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Why Not Try Acupuncture for the Relief of Allergic Reactions

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Most of the time when a person is hypersensitive to certain health conditions or objects, the end result is an allergic reaction to a health condition or object. It is believed that no two persons will experience similar symptoms for the same kind of allergy.

Some of the symptoms that usually manifest during an allergic reaction include:

-Breathing difficulties
-Skin irritation
-Watery eyes

If you are suffering from an allergic reaction the best thing to do is to go to a doctor and have yourself examined. The doctor will diagnose your problem and determine the best plan of treatment for it. You also need to be aware of the environmental and food factors that trigger your allergy in order to avoid them.

Acupuncture is One Treatment Option for Allergies in Portland

Acupuncture for the treatment of allergies is growing in popularity due to its safeness and effectiveness in treating allergies. However, this is not the only natural alternative treatment you can avail of. Homeopathic medicine and even yoga has been shown to help relieve allergy symptoms, as well. By far, though, the best of these is still acupuncture when it comes to potency and results.

Acupuncturists will more often than not integrate other aspects of Chinese medicine into an acupuncture treatment to help make the results much better and long lasting. Choosing acupuncture makes sense. it is a natural form of treatment that does not have risky and unwanted side effects.

Your acupuncturist will first observe your symptoms and then determine a plan of treatment customized to meet your needs. This is important because each person has his/her own unique constitution and symptoms and one treatment for one will not work for the other even if both of them have the same condition.

At the very least, your acupuncturist will modify treatment to target the root cause of your allergy instead of resolving the symptoms alone.

Knowing the right acupuncture points to be needled is vital in order for the patient to get the right results. The correct depth and direction in which the needles are to be inserted needs to be also determined by the practitioner.

In the treatment of allergies, an acupuncture session may last for around 20 minutes to a full hour. The duration of treatment will depend on how well your body responds to the treatment.

Treatment of allergies using acupuncture is usually the surest and safest choice one can make for the treatment of allergies related to environmental allergens, bronchitis, skin condition or food.

Written by Valerie

March 14th, 2015 at 3:52 am

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Allergic Reactions Risk Factors

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There are three factors that heighten your likelihood to develop an allergic reaction. The three factors are upper respiratory infections, the immediate environment and genetics.

A child with a parent that is allergic to a certain material/substance will have a 30% to 50% chance of inheriting his parent’s likelihood to be allergic although surprisingly, the child may not necessarily acquire his parent’s specific type of allergy. The child has a high likelihood to inherit a tendency to have allergies.

Early contact to potential allergens, like cigarette smoke, or dog or cat dander are very much agents that increase a person’s risk to develop allergies.

If both a child’s parents have allergies, the child has a high likelihood (60% to 80%) to develop allergies. Identical twins may share a lot of characteristics but they only have 25% to 50% likelihood to share similar types of allergy. If both parents have no allergic reactions, the likelihood of their child developing allergic reactions is only around 10%.

Heredity definitely determines whether a person develops an allergy of some kind; however, it is the environment that often causes the activation of that allergy. A person who has genetically acquired allergy to a certain kind of pollen may not be aware of this until he goes to an area where this pollen is widespread.

Determining why an individual is allergic to a specific substance can be difficult to do.  An allergy often starts with a sensitization wherein the individual is first exposed to an allergen. Upon another and more exposures to that allergen (even if they happen after several days or after several decades) the immune system is activated to produce antibodies that are responsible for the allergic reaction towards that antigen.

Individuals of any race, sex and age can experience allergic reactions. These reactions can begin at any age although children are the ones likeliest among all age groups to develop allergies.

Interestingly male children less than 10 years old have double the risk of developing allergic reactions to airborne substances compared to female children in this age group.

One important thing to remember is that the seriousness of an allergy can become even worse over time. A person experiencing his first bee sting, for example, could only result in a mild allergic reaction, when he gets stung a fifth or sixth time, the sting can become fatal to him.

The deadly potential of allergic reactions is reason enough to seriously take good care of first time mild reactions not merely consider them as temporary inconveniences.

Harmony Wellness Center
110 N Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 234-6454

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November 24th, 2013 at 8:00 pm

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Allergic Reactions Preparing for Your Appointment

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When seeking treatment for your allergic reactions, you may first visit your doctor who will evaluate your condition and may refer you to an allergist especially if your allergies become worse or continue even after taking antihistamines bought over-the-counter.

As with typical visits to your doctor, you can prepare well for your appointment by doing a few things.  In fact, prior to your appointment your allergist may even require you to prepare and perform some important things for your appointment date.

The allergist may require you to stop taking antihistamines certain days prior to your appointment if you are using allergy drugs. This is important because some allergy tests will measure your body’s reaction to various allergens you’ll be exposed to and if antihistamines are in your body the test results will become inaccurate affecting the choices of your treatment.

