Treating Allergies Naturally


Are you suffering from an allergy? Did you know that there are over 100 million people who suffer from some type of allergies?
  • There are number of allergic disorders that can cause a person to experience a decreased quality of life. I have tried to talk about different allergies and recommended natural remedies and cure. Let us learn about common allergies disorders. Some of these common allergies disorders include:

  • Atopic Dermatitis

    A chronic inflammatory skin disorder that both children and adults are affected by is ‘Atopic Dermatitis’ or AD for short. According to researched cases many children are vulnerable to develop AD quite early in their lives (5). Healthy human skin serves as barrier for most microbes. However, AD reduces the skin’s ability to act as an effective barrier. Various allergens and microbes are able to enter the skin when important skin lipids are lost from the top of the skin. The loss of lipids leads to a loss of skin moisture and the skin starts to become cracked and dry. Rashes caused by AD normally appear on a person’s cheeks, neck, face, scalp, forearms, inner elbows, and behind the knees. These rashes can be seen as patches of skin that are scaly, itchy, and dry. There are also outside factors that play a role in making AD symptoms worse such as irritants, humidity, temperature, food, infections, contact allergens, and inhalants. Even emotional stress has been found to make the condition worse (6). Due to AD being a skin condition, and an irritating one at that, it can play a negative role in personality development. AD is also known to negatively affect the patients and family’s quality of life.

    Asthma

    Airway inflammation, airflow obstruction, and hyper responsiveness characterize the chronic inflammatory aliment called ‘Asthma’. This ailment leads to the muscles that surround the airways to tighten, and the inner lining of the airways to become inflamed. Thick mucus begins to be secreted by the mucus glands present in the airways. All of these things lead to a person experiencing difficulty in breathing due to the narrowing of the airway. It also gives rise of coughing and wheezing. Factors such as genetics, viral upper respiratory infections, food, exercise, pollution, pollen, etc. play a role in asthma attacks as well as their severity.

    Allergic Rhinitis

    Indoor and outdoor allergens such as dust, molds, animal hair, feathers, and pollen can cause the lining of the eyes and the nose to experience inflammation. Such inflammation is known as ‘Allergic Rhinitis’.The ailment is further classified into two types. The classification is done on the basis of the allergen. The two classifications are ‘perennial’ and ‘seasonal’. Perennial occurs year round while seasonal occurs in specific seasons (as the name implies). Patients have been known to show response to both. It has also been studied that symptoms can last anywhere between 4 to 9 months (7). Symptoms include stuffy nose, teary eyes, sneezing, and an itchy throat, skin, or nose. These symptoms are a cause of sensitization and subsequent exposure to the allergens (7). People who suffer from this ailment are also vulnerable to asthma, and sometimes have atopic dermatitis as well. Psychological studies have shown this allergic disorder to hinder social interactions and productivity (5).

    Food Allergy

    Allergies to food occur in a human being when the body’s immune system ends up identifying food particles as foreign invaders. The symptoms include tightening of the throat, coughing, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, problems with breathing properly, and the appearance of rashes or hives. In severe cases food allergy can also give rise to anaphylaxis. These symptoms can occur if a person happens to have ingested the food, inhaled it, or even came into contact with it. Reactions can be immediate, occurring in minutes or in a few hours, or they can be delayed and take days to occur. Common food items that people are allergic to include peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, seafood, corn, wheat, and dairy products.

    Food Intolerance

    A person’s body showing some sort of intolerance to food isn’t categorized as true allergies. It occurs when a person’s body is unable to digest a food item in the proper manner. Symptoms include stomach pain, heartburn, bloating, cramps, diarrhea, gas, and vomiting (10). The common food intolerances that people experience happen to be towards gluten and lactose. However, some people can show symptoms of food intolerance towards additives, preservatives, and food coloring. While intolerance to certain food products can develop at any age, it is quite common in children and infants. Adults that don’t have a proper immune response (due to stress, poor nutrition, or illness) can show symptoms as well.Allergic disorders really are an annoyance for people. However, keep in mind they can be treated through proper methods.

    Natural Remedies and Cure for Allergies



  • Nature has a wide variety of products that can be used to cure allergies naturally. Some of the remedies for treating allergies naturally include:

    Fish Oil
    The Omega‐3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are present in fish oil. Both DHA and EPA are capable of reducing inflammation that lead to allergies.

    Probiotics
    The microflora found in the human gut is naturally maintained by various microorganisms. These ‘beneficial bacteria’ include Bacillus coagulans, Lactobacilli, Bifidobacteria, and Saccharomyces boulardii. These microorganisms are important when it comes to maintaining a healthy immune system. They help with aiding digestion, absorption of food and nutrients, and offer protection against harmful microbes.

    Vitamin C
    For those of you who might now know, vitamin C is a natural antihistamine. It helps with reducing the frequency of asthma, and can relieve its severity. It has also been found to be useful in relieving symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Cells are offered protection against reactive oxygen species that are known to cause tissue damage and various diseases due to ascorbic acid being an antioxidant.

    Vitamin D

    This vitamin helps in the proper functioning of the immune system. It is also a vitamin that is essential for the overall good health of the body. It also possesses anti‐inflammatory properties.

  • Magnesium
    Cells of the body are able to properly metabolize energy and synthesize protein because of magnesium. Lung functioning can be improved by magnesium, and the severity of asthma attacks can also be reduced.

    Butterbur
    Traditional Chinese medicine has been using butterbur for centuries. It is a year round shrub which has been scientifically named as Petasites hybridus. It has been used as treatment for migraines, gastric ulcers, bronchitis, and asthma. There are scientific studies that prove the shrub can be used as an effective treatment against seasonal allergic rhinitis.

    Quercetin
    A variety of food items such as green tea, red wine, black tea, broccoli, onions, apples, and grapes possess quercetin (a common flavonoid). The causative agent of allergy symptoms such as watery eyes, and runny nose, called histamine has been shown to stop production due to quercetin. It also has anti‐inflammatory properties.    

    Stinging Nettle
    Due to the plant having fine hairs that produce chemicals that cause itchiness or numbness on contact with its stings, Utrica diocia, got the name stinging nettle. It has been studied that chemicals produced by the plant are able to ease the pain if they come in contact with a painful portion of the body. Through history it has been recorded that the plant has been used to treat arthritis, pain in muscle and joints, and even eczema. Currently, the plant is being used for treatment of allergic rhinitis as well as other allergies.

    What to Do?


    If a person has been paying attention while reading this post they would realize that the mentioned allergies have one thing in common and that is inflammation. Most chronic diseases have been known to have inflammation as their basis. It is recommended for a person suffering from such allergies to consult a good nutritionist. A qualified nutritionist can help a person identify the cause of allergy and then make a plan to move forward for treatment as well as future prevention. A lot of people who have suffered from allergies in the past now live a content life because of a diet that has been personally tailored for them.

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