Alternative Treatment Methods for Allergies

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Alternative Treatment Methods for Allergies

Allergies can be incredibly frustrating to deal with, especially with the citrus trees blooming in Arizona. This time of year has people walking around with red eyes, sneezing attacks and pressure headaches. Allergies will affect everyone differently, with many people not experiencing any symptoms at all. For those who unfortunately do suffer from allergies, many alternative treatment options are available.

Alternative Treatment for Allergies

Herbal Treatment

Certain herbs and nutrients can help manage allergy symptoms. Before treating yourself, you should consult a naturopath to discuss herb dosage and frequency for many important reasons. For instance, some with certain conditions may take medications that might react negatively to the herbs or supplements. On the other hand, some people may think they have allergies but could actually be suffering from a different illness. A naturopath can help determine a supplemental program best for you and your symptoms.

Supplements like Quercetin, Skullcap, EGCG (green tea), and Nettle Leaf have antihistamine properties that treat allergy symptoms very effectively.  An overactive immune system causes allergy symptoms, because it attacks antigens it thinks are dangerous. Supplements like vitamin C, vitamin D, probiotics, Elderberry and Spirulina help optimize the immune system, which helps stops allergy symptoms from forming. Some supplements (Bromelain) can even target certain symptoms, like inflammation in the sinuses. There are numerous combinations that can be tailored for a specific individual.

Immunotherapy

If supplements aren’t providing enough relief or symptoms are severe, a more pre-emptive approach may be necessary. Immunotherapy also helps optimize the immune system. As previously mentioned, an overactive or imbalanced immune system produces an aggressive attack when a harmless antigen is detected. Immunotherapy restrains the immune system so that certain antigens are no longer considered a threat. This process is a slow one that takes many months, but is also a permanent allergy solution.

Immunotherapy works by introducing miniscule amounts of pollutants to the body. Slowly over time, the amount is increased to get the immune system use to pollutants.

Immunotherapy can be done a few different ways. One of the better known programs are the allergy shots administered in a doctor’s office. This approach can be time consuming, painful, expensive and could potentially cause a serious allergic reaction.

An alternative approach is using sublingual drops that are dispensed at a doctor’s office, but are taken daily at home. Most drops are natural and can be taken by anyone including children. Drops can be customized by a naturopath for the patient to ensure the best response. This is one of the better options for natural allergy treatment.

For many people, allergies are unavoidable. Buying over the counter medications to combat allergy symptoms is a temporary fix that includes side effects like drowsiness, and may not be suitable for children. This fix can be a vicious cycle that never improves the actual cause. Herbal treatment and Immunotherapy is highly suggested for anyone wanting to rid themselves of allergy symptoms.

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