Do you have frequent itchy or watery eyes, a runny and congested nose, sinus infections, sneezing episodes, difficulty breathing, a cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma, vomiting, rapid heart rate and/or skin rashes?
All of the above symptoms can be related to allergies!
Other symptoms you may be experiencing that are not as obvious: exhaustion, constipation or diarrhea, cramps, bloating and/or mood changes.
What Are Allergens And How Does The Body Respond?
Allergens are substances that the body does not recognize and, therefore, cause an allergic reaction. Allergies are a result of our physiological and biochemical interactions with the world around us.
Our body's immune system is designed to correctly identify and differentiate between self and non-self, that is, what our body needs and what it is foreign to. When the body encounters foreign substances, it reacts by making antibodies to the allergy and releases a chemical called histamine into the blood. The histamine release is what causes the symptoms mentioned above.
Naturally, it is appropriate for us to make protective antibodies against infectious organisms, chemicals, and other foreign substances such as pollen, mold, animal hair, dust, and foods. All of these have protein antigens that stimulate an antibody response in our bodies.
What Triggers Allergies?
Allergies can be triggered from various substances as mentioned below. The problem arises when we have an inappropriate response, or "hyper-response." At this point, the antibodies attach to antigens and cause a variety of internal responses. Mast cells release histamine and other chemicals are released into the blood causing an inflammatory reaction. These reactions can affect all tissues and organs, but mainly the skin, mucous membranes, lungs and the digestive system.
What Are Some Common Allergens?
- Fall and spring pollen producing plants - ragweed
- Tree nut allergy
- Peanut allergy
- Egg allergy
- Dairy allergy
- Wheat allergy
- Shellfish allergy
- Fish allergy
- Corn allergy
- Seed allergy
- Insect stings - honeybees, bumblebees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets, or fire ants
- Dust mite allergy
- Mold allergy
- Chemical allergy
- Latex allergy
How Can Natural Medicine Help?
Natural medicine and healing the body can do wonders for allergy relief. Here are 8 simple steps to allergy relief:
- Strengthen the immune system
- Balance vitamin and mineral levels
- Nutritional changes to adjust nutrient deficiencies
- Hydrate the body with water or herbal teas
- Sleep cycle
- Decrease stress levels
- Remove toxicity with specific therapeutic treatments based on the patients imbalances:
The body can heal itself on many levels. Dr. Donahue will work with you on a specific treatment plan tailored to your healing. She will figure out what allergens are causing symptoms, create a nutrition plan, prescribe appropriate levels of vitamins and minerals for your body, and review sleep, hydration, stress levels and exercise as part of your overall treatment plan. At the close of the visit, you will receive a personal wellness guide that you will be asked to follow for the next 3 months until you meet for your return office call.
What Are 12 Types Of Natural Medicines Used To Treat Allergy Symptoms?
- Adrenal tonic
- Lifestyle medicine
At Cura' Naturale Therapeutic Healing, we want to help provide you allergy relief as soon as possible with our expertise and knowledge. Multiple factors can contribute to allergy symptoms and each allergy patient is unique. If you want either symptom relief or deeper healing, we suggest scheduling an appointment at Cura' Naturale Therapeutic Healing to find out what foods, herbs, or remedies work best to get relief with your current signs and symptoms.
Dr. Donahue wants to provide you steps to healthy living! Call us at 603-742-4114.