Allergies are adverse immune system reactions to a substance that would normally be considered harmless.
Causes of Allergies
Allergic reactions are caused by exposure to allergens. An allergen is a protein that the body judges to be foreign and dangerous. Possible allergens include specific foods, environmental toxins, pollens, molds, mites, animal dander and a host of other irritants. Once exposed to an allergen, the immune system releases specific antibodies to destroy the enemy allergen, setting in motion a complex series of events involving many biochemicals. These chemicals then produce inflammation or other symptoms of an allergy response. Allergic responses can range from mild to severe, where prompt professional medical advice may be required.
Allergic Reaction Symptoms
Common symptoms of a typical allergic reaction include breathing congestion, inflamed, bloodshot, or scratchy eyes, watery eye, tears, sneezing, coughing, itching, nosebleeds, puffy face, flushing of the cheeks, dark circles under the eyes, runny nose, swelling, hives, vomiting, stomachache, and intestinal irritation or swelling. More severe reactions include constriction of the bronchial tubes (asthma) and difficulty breathing or even anaphylactic shock, which can be fatal if not treated in time.
Allergies can also result in digestive stress, gas, and indigestion. Sensitive people may feel irritation on their tongue or mouth.
Living with Allergies
Overall, the underlying causes of allergy and sensitivity are dietary and lifestyle factors specifically titled as imbalanced immune function, barrier function default (such as “leaky gut” syndrome), and toxic overload. Each of these are, in varying degrees, responsible for the development and continuation of allergy and sensitivity.
We have posted on diet and home remedies for allergies in the past. Additionally, there are natural alternatives for allergies that do not involve the use of pharmaceutical drugs. The Natural Product website will show you how you can address your allergies naturally, and well as to show you how you can make lifestyle changes that will improve your general health.