Allergies: Symptoms and Remedies Treatments and Natural Medicine

Treatments and Remedies for Allergies: Symptoms & Types

Definition of Allergy
The term allergy has come to be defined as "any biological state of organic reactivity and altered sensitivity to a substance, called allergens. Also defined as "biological condition caused by the reaction to a specific type of antigen-antibody and which manifests itself only after the second contact with the allergen.

Our bodies produce a reaction against any external stimulus (physical, chemical or microbial) which is normal as our immune system is always in a constant state of alert.

However, sometimes when the body has a second contact with a certain substance (allergen) our body is already sensitized by the first contact and so does not react in a normal fashion but differently. This second way of reacting differently is what we call "allergies".

Then the question arises: Why does the body react to the same substance differently this second time? The answer is that the first contact with the allergen has "sensitized" our body so that when it has a second contact, it responds differently.

With this in mind we continue to define the term "allergy" as "any change in sensitivity and reactivity of the body to a allergenicity given substance (allergen)."

Anergy
To better understand the functioning of our body we must understand how to react to stimuli. Our bodies can be immunized against viruses, chemicals, etc.. through the action of the immune system. We can say that thanks to the acquired immunity, a state of abolition from normal reactivity to external microbial stimuli exists. If our body is armed or immunized against the aggressor, it does not react in any way, it is simply oblivious to it because it doesn't fear its enemy.

However, we call "anergy" in the absence of normal reactivity. In medicine, this lack of its own reactivity is the sign of a good immune system and is considered "positive anergy". There is also "negative anergy, ie the lack of response to microbial agents caused by the body being in a state of weakness and impotence against infection.

To summarize what we have said so far:
* Positive Anergy: The lack of reactivity thanks to a perfectly functioning immune system.
* Hiperergia: Reactivating more than normal. Hyperreactivity.
* Nomergia: Reactivating normal, non-allergic.
* Hipoergia: Reactivity lower than normal. Hyporeactivity
* Negative Anergy: Total lack of positive reactivity caused by disability or weakness.

With this in mind, the word allergy would correspond to the state of Hiperergia.

Types of allergies and symptoms
According to the different types of allergens, ie substances that act by forming antigen and specific antibodies, the body produces an allergic state, there are different types of allergy.

* Allergy to pollen from flowers and other plant products. This group includes hay fever and vasomotor rhinitis, and many cases of bronchial asthma. Similar to these two forms of allergies are allergic sensitization states related to other plant substances such as seeds and cereal flours (wheat, oats, corn, etc..), Leaves, roots, etc.. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis are congestion, itching, runny nose, watery eyes

* Drug allergy. This can be congenital (family character) or acquired. This includes the majority of pathological reactions to medicines like aspirin, antibiotics, sulfonamides, anticonvulsants, contrast media for x-rays Some of the symptoms that can cause this type of allergy are: nervous agitation, malaise, nausea, vomiting, difficulty in breathing, hypotension, itching, skin rashes of eczema.

* Food allergies. This is a special form of allergy that originates in some people who are especially sensitized to certain food, among which are: crustaceans, fish, meat, eggs, milk, fruits, vegetables and even certain types of wine. In these cases the awareness arises after consuming certain food many times. There have also been cases where just with the first intake of a certain tpye of food, an allergic reaction has resulted.

* Allergies to epidermal animal substances. A considerable number of cases of bronchial asthma and other allergic manifestations are due to a state of hypersensitivity to parts from animal skin such as hair from horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, sheep, etc..

* Allergies caused by bacteria or infective alergies. This is the type of allergy that develops in certain stages of infection and complete microbes or chemical fractions of the microbial body (toxins or poisons bacillary) recognize them as allergens. An example of this is the tuberculous allergy, ie tubercle bacillus and its toxins.

* Allergies to other substances. This could include dust, mites, metals such as nickel, certain insect stings and hundreds of other chemicals that are responsible for many allergic states.

Mechanism of an allergy in the body
Given that the allergen isn't more than one antigen, ie a substance capable of producing antibody formation, and once the organism has been sensitized to the allergenicity substance , when it comes into contact with the substance again, the phenomenon would be an allergic reaction between antigen and antibody. This reaction has been termed specific because antibodies are only capable of reacting with the substance that provokes the allergy when injected the first time and not a different one.

Histamine and allergic reactions
According to studies, the antigen-antibody produces a sudden and violent discharge of certain substances: histamine or histaminoides products, which cause different types of allergic symptoms.

Histamine is the best known chemical mediator of allergic reactions and is the cause of many symptoms of allergies such as hives, itching, nasal congestion, sneezing, etc..

Histamine is a biological amine involved in local immune responses, it also regulates physiological functions in the stomach and acts as a neurotransmitter. New evidence also indicates that histamine plays a role in leukocyte chemotaxis.

Why don't all people have allergies ?
Clearly not all react the same way to certain substances. The answer is simple. Only some individuals are allergy-prone ie only a certain number of people can become sensitized against a substance, causing the phenomenon of reacting abnormally which creates an allergy. This type of reaction is in most cases inherited from parents. According to studies up to 70% of those suffering from bronchial asthma descend from families who have experienced allergic reactions.

Treatments for allergies
Some of the treatments consist of trying to desensitize the body to that substance.

In allopathic medicine antihistamine medications are commonly used as they prevent the development of allergic reactions by neutralizing the discharge of histamine. Then there are the traditional medications for each symptom as bronchodilators (Ventolin) in bronchial asthma, etc..

Natural Treatments for Allergies
People who have allergies are always encouraged to follow a diet that is the most ecological as possible, free of preservatives, sweeteners and chemicals that may produce such reactions. Furthermore, the detoxifying dieting, releasing toxins has allowed many people to improve their symptoms. Recall that in many cases that hypersensitivity to allergens is acquired from our parents and therefore we can break free from this and our bodies can get back to normal.

Natural remedies for allergies
Some of the medicinal plants used to improve symptoms of allergies are: dandelion, nettle and agracejo(barberry). Black currant, Fumitory, Pensamiento, Elecampane, Horehound.

Remedies for allergies with Homotoxicology
Among the products of homotoxicology (homeopathy 2nd generation) we find some medicines to have a substantial anti-allergic action. The main ones are:

Apis-Homaccord

The presence of edema at any level.
Allergies of the oropharynx. Glottis edema, acute urticaria.

Engystol

A great polychrest of homotoxicology that is helpful with allergies that are caused by a weakened immune system or infectious diseases.

Husteel

Drug hemotoxic with spasmodic symptoms at a tracheobronchial level

Euphorbium Compositum

Very useful for allergic reactions affecting the nose.
Principal method of administration: nasal spray.

Drosera Homaccord

Remedy for spasms.
Bronchial realted allergies causing coughing fits and wheezing.

Lymphomyosot

Specific for the drainage of the conjunctive tissue of the allergic patient.
Emunctories essential for preparing the drainage of toxins.
This is one of the main hometoxology remedies used for allergies.

Mucosa Compositum

Mainly used when the mucous membranes (respiratory or intestinal) are affected by allergic disorders

Sulfur-Heel

Antiallergic action affecting the skin.

Graphites Homaccord

Specificly skin related, very useful when used in early childhood.

Traumeel

Its action is the regulation of inflammation.
Allergy problems particularly affecting the mucous membranes.

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