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

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.

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About The Author

Mayur Vibhakar is a health professional and editor of innervibrance.com, a site
dedicated to achieving optimal health through natural means. Subscribe to the
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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The
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