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Did You Know That Natural Herbs And Vitamins Will Help With Allergy Relief? - Articles Surfing

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergicdiseases. A recent nationwide survey found that more thanhalf (54.6 percent) of all U.S citizens test positive toone or more allergens; among specific allergens, dust mite,rye, ragweed, or cockroach caused sensitization inapproximately 25 percent of the population.

This article will provide tips for allergy relief. Theinformation covered below will address the followingquestions:

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 justone substance but a host of them. There is an endless listof allergy causing substances present in our food, drinks,the air, and the clothes we wear to name a few examplesthat can trigger an allergic reaction.

Why do we develop allergies?

The exact cause of allergic reactions is still underdebate. Heredity seems to play an important role accordingto some researchers and being exposed to allergens atcertain times when the body's defenses are low or weak,such as after a viral infection or during pregnancy, alsomay contribute to the development of allergies. Allergiesare the immune system's exaggerated response to a foreignsubstance. Exposure to what is normally a harmlesssubstance, such as pollen, causes the immune system toreact as if the substance is harmful. Substances that causeallergies 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 substancesthat may cause an allergic reaction. The only way forsomeone to know whether they're allergic to a particularsubstance 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 orsevere (anaphylactic).Mild reactions include local symptoms (affecting aspecific area of the body) such as a rash or hives; itchy,watery eyes; and nasal congestion. Mild reactions do notspread to other parts of the body.

Moderate reactions include symptoms that spread to otherparts of the body. Symptoms may include itchiness thatspreads or difficulty breathing.

A severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis, is alife-threatening emergency in which the body'sresponse to the allergen is sudden and affects the wholebody (systemic). Anaphylaxis may begin with severe itchingof the eyes or face and within minutes progresses to moreserious symptoms including swelling, which could result indifficulty swallowing and breathing; abdominal pain;cramps; vomiting; diarrhea; hives; and angioedema (hives inthe throat). Mental confusion or dizziness also may besymptoms, since anaphylaxis causes a quick drop in bloodpressure.

Tips to obtain allergy relief

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

Vacuum often - Although cleaning can sometimes triggerallergic reactions, with dust in the air, vacuuming once ortwice a week will reduce the surface dust mites. Wear amask when doing housework and consider leaving for a fewhours after you clean to avoid allergens in the air. Youcan also make sure your vacuum has an air filter to capturedust.

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

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

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

Herbs, Vitamins & Supplements

Herbs, vitamins and other supplements can help by boostingthe 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 isa powerful antioxidant. It promotes immune functions andis natural anti-histamine.
3 Vitamin E - It fights allergies. It is a potentintercellular anti-oxidant.
4.Green tea - Contains EGCG, a potent antioxidant morepowerful than vitamin C & E

Other supplements
(1) Bioflavonoids such as Quercetin work well withVitamin 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 andsupplements

If the above don't work than medications such asantihistamines, decongestants or a combination of both areavailable over-the-counter or by prescription to treatallergy symptoms. Nasal sprays such as topical nasalsteroids and cromolyn sodium also can be used to treatallergy symptoms. Immunotherapy and allergy shots arerecommended for relief needed over a long period of time.

Obtaining allergy relief through natural means such astaking the herbs and vitamins recommended above is the bestroute to take without incurring side effects, however, ifthe allergy is severe and debilitating than prescription orover the counter medications may be needed. PREVENTION ISTHE BEST MEDICINE., Keep your immune system healthy sochances of developing disease are reduced.

For more information please visithttp://www.innervibrance.com/allergy_relief/

(c)Mayur Vibhakar - All rights reserved.
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Mayur Vibhakar

Mayur Vibhakar is a health professional and editor of innervibrance.com, a site dedicated to achieving optimalhealth through natural means. Subscribe to the informativehealth articles and receive health improvingtips, natural product reviews and relevant healthinformation.

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