AllergiesWhat are Allergies?

Generally, an allergy can be considered to be a reaction or sensitiveness of the body to various substances, known as allergens, which exist in the surroundings. It is not contagious, so you do not have to worry about being near somebody who has an allergy.

These allergens in the environment cause allergic reactions in the body. Common allergens include dust, pollen, cosmetics, and animal hair. Vaccines, drugs, serums, and poisonous plants could be allergens too.   Heat, cold, and sunlight, along with certain foods can also trigger allergic reactions. Some of the common food allergens are eggs, milk, wheat, oranges, chocolates, nuts, and strawberries.

The sensitivity of an individual to these allergens may vary as well. Some people may show mild reactions to certain allergens, while others may have violent reactions when exposed to the same amount of allergens. Some people would suffer from true allergies brought about by intolerance to certain foods, while others would develop an allergic reaction to pollution.

The time needed for the allergic reaction to manifest may also vary. Some would experience allergies within minutes from contact with the allergen. Others would develop allergic reactions after hours. Some would even show signs of an allergy after several days. Any part of the body could be affected. Body parts that are usually affected are the nose, eyes, skin, chest, intestine, and ears.


What are the Causes of Allergy?

Allergy indicates that a person has a lowered resistance and is suffering from disharmony within the body due to reactions to any of the allergens found in food or in the surroundings.

  • It is widely believed that one of the major causes of developing sensitivity to various allergens is feeding babies with cereals, corns, whole milk, meat, and many other foods before they reach 10 months. Since babies lack the proper enzyme to digest these foods, it usually causes allergic reactions. In fact, it is highly recommended that babies are breast-fed up to 8 months since this is one ideal way of providing babies with the nutrients that they need.
  • Aside from tracing the causes of allergy to babyhood, processed foods can also cause allergies. These foods contain high amounts of chemical additives that could trigger allergic reactions from the body. The body’s ability to handle a particular amount of food can be impaired when there is an excessive intake of one specific group of food, like refined sugar for instance. When the body lacks vitamins and minerals, it could also lead to allergies.
  • Some may not know it but emotional and psychological stress could also cause allergies. Dr. Hans Salye, a world premier researcher on stress, said that the allergic symptoms experienced by the body are a reaction to these stressors.


Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Allergies

Symptoms of allergies may vary. It depends on the sensitivity of an individual to certain allergens. It must be noted that if a certain allergen would cause a mild reaction only to another individual, it might not be altogether the same for you. It is therefore important that you identify the various symptoms of an allergy.

Some of the symptoms that you have to watch out for are the following:

  • Migraine
  • Recurring headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Neuralgia (Nerve pain affecting the peripheral nerves, which are nerves that connect the central nervous system to the organs and limbs.)
  • Conjunctivitis (inflammation of the eye)
  • Diabetes
  • Eczema
  • Hay fever
  • Heart-burn
  • Constipation
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhea
  • Asthma
  • Overweight
  • Gastric ulcer
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attacks
  • Chest pain
  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling of the face and eyes

At times, several of these symptoms may occur when an allergy occurs. There are also cases where only one symptom would be apparent.


Remedies, Treatment and Cure for Allergies

Three Steps for Detecting and Curing Allergy

  1. Identify the cause of the allergy. Find out what allergens trigger the allergic reaction in your body. This may be a tedious task, but with patience, you may be able to achieve this.
  2. Avoid allergens. The moment that you are able to identify the substances that trigger your allergy, make sure that you avoid them.
  3. Build your resistance and immunity from said substances.

Two Ways to Detect Allergens that Cause Your Allergic Reactions

  1. Trial and Error. This may be a tedious process of detecting food allergens that you are sensitive to but this could lead to a really good result when done conscientiously. Make sure that you take note of the foods that you eat and try to observe your body’s reaction to those foods. Once any sign of allergic symptoms appear, then you have to eliminate that food from your diet. Since some reactions are delayed up to several days, give the allowance for any reaction to appear as a response to a certain food for up to two weeks. Stay away from processed foods and stick to organic food products. That way, you are not merely staying away from allergens, you are also getting rid of other health hazards such as pesticides and sprays used on various foods.
  2. Another way to detect allergens is through Dr. Coca’s “pulse test.” This is done by checking your pulse before any meal and limiting the meal to a single food only. Record your pre-meal pulse rate, then after eating, wait for 30 minutes and try to take your pulse again. An increase of 16 beats will be considered as normal but beyond that will be a warning. If your pulse would increase to more than 84 beats per minute, and would remain high one-hour after eating, then you surely have found your food allergy.


How to Build Resistance Against Allergy?

Perhaps the best method of fighting allergy is by strengthening your physical resistance. You can do this by fasting on fresh fruit juices for about four or five days. After this, you can try taking a mono diet where you would be eating only fruits or vegetables like grapes, carrots and apples. After a week, another food would be added. Then after another week, one more food would be added and so on. After four weeks, foods rich in protein could now be included and must be introduced into the diet one at a time. When an allergic reaction is noticed, the food must be discontinued and a new one introduced. Through this method, allergens that trigger your allergies will definitely be eliminated.

The following foods generally cause accumulation of toxins and over-stimulate the adrenal glands. They also disturb the right balance of blood sugar levels and strain the production of pancreatic enzymes.

What Not to Eat:

  • Chocolate
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Alcohol
  • Cola drinks
  • Sugar
  • Sweets and other food that contain sugar
  • Meats
  • Refined cereals
  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Smoked foods
  • Salted foods
  • Pickled foods
  • Processed foods
  • Any food containing preservatives or flavoring

The following foods provide the body with various benefits.

What to Eat:

  • Organic foods (fruits and vegetables)
  • Foods rich in Vitamin C complex – These strengthens the cells and improves the body’s immune system against allergies, especially against hay fever.
  • Foods rich in Vitamin E – There are studies that showed these foods as having anti-allergy properties.

Other Treatments:

One remedy for allergies in the skin, intestinal tract, and nasal passages, discovered by Dr. Hement Pathak, an Indian physician, was to mix five drops of castor oil in water or juice, and must be taken on an empty stomach in the morning.

For allergies that are partly stress-induced, rest and relaxation, as well as mind control and meditation must be considered as part of the treatment.

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