What is an allergy?
An allergy is an abnormal reaction or increased sensitivity to certain substances. The allergic individual produces symptoms when exposed to these substances, which are harmless to non allergic people. The main reason for this is that allergic people make a special type of antibody called immunoglobin E, which can react with environmental substances in harmful way. These substances which lead to secretion of antibodies are called allergens.
The reaction between allergen and antibodies causes the release of substances such as histamine, which produce allergic symptoms in the skin, the nose, the eyes, the chest, etc.
The most common allergens are animal dander, pollens, house dust, house mites, moulds, some drugs, and many food stuffs, especially fish, eggs, milk, and nuts. Bee and wasp stings may cause allergic reactions, with fatal results in rare cases. Additionally, feathers, wood, dyes, cosmetics and perfumes may act as allergen.
Two main types of allergies
Seasonal allergies like hay fever are ore common in the springs when plant pollination begins. tress and grass cause most symptoms in the spring, while ragweed is responsible for the majority of autumn symptoms.
Perennial allergies are usually year around problems. Common triggers for perennial allergies include mould spores, pet dander and dust mite.
Common allergens are pollens (trees, grass, and weeds). Moulds, house dust, dust mites, bee stings, medications, foods, animals, air pollutants.
Allergic reactions or diseases may involve any part of the body; the most frequently involved are the nose and chest, with results of hay fever, asthma, respectively. The skin and eyes also commonly show allergic symptoms.
Symptoms of allergy:
Skin related allergy symptoms are itching, redness, burning, eruptions, rashes, dryness.
Eye related allergy are itching from the eyes, redness, watery eyes, foreign body sensation in the eyes.
Respiratory tract related allergies are wheezing, cough, shortness of breath, congestion, feeling of suffocation.
Allergic rhinitis symptoms are watery air runny nose, itching in the nares, nasal congestion with stuffy nose, post nasal drooping, itching in the eyes and throat, redness of tip of the nose, watering from eyes may be associated with these symptoms.
Gut related allergy symptoms are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sick feeling, abdominal pain, gas. A life threatening reaction to food is called an anaphylactic reaction and symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, severe fall in the blood pressure, difficult swallowing, swelling of lips, mouth and throat, stomach pain, hives, nausea, vomiting.
Diagnosis of allergy may include blood test, skin patch test, skin prick test.
Homeopathic treatment for an allergy.Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic system of medicine. The selection of a remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using an holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat the allergy, but to addresses underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved remedies are available for homeopathic treatment of allergy that can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic practitioner.
There are few important remedies for the homeopathic treatment of allergy as follow:
- histamine; allergy to dust, strong perfumes
- natrum muriaticum; allergy to bread, acidic food
- kali bich; allergy to beer, alt liquor
- sepia; allergy to warm boiled milk
- hepar sulph; alergy to cod liver oil
- carbo veg; allergy to aspirin, and liquors, salt butter, bad eggs, poultry items.
- sulphur; allergy to antibiotic
- bryonia; allergy to castor oil
- nun vomica; allergy to coffee
- allium cepa; allergy to onion
- apis mel; allergy to heat
- arsenicum album; allergy to cold drinks, fruits, rotten foods, iodine
- dulcamara; allergy to dampness
- ailanthus; allergy to smell of flowers
- thuja; allergy to sweets, fatty meats, onion.
- argentum nitricum; allergy to sugar
- tellurium;allergy to rice
- petrolim; allergy to cabbage
- nitri spiritus dullness; allergy to cheese\justicia adhatoda; allergy to dust, coryza with profuse nasal discharge and sneezing in the evening.
Sure enough over the counter medications will give you hot and temporary relief, with drowsiness.
The big problem is that it ignores nature’s infallible law of action followed by an equal opposite reaction.
The result is that attacks of the complaint keeps coming back with vengeance. An ever increasing dose of the medication is required as the patient becomes more resistant to its side effects. And then side effects, so commonly accepted, add to the misery of the already troubled patient.
Unfortunately, like most vaccinations, allergy shots are based on only one law of homeopathy, ignoring two other essential ones; one remedy or substance at the time, prepared in infinitesimal doses.
The overall tendency to sensitivity and to allergic reactions can be permanently changed, for life, through homeopathy. This type of constitutional chronic treatment can only be done by a homeopathic practitioner. Your homeopath practitioner will be able to give you a special remedy.
Francine Kanter, RsHom, CCH
212 Chelsea Pl Ave
Ormond Beach FL 32174