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Symptoms of Allergic Reactions

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Your allergic reaction symptoms usually depend on the type of allergy you are suffering from.  The different types of allergies include pet allergies, seasonal allergies, food allergies and a whole lot more.

Pet Allergies

Dog allergy symptoms include:

Sneezing
Stuffy, itchy, runny nose
Itchy, red eyes
Wheezing and coughing

Cat allergy symptoms:

Sneezing
Stuffy, itchy, runny nose
Skin redness on the body part where the cat has licked, bitten or scratched you
Itchy, red eyes
Rash or hives on the face and chest
Wheezing and coughing

Seasonal Allergies

Spring, summer, fall and winter allergy symptoms

Dark circles under the eyes
Runny nose
Itchy nose and eyes
Coughing
Sneezing
Watery eyes

Food Allergies

Food allergies can include food intolerances. They can be experienced by virtually every person at certain times in their lives.

Milk Allergy – Allergic reactions of milk allergy can include hives, vomiting and wheezing.
Egg Allergy – Symptoms can include hives, allergic rhinitis, vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps, shortness of breath, chest tightening, coughing and anaphylaxis symptoms and signs like lump or swelling in the throat, stomach cramps and pain, rapid pulse and shock
Wheat Allergy – Bronchospasm, allergic rhinitis, eczema, stomach pain and, sometimes, anaphylaxis.
Nut (Peanut) Allergy – Runny nose, wheezing or shortness of breath, throat tightness, vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea, throat and mouth discomfort, swelling, redness or hives
Fish Allergy – Rash, itching, hives, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, a burning sensation in the mouth and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms
Shellfish Allergy – Tingling in the mouth, fainting, lightheadedness, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, breathing difficulties, nasal congestion, wheezing swelling in the face, throat and tongue, eczema, itching, hives and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms.
Sulfite Allergy – Bronchospasm, headache, postnasal drip, rhinitis, sinus and nasal congestion and asthma.
Soy Allergy – Tingling in the mouth, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, breathing difficulties, runny nose, wheezing swelling in the face, throat and tongue, eczema, itching, hives and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms.
Casein Allergy –  wheezing, coughing, itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, red itchy skin, hives swelling in the face, throat, tongue, mouth and lips and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms.

Other Allergies

Hay Fever – This condition is an immune problem. It is particularly as an allergic reaction to pollen grains and other pollen and certain non-pollen substances. Hay fever is also called allergic rhinitis, hay fever has two types: one is seasonal, which means the reaction happens when certain plants start to pollinate and the other is perennial, where reactions can potentially occur all days of the year. Hay fever has symptoms that include:

Runny/blocked nose
Itchy nose
Itchy throat
Watery eyes
Itchiness spreading to the ears, nose and throat
Facial pain due to congested sinuses
Taste and smell loss
Headaches
Sweating
Insomnia
Irritability
Fatigue

Pink eye or Allergic Conjunctivitis – This is caused by STDs, viruses or bacteria and can be contagious. Its symptom includes eyelid swelling, blurred vision, itchy eyes, increased amount of tears and redness in the inner eyelid or in the white of the eye.

Urticaria or hives – Symptoms include sudden appearance of skin welts and patches as well as pale red and swollen bumps that develop because of allergies and other causes.

Allergies to Sumac, oak and Poison Ivy – The oily sap named urushiol from these plants causes an allergic response such as an itchy rash that becomes visible within hours or several days after contact.

Bee and Insect Sting Reactions – Symptoms include itching, warmth at the area of the sting, mild to moderate swelling, pimple-like spots, redness and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms.

Mold Allergy – Mold allergy symptoms can include asthmatic symptoms such as chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing and other symptoms like watery eyes; throat, nose and eye itchiness; postnasal drip and cough; stuffy or runny nose; and sneezing.

Pollen Allergies – Symptoms include cough, itchy throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, watery eyes and sneezing

Skin Reactions to the Sun – Symptoms can include hives; blisters; skin bleeding, crusting or scaling; small bumps that may combine into raised patches, pain or itching and redness

Salicylate or Aspirin Allergy – Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing or coughing, swelling on the face, tongue or lips, red eyes, runny nose, itchy skin, hives and anaphylaxis signs and symptoms.

