Did You Know That Natural Herbs And Vitamins Will Help With
Allergy Relief?   
by Mayur Vibhakar

1.Why do we develop allergies?
2.What causes allergies?
3.Allergy symptoms
3.Tips to obtain allergy relief
4.Herbs, vitamins & supplements

Most individuals with allergies are not sensitive to just one substance but a host of
them. There is an endless list of allergy causing substances present in our food,
drinks, the air, and the clothes we wear to name a few examples that can trigger an
allergic reaction.

Why do we develop allergies?

The exact cause of allergic reactions is still under debate. Heredity seems to play an
important role according to some researchers and being exposed to allergens at
certain times when the body's defenses are low or weak, such as after a viral
infection or during pregnancy, also may contribute to the development of allergies.
Allergies are the immune system's exaggerated response to a foreign substance.
Exposure to what is normally a harmless substance, such as pollen, causes the
immune system to react as if the substance is harmful. Substances that cause
allergies are called allergens.

What causes allergies?

Allergies may be caused by any of the following. NOTE: this is just a partial list; there
are countless substances that may cause an allergic reaction. The only way for
someone to know whether they're allergic to a particular substance is to get tested
by an allergist.

1.Mold
2.Animal Dander
3.Latex
4.Certain Foods (EX: Nuts)
5.Insect Venom
6.Medications (EX: Penicillin)
7.Pollen
8.Dust Mites

What are allergy symptoms?

Allergy symptoms can be categorized as mild, moderate or severe (anaphylactic).
Mild reactions include local symptoms (affecting a specific area of the body) such as a
rash or hives; itchy, watery eyes; and nasal congestion. Mild reactions do not spread
to other parts of the body.

Moderate reactions include symptoms that spread to other parts of the body.
Symptoms may include itchiness that spreads or difficulty breathing.

A severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis, is a life-threatening emergency in
which the body's response to the allergen is sudden and affects the whole body
(systemic). Anaphylaxis may begin with severe itching of the eyes or face and within
minutes progresses to more serious symptoms including swelling, which could result
in difficulty swallowing and breathing; abdominal pain; cramps; vomiting; diarrhea;
hives; and angioedema (hives in the throat). Mental confusion or dizziness also may
be symptoms, since anaphylaxis causes a quick drop in blood pressure.

Tips to obtain allergy relief

Dust often to control mites - By dusting surfaces and washing bedding often, you can
control the amount of dust mites in your home.

Vacuum often - Although cleaning can sometimes trigger allergic reactions, with dust
in the air, vacuuming once or twice a week will reduce the surface dust mites. Wear a
mask when doing housework and consider leaving for a few hours after you clean to
avoid allergens in the air. You can also make sure your vacuum has an air filter to
capture dust.

Reduce pet dander - If you have allergies, you should avoid pets with feathers or fur
like birds, dogs and cats. Animal saliva and dead skin, or pet dander, can cause
allergic reactions.

Avoid pollen - Keep windows and doors closed. Use an air filter and clean it regularly
or run the air conditioner and change the filter often.

Avoid mold - Mold spores grow in moist areas. If you reduce the moisture in the
bathroom and kitchen, you will reduce the mold. Clean moldy surfaces. Dehumidifiers
will also help reduce mold.

Herbs, Vitamins & Supplements

Herbs, vitamins and other supplements can help by boosting the immune system
and/or provide allergy relief.

Herbs that may help by boosting the immune system
1. Echinacea
2. Garlic

Vitamins that may help by boosting the immune system
1.Vitamin A
2.Vitamin C - Very effective at fighting allergies. It is a powerful antioxidant. It
promotes immune functions and is natural anti-histamine.
3 Vitamin E - It fights allergies. It is a potent intercellular anti-oxidant.
4.Green tea - Contains EGCG, a potent antioxidant more powerful than vitamin C & E

Other supplements
(1) Bioflavonoids such as Quercetin work well with Vitamin C as an anti-histamine to
tackle allergens.

Obtaining allergy relief involves a 2 pronged attack.

1. Avoid allergy triggers such as the one's mentioned above
2. Boost the immune system by using herbs, vitamins and supplements

If the above don't work than medications such as antihistamines, decongestants or a
combination of both are available over-the-counter or by prescription to treat allergy
symptoms. Nasal sprays such as topical nasal steroids and cromolyn sodium also can
be used to treat allergy symptoms. Immunotherapy and allergy shots are
recommended for relief needed over a long period of time.

Obtaining allergy relief through natural means such as taking the herbs and vitamins
recommended above is the best route to take without incurring side effects,
however, if the allergy is severe and debilitating than prescription or over the counter
medications may be needed. PREVENTION IS THE BEST MEDICINE., Keep your
immune system healthy so chances of developing disease are reduced.

(c)Mayur Vibhakar - All rights reserved.
About The Author

Mayur Vibhakar is a health professional and editor of innervibrance.com, a site
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More than 50 million Americans
suffer from allergic diseases. A
recent nationwide survey found
that more than half (54.6
percent) of all U.S citizens test
positive to one or more
allergens; among specific
allergens, dust mite, rye,
ragweed, or cockroach caused
sensitization in approximately 25
percent of the population.

This article will provide tips for
allergy relief. The information
covered below will address the
following questions:
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