2 simple steps of Awareness & Avoidance to tackle Allergies

Posted by Raakesh Desai on

Introduction

Millions of people worldwide suffer with some kind of an allergy. Allergies are listed as one of the top 10 chronic illnesses. There is no age or gender associated to allergies and anyone get allergic to a substance at any time. An allergic reaction could be triggered by internal and external factors most of which, when found, could be controlled. While allergies are not always life threatening but they can be a huge irritant and interfere with your day to day life. Allergies tend to elicit reactions on the skin, digestive system & respiratory system. Skin allergies can appear anywhere on the body as they are cosmetic in nature. They could form visible lesions making it extremely frustrating and emotionally disturbing for the person. Whereas, respiratory or digestive reactions caused by allergies actually interfere with the function of the body. The respiratory reactions could be severe and in rare cases could be fatal. Asthma is a severe chronic respiratory allergy affecting millions of people worldwide.

What are allergies?

Allergies are a hypersensitive reaction by the body’s immune system to any foreign bodies (allergens). Allergies show a genetic predisposition and are transferred from parents to children, but it is not necessary for you to have the same allergy as your parent/s. When a person suffers from allergies the immune system’s response is abnormally aggressive, as it wrongly perceives the allergen as a threat to the body, even though it is a harmless everyday substance.

To explain in common terms, the body has an inbuilt defense mechanism to attack foreign substances entering or coming in contact with a person. Our immune system helps the body defend itself against all allergens and infections. When our immune system starts to behave in a dysfunctional manner the body becomes hypersensitive. The body starts to react to regular everyday substances including food items as it is unable to differentiate between the harmful and harmless substances. This causes an allergic reaction on the body which differ from person to person.

 

Some of the common type of allergies and their reactions listed below:

Type of Allergies

Impacts & cause

Reactions

Hay Fever | Allergic Rhinitis

 

Respiratory organs are affected. Reactions are caused due to environment changes or contact with allergens or food items

  • Sneezing
  • Itching of eyes, nose & ears
  • Redness or swelling of the eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Leaking or stuffy nose

Food Allergies

Food allergies can cause a reaction on the skin, digestive or respiratory system. Food allergies can also trigger a severe reaction

  • Swelling of lips, tongue, throat, eyes
  • Hives or skin rashes
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Breathing difficulty

Atopic Dermatitis | Eczema

This skin reaction is caused due contact with allergens or food items and can be aggravated due to emotional disorder or stress

  • Dry, itchy & scaly skin patches (Rash)
  • Rash on scalp or cheeks common in infants
  • Rash or red patches on hands, legs in the creases of the elbow & knees
  • Rash around face & neck
  • Tough & dry skin leads to cracking and bleeding
  • Rash & darkening of skin around the eyes

Insect bite

 

This can affect the skin and the respiratory system predominantly and could trigger a severe reaction

  • Large swelling
  • Rash, itch or hives on the body
  • Cough or breathlessness
  • Chest tightness 

Medicine or drug

 

This can affect the skin, digestive and the respiratory system and could trigger a severe reaction

  • Swelling of the lips, eyes, throat or all over the face
  • Rash on the skin with severe itchiness
  • Hives
  • Wheezing or breathlessness

 

In addition to the list above, lifestyle habits such as smoking, environmental/seasonal changes, pollution, hormonal changes and mental health issues (Stress, Anxiety and Depression) can trigger any of the above allergic reactions. Most allergies are assumed to be associated with contact – food related, environment related, etc. Finding mental health to be the cause of allergies is often overlooked.

How will Homeopathy help you?

Homeopathic treatment can help individual who are dealing with allergy related issues in a holistic manner. Suppression or avoidance is temporary but homeopathic medication targets the root cause without any side effects. Allergies need to be treated and by suppressing it, it only shifts from one place to another for e.g. skin allergies suppressed through ointments often show a sign of a respiratory allergies. Suppression can aggravate and complicate the situation as the reaction to the allergens move from the skin to a vital organ of the digestive or respiratory system and could impair its functioning. Homeopathic treatment is safe, natural & gentle. Achieve Holistic Wellness offers personalized homeopathic treatment which focuses on the overall well being of the mind, body & soul of each individual. Subscribe Now to avail a flat 25% discount.

Take 2 steps to tackle Allergies 

Step 1: Awareness - Being aware of your allergens is the most difficult but essential step. Allergic reactions often show symptoms within 24-hours since coming in contact with the trigger. This is when you track the allergens by way of consumption of food or medicines, exposure to smoke, perfume, dander, pollen or other factors including emotional issues. The sooner you start tracking the faster you will be aware of the allergen/s causing reactions.

Step 2: Avoidance - Once you have narrowed down the probable allergens, immediate action point is to begin avoidance. Start testing by using the elimination method to find or zero down the allergen/s. Try the avoided substance from the list one at a time and watch out for any signs of a reaction. This way you will soon be able to find your allergies. Many people have multiple or several allergies, the elimination method can be very helpful to identify the specific allergens. Listed below are some of the known substances which can cause a reaction:

  1. Preservative and artificial food colors
  2. Perfumes and other strong odors
  3. Cold and/or sour food items
  4. Citrus fruits
  5. Seafood allergies, fish and/or shellfish

Follow our suggested mantra of Awareness & Avoidance.

Co-authored by

Raakesh Desai & Dr Monica Matani


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