Cosmetic Allergy – Cosmetics can cause allergic reactions or skin irritation. Ingredients found in cosmetics like preservatives and fragrances can become allergens that trigger an allergic reaction. Symptoms of cosmetics allergy include scaly and itchy skin that turns into patches. They sometimes turn into red rashes that eventually convert into blisters. When coming into contact with harsh substances or when scratched, the blisters can ooze fluids. Other symptoms include itching, redness and swelling in the skin.

Nickel Allergy – Symptoms can include draining fluid, blisters, patches of dry skin, redness or skin discoloration, mild to severe itching and bumps or rash on the skin.

Drug Allergy – A lot of medication do have negative side effects that trigger allergic reactions. When an allergic reaction to drug occurs, the immune system erroneously responds to the medication by developing an immune response to thwart its effects. Some of the symptoms of drug allergy can include shortness of breath, facial swelling, fever, itching, hives and for severe reactions anaphylaxis symptoms.

Dust Allergy – This type of allergy has symptoms that include shortness of breath, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing and other symptoms such as allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, watery itchy eyes, stuffy or runny nose runny or stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes.

Chemical Allergy – Certain individuals using detergents, cosmetics or shampoos that contain chemicals that can trigger allergic dermatological reactions can show symptoms like cracked, leathery and darkened skin, sun sensitivity, hives, swelling in the genital region, face and eyes, intense skin itching or burning, oozing blisters, scaly patches and red skin.

Penicillin Allergy – This is an allergic reaction that happens when the immune system abnormally responds to the effects of penicillin antibiotics. Symptoms of this type of allergy can include angiodema or swelling of the face, tongue or lips, wheezing, itchy skin, rash, hives and symptoms of anaphylactic reactions.

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December 25th, 2013 at 3:54 am

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Causes of Allergic Reactions

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Allergic reactions happen when the body, particularly the immune system, fails to recognize a foreign material that has entered the body and as a result responds negatively to its presence.

A person can acquire allergies to specific conditions and foods that he often is not aware he is allergic to until he has been in contact with or has consumed them. An allergic reaction is often termed as an “attack” by doctors. When a person experiences an allergic attack he develops many kinds of negative bodily occurrences. These occurrences may be a minor response such as an itchy feeling or a rash while sometimes it can be extremely severe and even deadly such as an anaphylaxis reaction that entails breathing difficulty like in an asthma attack.

The foreign substances that cause allergic reactions are called allergens and they can be very different and varied.  A lot of individuals usually already know what items or substances they are allergic to. Allergens, generally, are things that bother your nasal passage and perceived by your immune system as foreign and harmful to your body.

The most common factors causing allergic reactions are foods. A lot of people are allergic to certain food items like crops, shrimps, shellfishes and nuts. When it comes to fruits, a many individuals are allergic to strawberries. While some have no allergic reactions to poultry and dairy products, there may be moments when a person can experience reactions like rashes when eating them if he has been eating these products more than a few times per day.

Another and more dangerous factor that can trigger allergic reactions are medicines.  Some of the more commonly known drugs that can trigger allergic reactions include penicillin, amoxicillin and aspirin. Analgesic medicines such as Mefenamic acid and anesthesia can trigger deadly allergic responses especially if the immune system can find these medicines useless to the body.

Products and substances that contain a lot of concentrated amounts of harsh chemical in them such as dyes and detergents can likely cause skin allergic reactions to develop. Other substances that can lead to allergic reactions can include environmental factors like temperature, hay, dust and pollen.

Basically and potential any substance can cause an allergic reaction to some people. There are also allergic reactions that have been inherited from someone in a person’s family tree even if that family member has lived and died generations ago.  The important thing to remember in all these is that you need to be aware of your allergic reactions.  These reactions can sometimes act nastily and affect you severely all of a sudden. However, if you know what your allergens are and how they affect you, you could easily prevent them from occurring or avoid them altogether.

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December 16th, 2013 at 7:11 am

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Coping with Allergic Reactions

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Listed below are some recommendations to help you deal with allergic reactions effectively.

Getting Adequate rest even with allergies – You can feel very tired and have problems sleeping if you suffer from nasal allergies. If you have an allergy treatment and prevention plan formulated by you and your doctor, you need to follow it to the letter. Other suggestions to let you be able to sleep well at night include:
Exercising regularly probably around at least three hours before your sleeping time – Exercising regularly can also help you relieve stress that might be the one causing you sleepless nights
Following your regular bedtime schedule – This means following a sleeping and a waking up schedule.
Avoiding or minimizing caffeine intake

Cleaning out pet dander – All cats and dogs come with animal dander that you may or may not be allergic to. Dander is the word for the dead skin cells of animals. Your pet’s saliva can also be an allergen for some people so if you suffer from pet allergies and have a pet you love, you need to bathe it at least once a week or even more if your pet is often outdoors especially during the pollen season. Make the room where you sleep off limits to your pet and keep all your upholstered surfaces off limits to it as well.