It is advisable to wear a shirt with short sleeves on your appointment day so that it may be easier to perform the skin prick test or to draw blood in you.

You may also need to record the seriousness of your allergic reactions as well as when those reactions occur. This can help the allergist know what allergens can be possible causes of your reactions.  You can record the foods you eat and their ingredients, if possible, especially if you experience reactions within an hour of eating a meal.

During appointment time you may be required to fill out forms inquiring about the allergic reactions you’ve experienced as well as inquiries about your medical history. You can give a copy of a record of your allergy reactions to the allergist so that he can review them before tests are done.

It is good to bring along a friend, partner or a family member who can take notes while you and your doctor talk about your condition. You need to ask all questions you need answers to with your allergist regardless of how silly you may think they sound.  To facilitate or maximize your appointment time, you can write these questions beforehand, bring them to the appointment and ask them in order not to forget these questions during the appointment.

Some of the relevant questions you can ask your allergist can include:

  • What medical problem(s) is/are causing the symptoms and signs I am experiencing?
  • Do I need to undergo allergy tests?
  • What is the best treatment for both my health complaint and my other existing conditions?
  • What do I need to change or do at home to address my condition?
  • What restrictions do I need follow?
  • What are the signs/symptoms that I might experience that should need to be reported immediately to you?
  • What are the signs/symptoms my family or friends should know that should make them bring me to the hospital ASAP?
  • Can you prescribe me generic drugs instead of brand names for my condition?

As mentioned a while ago, if you have questions outside of this list, you need to ask all of them during your appointment.

What to expect from your doctor

In order to properly evaluate, diagnose and treat your condition, your allergist will need to ask you a series of questions. Prepare to answer all of them as truthfully and honestly as possible so that you get the correct and best treatment. Some of the questions may be like these:

  • What symptoms have you experienced?
  • When have these symptoms started?
  • Have you had a recent respiratory problem like a cold?
  • What times of the day do your symptoms get worse?
  • What things worsen your symptoms? What things make them better?
  • What area of your home does your symptoms act up or worsen?
  • If you have pets, do they go into your bed or sleeping area?
  • Do you have dampness/too much moisture in your home or workplace?
  • Do you have a family history of asthma or allergies?
  • Are you regularly exposed to airborne pollution like tobacco smoke? Do you smoke?
  • Have you tried drugs and other treatments for your condition? Were they effective?
  • What other illnesses do you have?
  • What drugs, steroids, supplements or herbs are you presently using?

You can also request for reading materials, brochures and pamphlets from your allergist as well as ask him for websites that offer a lot of information regarding your condition.


DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 677-3214

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November 17th, 2013 at 2:11 am

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Allergic Reactions Lifestyles and Home Remedies

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Ways to Relieve Nasal Congestion

Nasal congestion and hay fever symptoms can be effectively addressed through a home remedy known as nasal lavage. This is a method that entails the cleaning out of the sinuses using saline solution (which is simply a solution of salt and water). You can use a bulb-style syringe to clean out your sinuses with saline, you can also try utilizing a neti pot, wherein you pour a small amount of saline solution into your nostrils and afterwards spit the solution out.

Face Masks

If you regularly are exposed to airborne allergens, then it is best to wear a face mask when you go out every day. Even at home, you may need to wear a face mask if you are cleaning and dusting your home. One particular face mask called a mist and dust respirator is quite helpful not only for doing housecleaning but also for outdoor purposes that keeps you exposed to allergens like pollen.

Pet Dander Solution

The best way to avoid allergies caused by your pet’s dander is by making your bedroom a “no trespassing zone” for the pet. You can designate duties such as grooming, bathing and feeding your pet to other members of your family who are not allergic to the pet.

Regular Wash of Bedding

Make your bedroom as clean as possible to prevent suffering from any kind of allergy reaction. Allergy control and protection is very much important in the room where you sleep. The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America recommends that for at least once a week, you need to wash in hot water (around 103 degrees Fahrenheit) your stuffed toys, uncovered pillows, bedding and mattresses. Never lie down or sleep on pillows and bedding that cannot be washed at home or that harbor dust. You can buy synthetic pillows, comforters or a dust-proof plastic cover for your mattress.


To effectively kill molds in your home, use bleach. You can rid of all molds in your household appliances, walls, floors and bathroom floors by just wiping them with a bleach solution containing a gallon of water mixed with three quarters of bleach.  After applying the beach mixture, allow for five minutes before you rinse them with water.

Hard Flooring

It is especially hard to rid your carpet of mold, pet dander and dust mites since these things cling to soft surfaces in vise-like grips. Steam cleaning your carpet can make these allergens even more hazardous to your health since the steam makes the carpet moist enabling the mold and dust mites to thrive. If you allergic to these factors, then you may need to switch to hard flooring and use setting throw rugs that are washable instead. If you decide to stick with carpets then make sure you avail of a vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA filter.

