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Did You Know That Natural Herbs And Vitamins Will Help With Allergy Relief?

By Mayur Vibhakar

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergic

diseases. A recent nationwide survey found that more than

half (54.6 percent) of all U.S citizens test positive to

one or more allergens; among specific allergens, dust mite,

rye, ragweed, or cockroach caused sensitization in

approximately 25 percent of the population.

This article will provide tips for allergy relief. The

information covered below will address the following

questions:

1.Why do we develop allergies?

2.What causes allergies?

3.Allergy symptoms

3.Tips to obtain allergy relief

4.Herbs, vitamins & supplements

Most individuals with allergies are not sensitive to just

one substance but a host of them. There is an endless list

of allergy causing substances present in our food, drinks,

the air, and the clothes we wear to name a few examples

that can trigger an allergic reaction.

Why do we develop allergies?

The exact cause of allergic reactions is still under

debate. Heredity seems to play an important role according

to some researchers and being exposed to allergens at

certain times when the body's defenses are low or weak,

such as after a viral infection or during pregnancy, also

may contribute to the development of allergies. Allergies

are the immune system's exaggerated response to a foreign

substance. Exposure to what is normally a harmless

substance, such as pollen, causes the immune system to

react as if the substance is harmful. Substances that cause

allergies are called allergens.

What causes allergies?

Allergies may be caused by any of the following. NOTE:

this is just a partial list; there are countless substances

that may cause an allergic reaction. The only way for

someone to know whether they're allergic to a particular

substance is to get tested by an allergist.

1.Mold

2.Animal Dander

3.Latex

4.Certain Foods (EX: Nuts)

5.Insect Venom

6.Medications (EX: Penicillin)

7.Pollen

8.Dust Mites

What are allergy symptoms?

Allergy symptoms can be categorized as mild, moderate or

severe (anaphylactic).

Mild reactions include local symptoms (affecting a

specific area of the body) such as a rash or hives; itchy,

watery eyes; and nasal congestion. Mild reactions do not

spread to other parts of the body.

Moderate reactions include symptoms that spread to other

parts of the body. Symptoms may include itchiness that

spreads or difficulty breathing.

A severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis, is a

life-threatening emergency in which the body's

response to the allergen is sudden and affects the whole

body (systemic). Anaphylaxis may begin with severe itching

of the eyes or face and within minutes progresses to more

serious symptoms including swelling, which could result in

difficulty swallowing and breathing; abdominal pain;

cramps; vomiting; diarrhea; hives; and angioedema (hives in

the throat). Mental confusion or dizziness also may be

symptoms, since anaphylaxis causes a quick drop in blood

pressure.

Tips to obtain allergy relief

Dust often to control mites - By dusting surfaces and

washing bedding often, you can control the amount of dust

mites in your home.

Vacuum often - Although cleaning can sometimes trigger

allergic reactions, with dust in the air, vacuuming once or

twice a week will reduce the surface dust mites. Wear a

mask when doing housework and consider leaving for a few

hours after you clean to avoid allergens in the air. You

can also make sure your vacuum has an air filter to capture

dust.

Reduce pet dander - If you have allergies, you should

avoid pets with feathers or fur like birds, dogs and cats.

Animal saliva and dead skin, or pet dander, can cause

allergic reactions.

Avoid pollen - Keep windows and doors closed. Use an air

filter and clean it regularly or run the air conditioner

and change the filter often.

Avoid mold - Mold spores grow in moist areas. If you

reduce the moisture in the bathroom and kitchen, you will

reduce the mold. Clean moldy surfaces. Dehumidifiers will

also help reduce mold.

Herbs, Vitamins & Supplements

Herbs, vitamins and other supplements can help by boosting

the immune system and/or provide allergy relief.

Herbs that may help by boosting the immune system

1. Echinacea

2. Garlic

Vitamins that may help by boosting the immune system

1.Vitamin A

2.Vitamin C - Very effective at fighting allergies. It is

a powerful antioxidant. It promotes immune functions and

is natural anti-histamine.

3 Vitamin E - It fights allergies. It is a potent

intercellular anti-oxidant.

4.Green tea - Contains EGCG, a potent antioxidant more

powerful than vitamin C & E

Other supplements

(1) Bioflavonoids such as Quercetin work well with

Vitamin C as an anti-histamine to tackle allergens.

Obtaining allergy relief involves a 2 pronged attack.

1. Avoid allergy triggers such as the one's mentioned above

2. Boost the immune system by using herbs, vitamins and

supplements

If the above don't work than medications such as

antihistamines, decongestants or a combination of both are

available over-the-counter or by prescription to treat

allergy symptoms. Nasal sprays such as topical nasal

steroids and cromolyn sodium also can be used to treat

allergy symptoms. Immunotherapy and allergy shots are

recommended for relief needed over a long period of time.

Obtaining allergy relief through natural means such as

taking the herbs and vitamins recommended above is the best

route to take without incurring side effects, however, if

the allergy is severe and debilitating than prescription or

over the counter medications may be needed. PREVENTION IS

THE BEST MEDICINE., Keep your immune system healthy so

chances of developing disease are reduced.

(c)Mayur Vibhakar - All rights reserved.

About The Author
Mayur Vibhakar is a health professional and editor of

innervibrance.com, a site dedicated to achieving optimal

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