Keeping your home allergen-free – Mold and dust mites are typical allergens that need to be removed and the best way to do this is via a thorough house cleaning.  To achieve this you need to:
Apply a bleach solution to eradicate bathroom mold. If you see any liner, shower curtain or mat that has mold, throw them away.
Keep papers and books stored in shelf cabinets that are always closed.
Avoid keeping house plants if you can since mold often develops in their soil
Install an exhaust fan in the bathroom and use a dehumidifier in your basement
Avail of furnace and HEPA fllters that are specifically designed to trap allergens
To kill dust mites in your bedding wash them in hot water around 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Enclose mattresses and pillows in covers that are allergen-proof.

Allergy Medication – Antihistamines are over-the-counter allergy drugs that help relieve itchy eyes and runny nose symptoms.  These drugs, however, can cause a side effect such as drowsiness in a lot of people. The good news is that newer brands of antihistamines that are considered to have no drowsiness side effects are now sold in the market.

Other over-the-counter (OTC) nasal allergies medicines can also be used to offset allergic reactions. They may include nasal decongestants and nasal saline rinses. If these OTC medications don’t work you may need to set an appointment with an allergist to help identify the exact cause of your allergy and the degree of severity of your allergy. He can perform treatments that can include medications like antihistamines; prescription leukotriene inhibitors and nasal corticosteroids that lessen symptoms by addressing inflammation; and allergy shots that are also known as immunotherapy.

If you suffer from nasal allergies, the best thing to do is to avoid its triggers. This may be easier said than done since avoiding pollen in spring can almost be an impossible feat to accomplish.  You can avail of the news announcing pollen count for the day so that when the pollen count is high you can stay indoors and avoid being exposed to potential allergens. If you want to go outside, early morning or after a rainfall can be the best times to do it since pollen levels then are relatively low.

Some tips to consider before going outdoors.

During windy days, pollen is more likely to be borne by the wind making you at high risk for allergic reactions. Therefore, staying indoors may be a good idea during windy days.
When you arrive home after being outdoors, you need to remove your clothes and change to new ones as soon as possible. Also you need to bath or shower to wash away any pollen that might be lingering in your hair and skin.
Put your outside clothes in the laundry area and keep them far from the bathroom or bedroom. If you need to do some yard work, wear a face mask.

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December 9th, 2013 at 2:57 am

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Allergy Symptoms

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Different people are allergic to different types of substances. Talk to your doctor if your allergy seems to be persistent or serious.

Food Allergies

The signs of food allergy often become manifest after taking foods you are allergic to. There are rare occasions when the person reacts to a food allergy only after hours of eating these foods. The symptoms can affect areas around the digestive tract, mouth or lips among others. Certain foods like wheat, shellfish, soy, fish, milk, nuts and eggs among others are the most common foods that result to allergic responses.

Mild Symptoms:

  • Itchy, stuffy or runny nose
  • Sneezing, wheezing, congestion or coughing
  • Skin rashes
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps and indigestion
  • Nausea
  • Swallowing or speaking difficulty
  • Feeling of tightness in your throat
  • Swelling, itching or tingling of your throat, lips, tongue or mouth

Serious Symptoms:

  • Anaphylaxis – This is a sudden, severe and potentially fatal physiological response with symptoms that affect many parts of the body. Anaphylaxis can manifest immediately after exposure to allergens. This reaction can result in the entire swelling of the body, hardness of breathing and serious itching of the whole body. It can result in shock and death and needs to be given medical attention as soon as possible. This allergic response can be due to food allergies, insect bite or sting or from medication.
  • Sudden and serious facial swelling and itching
  • Sudden hoarseness or incapacity to speak
  • Sudden or rapid increase of heart beat
  • Faintness, dizziness and sweating
  • Breathing difficulties

Other symptoms of anaphylaxis include:

  • Irregular heart beat
  • Diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting or nausea
  • Lightheadedness, confusion or agitation
  • Chest tightening
  • Swallowing or breathing difficulty
  • Swelling in the throat or mouth
  • Tingling or itching all over the body

Anaphylaxis also causes your bronchial tissues to swell up causing you to choke and making you lose consciousness. It also causes your blood pressure to drop dramatically due to many of your blood vessels dilating all at once and it may also lead to loss of consciousness. The shock caused by anaphylaxis can lead to death.

