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Dealing With Allergies

Posted by on May 9, 2013 in Self Care Tidbits | 0 comments

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Allergies are abnormal, immune system reactions to things that are typically harmless to most people.

Allergic reactions can be mild, like a runny nose or severe, like difficulty breathing. An asthma attack, for example, is often an allergic reaction to something that is breathed into the lungs of a person who is susceptible.

Some types of allergies produce multiple symptoms. And in rare cases, an allergic reaction can become very severe.

This severe reaction is called anaphylaxis (ah-nuh-fuh-lak-sis). Some of the signs of anaphylaxis are difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, loss of consciousness as well as swelling of the lips, tongue and throat or other parts of the body.

Anaphylaxis usually occurs minutes after exposure to a triggering substance, but some reactions may be delayed by as long as four hours.

Luckily, anaphylactic reactions don’t occur often and can be treated successfully if proper procedures are followed.

The tendency to develop allergies is often hereditary, which means it can be passed down through your genes (thanks a lot mom and dad!). However, just because a parent or sibling might have allergies, that doesn’t mean you will definitely get them too. A person usually doesn’t inherit a particular allergy, just the likelihood of having allergies.

The two things that can overcome allergies are:

  • Extended mono diets with periods of water fasting.
  • Repeated exposure to the food causing the reaction. Start by holding it and smelling it, then in time, licking it, then tasting it and eventually swallowing some. It appears food allergies are the body’s response to extreme shortage of a specific nutritional component. I have seen this work for people dozens of times.

Hay fever is most frequently caused by breathing in plant pollens such as ragweed and grass pollen, which are the worst offenders. Symptoms include headaches, itching in the eyes, nose and throat, pain in the head and sinuses, red, post-nasal drip and runny or stuffy nose. A clear, watery, discharge from the nose and eyes can also occur along with sneezing and nervous irritability.

Water and salt nasal sprays can help relieve symptoms as well as drinking one teaspoon of salt to one gallon of chilled water. Stop using all supplements as they tax the body’s systems.

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