the IgE (immunoglobulin E) class.

When an allergen is found, IgE antibodies trigger a cascade of immune system reactions, including the release of chemicals known as mast cell chemicals. These are substances that the body normally uses to destroy micro-organisms. The most common of these is histamine. In small amounts, histamine causes itching and reddening of the local area. In large amounts, the nearby blood vessels become dilated and the area swells with accumulated fluid.

First step in determining what type and the severity of your allergy is to have it tested, we now do simple in-house allergy testing in our clinic.

Once we have the results we can then tailor a plan to manage and treat your allergy so that you can function without fear of having a reaction

Some common in home natural remedies include:

  • Use Saline solution - Irrigating the nose with saline solution (salt water) may help soothe upper respiratory allergies by removing irritants that become lodged in the nose and cause inflammation. In fact, saline solution may even wash away some of the inflammatory cells themselves.
 
  • Wash- If you’ve spent long hours outdoors during the pollen season, wash your hair to remove pollen after you come inside. The sticky yellow stuff tends to collect on the hair, making it more likely to fall into your eyes.If you wake up in the middle of the night with a coughing, sneezing allergy attack, a hot shower may wash off any pollen residues you’ve collected on your body throughout the day. (You might want to change your pillowcase, too.) It may also help open up your sinuses, at least for a while, making breathing a little easier. The warm water may even help you relax and go back to sleep.
 
  • Drink Peppermint Tea- Allergy sufferers throughout the centuries have turned to hot tea to provide relief for clogged-up noses and irritated mucous membranes, and one of the best for symptom relief is peppermint tea. Peppermint’s benefits extend well beyond its delicious smell; the essential oil acts as a decongestant, and substances in peppermint contain anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial constituents.To make peppermint tea: Place 1/2 ounce dried peppermint leaves in a 1-quart jar. Fill two-thirds of the jar with boiling water, and steep for five minutes. (You can inhale the steam for added benefit). Let cool, strain, sweeten if desired, and drink. (Note: Peppermint tea should be used with caution in children, as the menthol in peppermint may cause them to choke.)
 
  • Steam your face- Breathing steam refreshes and soothes irritated sinuses, and it helps rid the nasal passages of mucus. While it takes some time, it will make you feel wonderful! Boil several cups of water and pour into a big bowl (or a plugged sink). Lean carefully over the bowl, and drape a towel over your head. Breathe gently for 5 to 10 minutes.When you’re finished breathing steam, use the water for a second purpose: Let the water cool until warm, saturate a washcloth, and hold the cloth on your sinuses (to the sides of your nose, below the eyes, and above the eyebrows).
 
  • Dehumidify - Dust mites love a humid environment, which allows them to reproduce like crazy. Invest in a dehumidifier or use an air conditioner, which works equally well. A dehumidifier can also help prevent mold, another allergen, from growing (just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions). When cooking or showering, take advantage of the exhaust fan, another way to help keep humidity to a minimum.
 
  • Wasabi- If you’re a hay fever sufferer who also loves Japanese food, this remedy will please. Wasabi, that pale-green, fiery condiment served with many Japanese dishes, is a member of the horseradish family. Anyone who has taken too big a dollop of wasabi (or plain old horseradish) knows that it makes sinuses and tear ducts spring into action. That’s because allyl isothiocyanate, a constituent in wasabi, promotes mucus flow.The tastiest way to get those allyl isothiocyanates is by slathering horseradish on your sandwich or plopping wasabi onto your favorite sushi. Another option — although harder to swallow — is to purchase grated horseradish, and take 1/4 teaspoon to alleviate allergy symptoms.

If you would like some ongoing relief from Allergies, please contact us as we now do in-house allergy testing and can then design a treatment plan specific to your needs.

Contact us on 07 5554 6255 or info@achievinghealth.com.au

           

     


3 Comments to “Allergies?”

  1. I never read whole articles but the way you wrote this information is simply amazing and this kept my interest in reading and I enjoyed it.

  2. I have a sinus infection and an upper respiratory infection. I might also have a double ear infection. don’t know haven’t been to the Dr yet. It’s all the dust that blows here in NM.

  3. if you have allergies, it is good to have immediate remedies at home.

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