Respiratory Allergies

Respiratory allergy reactions often manifest some hours after exposure. They are usually caused by allergens such as dust mites, mold spores, plant pollens and animal dander.

Mild Symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Sore eyes
  • Clear and thin mucus and runny or clogged nose
  • Watery, swollen, itchy or red eyes
  • Congestion
  • Throat hoarseness
  • Impaired sense of smell
  • Postnasal drip
  • Itchy nose or throat
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing or wheezing

Serious Symptoms:

  • Chest pain and tightness
  • Difficulty and shortness in breathing

Contact Allergies

Symptoms of contact allergies manifest themselves after a few minutes of exposure, although there might be individuals that show symptoms only after several hours later. Typical allergens include cosmetics like hair dye and perfume, medications, fragrances, preservatives, latex, nickel, rubber, poison oak and poison ivy among many others. A person can also get allergy from metal clips, zippers, hairpins, jewelry and buttons – all products that are made from nickel. Even periods under the sun can give you allergic reactions.

Mild Symptoms:

  • Eczema
  • Hives
  • Redness or swelling of the skin
  • Fluid filled bumps on the skin

Serious Symptoms:

  • Anaphylaxis

Insect Bite or Sting Allergies

A sting or bite from an insect can contain poison that can cause an allergic reaction. Symptoms often become manifest after a few minutes after a bite or a sting although some people might have a more delayed reaction with symptoms showing up only after some hours. The allergic reactions can come from bites or stings of yellow jackets, fire ants, hornets, bees or wasps.

 

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Colorado Springs, CO 80903
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November 25th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

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Allergy Complications

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An allergy can potentially have many complications and they tend to be different among various types of individuals. The more common complications of an allergic reaction are nasal polyps, anaphylaxis, asthma, hives and sinusitis (acute and chronic). Acute sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinuses which causes a blockage in the air passageway making breathing difficult. Furthermore fluid accumulates on the sinuses making mucosal drainage difficult as well. Allergy can also beget other kinds of allergy reactions.

Acute sinusitis – When breathing difficulty ensues, persistent coughing, headaches and fever follow. When allergy leads to acute sinusitis, the latter can last for a month. Acute sinusitis can cause symptoms such as halitosis, nausea, cough, facial pain, sore throat, nasal congestion and nasal breathing difficulty.

Anaphylaxis – This is a health condition that is triggered by the interaction of specific chemicals with the antibodies leading to allergic reactions. Anaphylaxis is a potentially fatal condition with symptoms that include watery eyes and severe rhinitis among others. The abrupt chemical release causes dramatic physiological changes like the narrowing of the bronchial tubes and the sudden drop of blood pressure. An anaphylactic shock can come from a mere insect bite or a bee sting. Other common signs of an anaphylaxis reaction include hives, diarrhea, pale skin, vomiting, nausea, wheezing, drop in pulse and dizziness.

Chronic sinusitis – This condition is simply acute sinusitis that has been extended for long periods of time. Chronic sinusitis can lead to the development mold or fungi on the sinuses and can affect the physiology of the nose – it can lead to a crooked septum. This type of condition lasts for around 3 months and can manifest symptoms such as ear pain, green yellowish discharge, lessened olfactory function, sore throat, cough and blockage of the nasal lining.

Dermatographia – This is a skin condition that reveals itself as inflammation and redness of the skin. The skin becomes sensitive that even with the slightest bruise or injury can result in prominent bumps. Dermatographia also can cause hive-like welts. It can be triggered by weather changes and becomes obvious after a few minutes.

Hive, urticaria and angioderma – These are skin disorders that has the look of a flare and wheal. Angioderma symptoms include welts in the lips and eye area. Angioderma can be hereditary and its other symptoms can consist of inflammation of the genital tract, air passage, feet and digestive tract among others.

Fungus infection in the lungs – If you have an allergy to molds, it can affect your lungs and sinuses. This condition is also known as allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis or allergic fungal sinusitis.

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San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 619-800-2287
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November 15th, 2013 at 2:15 am

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Allergy – Coping and Support

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Below are some of the tips you can try to help you cope with your allergy symptoms.

