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treatments worse than the condition?|
|An allergy is an inappropriate or exaggerated reaction by the body's immune
system to a substance that in most people causes no reaction. Mold, dust,
pollen, pet dander, and even some foods can cause allergic reactions.|
Allergic reactions range from mild itching, sneezing or inflamed, itchy
skin, to severe hives, hay fever, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
Allergens--substances that trigger allergic reactions in sensitive individuals--can
be swallowed (food allergens), inhaled (respiratory allergens), or come
into contact with the skin.
Although most people view allergies as nothing more than inconvenient or
an annoyance, for some they are a serious and debilitating condition heavily
impacting their quality of life. Allergies effect over 1/3 of the population
and can cause asthma. Allergic reactions may also cause dizziness, eczema,
fever, hay fever, high blood pressure, hives, hypoglycemia, mental disorders,
and stomach ulcers.
Allergy shots (Immunotherapy) and antihistamines are the most common treatments
used to treat allergies. Their potential effectiveness is limited to allergies
other than from foods.
Allergy shots involve giving gradually increasing doses (in some cases up
to five years) of the substance, or allergen, to which the person is allergic.
The increasing doses are supposed to cause the immune system to become less
sensitive to the allergen. Allergy shots do carry the threat of severe adverse
reactions. In some cases people have died after receiving an allergy shot.
Antihistamines are a classification of drugs that treat allergies through
blocking the effects of histamine, a chemical released in body fluids during
an allergic reaction. They can reduce itching, sneezing, and runny noses.
Antihistamines carry risks related to memory, and cognition. They can impair
thinking; cause sedation effects similar to alcohol, delayed reaction times,
reduced ability to focus and impaired memory. They have been shown to impair
children's learning and school performance. They have also been linked to
fatal automobile accidents and occupational injuries.
Elder is reknowned for its beneficial effect on colds and flu and allergies.
Elder flowers contain anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve the
discomforts of upper respiratory tract infections. Additionally, this herb
helps to reduce the excessive mucous production that occurs during colds,
flu, and allergies.
Oregano is an effective treatment for allergies and allergic complaints.
It reduces mucous production and thins the mucous that is produced. This
reduces coughing, sneezing and congestion. It helps to open clogged sinus
passages allowing for easier breathing. Oregano relieves spasms in the bronchial
passages allowing for easier breathing.
Eyebright has traditionally been used to treat conditions of the eyes and
mucousal membranes. Acting as an astringent, it helps to control over-production
of catarrh in the eyes, nose, and throat. Eyebright has anti-mucous and
anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce and relieve the symptoms, and
misery of allergies.
Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic herb that boosts the immune system. It
is effective in treating many infections and irritations. Goldenseal is
ideal for allergy sufferers, as it is a mucous membrane anti-inflammatory
that cleanses, soothes and dries mucous membranes.
Natural alternatives can provide new options to allergy sufferers without
frightening risk. There are no cases described in the medical literature
of systemic allergic reactions to oregano. However if you are allergic to
any of the herbs listed above, do not attempt to use them as part of your