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We sprung the calendars ahead this week and it's officially allergy season, the perfect time to nail down what causes allergies and how to avoid them, because, let’s be honest:
No one wants seasonal allergies. No one.
So let’s get to it! In this post:
Allergies are immune responses to external substances that don’t generally cause a reaction in other people exposed to the same material. For example, pollen, peanuts, bee venom, and more.
These substances or “triggers” are identified by your immune system as a “harmful” agent and it creates a chain reaction where it produces antibodies to “protect” you from the foreign substance. This results in inflamed sinuses, skin, airways or the digestive tract and system.
What causes allergies is then a combination of your genetic predisposition to a certain trigger or allergen and your body’s immune system response to it.
The severity of the allergy isn’t depending on the allergen but on the individual immune response, going from a minor irritation or sneeze, to a potentially life-threatening condition called “anaphylaxis.”
There are multiple types of allergens, but these are the most common ones causing allergies in the US.
There is no definitive answer as to what causes allergies and why some people are affected by a particular allergy, while others live allergy-free lives, even if they have markers for it.
It is possible that the first time a person comes in contact with an allergen their body may not produce a reaction, but save the information gathered by the immune system and label a harmless element as a threatening one. Once the individual is sensitized to that specific allergen future exposures will produce an allergic reaction, ranging from mild to serious.
There is no known final cure for allergies, but a healthy diet, preventative medicine and health practices may reduce and completely avoid allergic attacks. Additionally, there are multiple treatment options to manage these conditions, depending on what causes allergies and their severity in your body.
Everyone is different but here's what's happening when you see allergy symptoms - and some of our natural solutions.
In order to keep your body safe, your body triggers a chain reaction that ends in either mildly discomforting allergy symptoms or life-threatening ones. We break it down for you:
Severe allergic reactions may develop into further complications, these are the top related issues to known allergies:
If you're asking yourself: Can allergies cause sore throat? Can allergies cause coughing? or Can allergies cause fever or hay fever?
The answer is yes: these are all part of the immune response to allergens, where the sore throat is the result of irritation, coughing the consequence of nasal leaking or histamine reaction (for expulsion), as well as itchiness in the skin and/or in some cases fever.
The immune response to allergens brings out histamine production and we combat it with prescription and over the counter antihistamines. Here’s a brief definition of both:
An organic nitrogenous compound that participates in the immune response against allergens, but that also regulates physiological function in the gut and acts as a neurotransmitter for the brain, uterus, and spinal cord. It is a critical factor in the control and regulation of the itching sensation.
Histamines are told by the immune response that there is an allergen and act as club bouncers to get the “undesirable” element out of your system, via the mucus of the nose or skin. Essentially what causes allergies to feel uncomfortable and make us take notice.
Histamines have multiple action mechanisms:
Histamine binds with specific receptors located in various cells around the body to cause the immune response we know as “allergy” symptoms. Antihistamines are chemicals that reduce the uncomfortable effects of histamine in those cell receptors, ultimately providing relief for anything from nasal congestion to hives.
Antihistamines, simply put, create an opposing reaction to histamine receptors. These drugs are usually available OTC and are very effective (they’re what causes allergies to go away!)
The most common prescription an over the counter antihistamines are:
However, there are also natural antihistamines you may want to consider as an alternative option if you don’t know what causes allergies in your specific case.
Say healthy and avoid those pesky reactions with these simple steps you can implement today:
If you find that over the counter medication and natural remedies are not helping you keep allergies under control, please consider consulting a physician and getting help as you may need prescription medication.
Fight off seasonal allergies armed with the necessary knowledge to determine what causes allergies for you in particular, boosting your probiotic and Vitamin C intake, and keeping that histamine in check!
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