New and stronger forms of allergy medication – Antihistamines, which are over-the-counter allergy drugs target common allergy symptoms like itchy eyes and runny nose. Its common side effect, however, is that it makes people drowsy.  Now you can opt for newer forms of antihistamines that effectively ease symptoms but have less or no drowsy side effects to the person. Nasal allergy drugs bought over-the-counter that are quite effective and popular include nasal decongestants and nasal saline rinses. If all of these OTC drugs do not work for you, then seek an appointment with your allergy doctor who can help identify the causes and the seriousness of your allergy. He can recommend immunotherapy for you, which is the use of other stronger medications such as prescription leukotriene inhibitors and nasal corticosteroids and allergy injections. These drugs help lessen symptoms and inflammation.

It’s sometimes hard to avoid allergy triggers especially when it involves nasal allergens and during springtime. You can lessen the likelihood of getting allergy by knowing the pollen count on the news and just staying at home when the pollen count is high.  If you want to go out, mornings can be the best time for you; this is the time of the day when pollen count is at its lowest.  The pollen count is also always low after a downpour so you can also go out immediately right after the rain stops.

Some helpful ways that can help you easily cope with your allergy problem are:

  • Dry, windy days can mean a high pollen count, so during these types of days, just try to stay indoors.
  • After going outside, immediately change your clothes and shower to rid your clothes and your whole body of pollens that might have landed in your clothes and head and body.
  • If you’re not yet going to wash them right away, leave those clothes in the laundry room. Do not bring them with you into your bathroom or bedroom. If you need to do outdoor gardening or any type of outdoor work, work then wearing a mask.
  • Clean you house of allergens – Regular cleaning of the house all year round is a good way to rid your house of allergens like mold and dust mites and help you lessen your allergy symptoms in the process.
  • Sweep, dust and vacuum your house at least once a week. When you vacuum, use a HEPA filter; when you wipe objects, wipe using a microfiber or a damp cloth.
  • To effectively kill dust mites, clean and wash your bedding using hot water boiled to at least 130 degrees. Cover your mattress and pillows with allergen proof covers. Avoid using feather pillows as well as down comforters.
  • If you are using furnace or air filters, use HEPA air filters that are designed for optimal entrapment of allergens.
  • Eliminate all kinds of house molds using a mild bleach solution. Thoroughly clean your bathroom including the liner, shower curtain and toilet mat where molds have developed.
  • Fit an exhaust fan in your bathroom and you can add a dehumidifier in your basement as well.
  • If you can live without indoor plants, then rid yourself of them. The soil of those houseplants can be host to many forms of molds.
  • Keep papers and books in shelf cabinets that are always closed.
  • Minimize pet dander in your home – If you have a pet dog or cat, then you will be always in the presence of allergens – all cats and dogs carry allergens in their dead skin (dander) and even saliva that many people may be allergic to. If you own a pet dog or cat and are allergic to animal dander or saliva, then you need to bathe your pet for a minimum of once a week – more if it’s pollen season and your pet keeps always going outdoors.  Let your bedroom be off-limits to them as well as to upholstered surfaces.

 

Getting Good Sleep Even with Allergies

It is hard to get a good sleep if you are experiencing nasal allergies. Apart from availing of a treatment and prevention plan, you can opt to use the following tips to get a good satisfying and complete sleep:

Exercising regularly can make you sleep better. It also reduces stress in your mind and body which may have been causing your sleepless nights.

Follow your scheduled bedtime

Do not drink or eat any thing with caffeine on it before going to sleep.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

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November 3rd, 2013 at 2:31 pm

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Allergic Reaction Treatments and Drugs

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There may be no real cure for allergic reactions but, nevertheless, a vast array of medicines both over-the-counter and prescription, are available to address irritating and uncomfortable symptoms such as congestion, headache and runny nose. Some of the most popular of these medicines are corticosteroids, combination medications, antihistamines and decongestants among many others. Other treatment procedures for allergic reactions can include allergy shots that boost the body’s ability to fight the allergens.

Mass Cells Inhibitor – The primary role of a mass cells inhibitor drug is to block the release of histamine and other chemicals that can cause allergic reactions from mast cells when a person is exposed to allergens like pollen. When utilized, frequent dosing is necessary since the effects of this drug does not last long (lasting only around 8 hours). This type of drug is available in nasal spray form or in eye drops to ward off runny nose and treat itchy eyes respectively.

