What are Allergies?
Allergies are disorders of the immune
system that can result in reactions to things that are typically
harmless to most people. Substances that can cause allergic
reactions are called allergens. The allergens can be certain types of foods, cosmetics, animal hair, poisonous
plants, dust, plant pollen, change in temperature or medicines.
Common symptoms are skin reactions,
asthma, swollen throat, sinus headaches, stuffy or runny nose,
diarrhea, flatulence, vomiting or watery eyes
Generally allergies can be separated into
4 main types:
These are allergies to food additives
(dyes, thickeners, preservatives, monosodium glutamate or MSG),
peanuts, tree nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts), fruits (strawberries,
oranges, melons, pineapple and other tropical fruits), tomatoes, eggs,
wheat, milk, chocolates, fish, shellfish (shrimp, crab, lobster) and
other sea foods.
Symptoms are swelling of the throat,
difficulty in swallowing, nausea and vomiting, stomach cramps,
indigestion, diarrhea, wheezing or nasal congestion, difficulty in
breathing, hives, itching or eczema, swelling of eyelids, face, lips,
tongue or other parts of the body, blue color to the skin and nails,
light headedness, dizziness or fainting.
Insect sting allergy
These are allergies from bee or hornet
stings, mosquito bites, cockroach and flea bites. Symptoms are pain, swelling, itching and
redness. More serious allergy symptoms are difficulty in breathing or
swallowing, disorientation, swelling of eyes and mouth.
These are allergies to tree or grass
pollens, animals, moulds, dust or dust mites usually affecting the
respiratory system. Symptoms are sneezing, coughing, runny
nose, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing. Hay fever (rhintis)
and/or asthma are the most common symptoms of allergy
These are allergies to poisonous plants
such as poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac, cosmetics such as
creams, detergents. jewellery and change in temperature. Symptoms are swelling, itching, prickly
heat, hives (urticaria) and redness of skin
alleviate allergies symptoms
The most basic and effective allergy
treatment is avoidance. Seek the doctor's help in identifying the
allergens and then just simply avoid those allergens.
For allergies to mold and dust mites,
regularly clean the house. Keep the house cool and airy.
If affordability permits, air-condition
your house as it can keep humidity low which discourages dust mites and
Install an air cleaner which are good at
removing pollens that are already in the air.
Seal beddings in plastic for dust mite
No carpets in the house as these are
favourite attractions for dust mites.
Wear a face mask when doing house
cleaning or lawn mowing.
Natural Remedies for
If your are already exposed to the
allergens and are suffering from the allergies symptoms, these natural
remedies can help provide relief for the allergies symptoms.
Aromatherapy essential oils can help
provide relief for certain types of allergies symptoms. However,
skip this option if you are allergy to plants. Learn more about
Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Allergies
2) Home Remedies
There are many proven simple home
remedies that can help alleviate allergies symptoms naturally. Learn
Home Remedies for Allergies