Most people blame a lot on allergies. However, a lot of people do not even know what allergies really are. For the most part, an allergy is nothing more than an abnormal reaction to normally harmless substances. This reaction is caused by your immune system. Most people have something that they are allergic to. For the people that do not, then they do not have any abnormal reactions to any known substances.When people come into contact with their triggers, or the substance that they are allergic to, their allergies go haywire.
As you can more than likely already guess, allergies are very common in the world. In fact, they say about one in every five people suffer from some kind of allergy. This is estimated to be just about 50 million Americans, and that does not include the rest of the world. To make matters worse, there is no cure for allergies. There are things that we can do to prevent them and to treat them, but there is nothing that you can do to make your body no longer react to a certain substance. Do note that sometimes people will grow out of certain allergies, and other times they will not.
Allergy symptoms are pretty easy to spot. In fact, they are the tings that normally send us to the store to get some over-the-counter medication to knock it out. Things like runny noses and stuffy noses are very common. Other people could have itchy nasal passages, sneezing, or even itchy throat and ears. A lot of people also have chest tightness, coughing, and wheezing. In fact, some people get cold symptoms and allergy symptoms mixed up, because they have a lot of things in common. Either way, all of these symptoms are pretty easy to spot, and when you notice them, you should go in to get it diagnosed.
The main problem that doctors have with diagnosing allergies is that there is no one lab test that can tell you what you are allergic to. Thus, the doctor is going to ask you a lot of questions about your allergy symptoms. It is very important that you tell the doctor everything about your allergy symptoms. This is going to come in handy when the doctor is telling you how to avoid these allergies later on, as well as help him get you some allergy relief.
Here is the tricky part, getting allergy relief. There is no way to completely get rid of your allergies, unless you just grow out of them. If that does not happen, then you are going to have to count on different kinds of allergy relief drugs to help you get by. Some of the drugs are going to reduce the inflammatory response that your body gives whenever you come in contact with the allergy. These drugs have proven to be a great way to avoid allergy symptoms altogether. Other people like to use antihistamines. Most of the time, these come in tablet form, and they relieve certain things like itching and sneezing. Also, these antihistamines help to prevent your nasal passages from being blocked up (congested). The best things about these drugs is that you can buy them over-the-counter. Thus, if you know that you have allergies, you can just go get some of these drugs and save yourself a trip to the doctor. If none of this stuff works, then you might have to go get an immunoterapy, which is better known as an allergy shot. This is normally only given to people that have very bad seasonal allergies. Sometimes this is also given to people who do not seem to be responding to other types of treatments.
A lot of people do not like pumping drugs into their system. They will do whatever they can to make sure that they can handle all of their health problems naturally. The good news for these people is that there are a lot of home remedies for allergies. For example, if you want an anti-histamine but do not want to take a drug for it, then you might want to try chamomile tea. This actually acts as a natural anti-histamine. Just by having a few cups of this great stuff a day, you can give your body a natural way to fight off allergens. Another good thing to try is garlic, the wonder herb! It seems like garlic is great for fighting off just about every health problem you can think of, and this goes double for allergies. It can help build up your immunity against the allergens that you are allergic to. Others have noted that honey works wonders as well. It helps to fight off allergies, and it also helps to block pollen (which is a big allergy for most people). Do keep in mind that all of these benefits of honey are lost after it has been cooked, so you have to eat it uncooked. As you can see, there are a ton of great allergy home remedies out there for you to use. Of course, these allergy home remedies only work if you are not allergic to the actual remedy. For example, if you are allergic to garlic, then it is not going to help you get over that allergic reaction.
Allergies are one of the hardest things for people to deal with. Mostly this is due to the fact that you can not completely cure yourself. Either way, if you take everything one day at a time, you can help fight off your allergic reactions. Remember the stuff that we talked about today, and remember the allergy home remedies as well. These can come in handy later on when you are looking for allergy relief.