Leukotriene Inhibitors – These drugs are designed to hinder substances/allergens from causing inflammation and swelling in the person.

Anti-allergy Eye Drops – Anti-allergy/antihistamine eye drops are designed to address symptoms like watery or itchy eyes. Some anti-allergy drops are reinforced with other anti-inflammatory agents to further relieve irritation and puffiness. Nonprescription eye drops are also available that give substantial relief to hay fever and allergies. These drops need to be used with care since they can cause temporary stinging when used. You may need to talk with your doctor if the irritation does not improve. Also people using soft-contact lenses need to wait for about 10 minutes after they have applied the eye drops before wearing their contact lenses.

Steroid Nasal Sprays – Steroid nasal sprays are useful in reducing inflammation inside the nasal passages thus lessening the other symptoms of nasal allergies. Sometimes, however, certain steroid nasal sprays can cause sore throat or nose bleeding.

Anticholinergic Nasal Allergy Spray – This type of spray is used in the nostrils to help minimize secretions from the glands that are blocking the nasal passage helping lesson runny nose symptoms in the process. This spray is contraindicated for individuals who are allergic to any ingredients used in this spray. This spray is applied about twice or thrice a day.  It can cause few side effects and does not negatively react or interfere with other drugs.

Decongestants – Decongestants helps remove nasal congestion. They also cause blood vessels to constrict leading to reduced blood circulation into the nasal passage. These drugs should obviously not be given to individuals who are allergic to chemical ingredients in these drugs.

Antihistamine – These medicines are offered in liquid, chewable tablet, capsule and tablet forms. The dosage that should be taken for antihistamine medication depends on the type of preparation that is given and the individual’s characteristics. As antihistamines can make a person drowsy, so therefore, you should not perform any activity that needs mental concentration when you take these types of drugs.

Natural Allergy Relief – These include herbal supplements that give relief to allergic reactions. Tonic derived from goldenseal herb and freeze-dried nettles are very helpful forms of these remedies.  One can also use saline nasal spray that helps wash away pollen and rid of excess mucus. Some doctors also recommend taking some nutrients that can relieve seasonal allergic reactions. These can include a flavonoid known as quercetin and grape seed extract.

Allergy Shots – Also called by its lesser known name, immunotherapy allergy shots are given to individuals suffering from allergies so as to enhance their tolerance to allergens. They are usually given to those who have been suffering from serious allergies or for people who have been experiencing allergic reactions for more than 3 months in one year.  It is important to note that these shots never are designed to cure allergies; they instead only reduce the person’s sensitivity to some of his allergens. Allergy shots should be given on a regular basis and during the course of time the doses need to be increased as well. If you experience tightness of the throat or shortness of breath after being given an allergy shot, you need then to see your doctor.

Ridding of Allergens By Yourself – One of the best ways to prevent allergic reactions is to identify the substances that cause the attacks. A person with asthma who is allergic to dust, for example, needs to rid his home and surroundings from the elements. If strong perfumes give you allergic reactions you then need to remove these perfumes in your home. This way is quite commonsensical, inexpensive and the most effective for individuals suffering from allergy and they need to give it a try.

Allergy Fighting Foods – Certain studies have shown that consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids substantially reduces symptoms of allergy to individuals who do not usually eat foods that are high omega 3.  Omega-3 fatty acids is very good in treating inflammation, you can find high amounts of these types of fatty acids in eggs, animals that have been grass-fed, walnuts, flaxseed oil and cold-water fish.

Acupuncture – Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) states that allergies are caused by weakness of the righteous (zhen qi) and protective energy of the body (wei qi) and a combination of a collection of internal damp in the body brought about by digestive weakness and/or poor diet choices. Lifestyle and congenital factors are also responsible for these weaknesses. These weaknesses indicate deficiencies in body systems such as the kidneys, spleen, liver, and/or lung. Allergy treatment is unique per person because the precise patterns of disharmony that cause a specific allergy are different for each individual. Proper diagnosis of allergy is the basis for getting the most effective TCM treatment and acupuncture. Individualized treatments that consider the patient’s unique constitution are important to gain the best results. Certain Chinese herbs, acupuncture and a comprehensive diagnosis are used to strengthen the organ systems and return the patient to normal and good health.

 

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Davis, CA 95616
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October 27th, 2013 at 3:43 am

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