HEPA Filtration Device

A HEPA or high-efficiency particulate air filtering device is especially effective in filtering out airborne allergens. This device traps these allergens via a fine screen. You can either buy a HEPA filtration device for all the often used rooms in your home or buy one and transfer it on the room you are in.

Air Conditioning

For pollen allergies, air conditioning is one of the most effective ways to prevent this type of allergen from affecting you. Air conditioning also helps keep mold and dust mites under control. It is a very good way to filter airborne allergens especially if you have an air cleaner installed.


Galina Semyonova is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist in New York City. She has studied extensively in the fields of biofeedback therapy, SCENAR therapy, Chinese herbal treatments and Chinese and Western nutrition.

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November 10th, 2013 at 2:28 am

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Allergic Reactions Complications

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One high chance a person with allergies can experience is an allergy complication. Allergy complications can vary from light annoyances to extremely dangerous and deadly situations.  Knowing your allergic reaction symptoms is one important approach towards treatment.

Mild Allergy Complications

A large number of allergy sufferers will show symptoms that are light to moderate. Pollen or pet dander and such types of allergens can be very uncomfortable but the allergic reactions they cause are not life threatening most of the time.  The inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis) and irritation of the nasal passage (rhinitis) are two of the most common allergy complications experienced by a lot of people today.

Allergic rhinitis can develop all year round (perennial rhinitis) or it can be caused by seasonal allergies according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.  Sufferers of seasonal allergy can blame factors like mold and pollen for their problem. Perennial rhinitis sufferers, on the other hand, have this kind of problem due to indoor allergies. Allergic factors that reside indoors can include dust mites, cockroaches, pet dander and indoor mold.

Some of the allergic rhinitis symptoms are watery eyes, congestion, runny nose and sneezing. Other symptoms one can experience from allergic rhinitis can include itchy ears, eyes, throat, roof of the mouth and nose among others.

One of the most common causes of acute sinusitis is the common cold. Cold and acute sinusitis symptoms usually are experienced during winter time. People without any allergies are less likely to develop acute sinusitis than those with an allergy.

The symptoms of sinusitis may be among others pressure in the face, postnasal drip, gray or green nasal discharge and congestion. Coughing that seems not to go away, fever and headache can likewise be signs of sinusitis.

For those with light allergy complications, treatment can include prescription or over-the-counter drugs and in certain cases allergy shots (immunotherapy). A person exhibiting allergic reaction symptoms but still has no diagnosis for allergy should avail of allergy testing to ascertain the reason for his symptoms.


Hives or urticaria are itchy red and raised welts that develop from allergic reaction to medicine or food and also from an insect bite or sting. This allergic reaction causes a person to break out in hives when he is exposed or comes into contact with allergens causing his body to release histamine. One complication that can arise from hives is a condition called angioedema according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Angioedema is a health issue wherein skin swelling emanates from the skin’s deeper layers. The swelling can result in deformities although the worst thing about this condition is that when the swelling is in the throat, a deadly problem called anaphylaxis can happen.  This possibility should cause patients with hives to avail of medical help immediately. Another very important thing to note is that when a person experiences signs of anaphylaxis, he needs to contact 911 or immediately go to the emergency room.

Proper care should be done if you suffered from an allergy reaction caused by a food, drug or other factors in order to avoid encountering these factors in the future. If you come in for treatment for allergic reaction complications such as hives, you need to let your doctor know of your past experiences with hives to ascertain that you will never be exposed to these allergens ever again. This is particularly important for medication allergies.

Occurring but in rare occasions are hives complications due to exposure to allergens such as chemical irritants, mold spores, dust mites and pet. One of the best treatments for these kinds of breakouts is antihistamine drugs.


Asthma and allergies often go together. In fact, in the United States, one of the most common forms of asthma is allergy asthma. This is due to the fact that individuals experiencing this allergy complication produce antibodies that worsen the light allergy symptoms and can cause inflammation in the airways. Allergy asthma can be a dangerous form of asthma and patients asthma caused by allergic reaction need to bring along an albuterol inhaler everywhere in case their asthma acts up.

Treatment options oriented towards preventing allergy asthma symptoms include allergy shots (immunotherapy) and inhaled corticosteroids like triamcinolone.  Minimizing contact to allergens and addressing allergy symptoms when they develop can greatly lessen asthmatic reactions.


One very serious and potentially lethal allergic reaction complication is anaphylaxis. This condition often happens in an allergic reaction to allergens such as latex, drugs, insect bites or stings or food. Immediate emergency attention is needed to prevent the occurrence of death.


Willow Tree Wellness Clinic
1607 NE 16th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
Ph: 503-281-0030

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November 3rd, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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