More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergic diseases according to recent statistics.

Most individuals with allergies are not sensitive to just one substance but a host of them.

There is an endless list of allergy causing substances present in our food, drinks, the air,

and the clothes we wear to name a few examples that can trigger an allergic reaction.

Let’s address some common questions and tips to obtain allergy relief:

1.Why do we develop allergies? 

2.What causes allergies? 

3.Allergy symptoms 

4.Herbs, vitamins & supplements

Why do we develop allergies?

The exact cause of allergic reactions is still under debate.  Heredity seems to play an

important role according to some researchers and being exposed to allergens at certain times

when the body's defenses are low or weak. Allergies are the immune system's

exaggerated response to a foreign substance. Exposure to what is normally a harmless substance causes the immune system to react as if the substance is harmful. Substances

that cause allergies 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 substances that may cause an allergic reaction. The only way for someone to know

whether they're allergic to a particular substance is to get tested.)

1.Mold 2.Animal Dander 3.Latex 4.Certain Foods (ex: Nuts, Shellfish)

5.Insect Venom   6.Medications 7.Pollen 8.Dust Mites

What are allergy symptoms?

Allergy symptoms can be categorized as mild, moderate or severe (anaphylactic). Mild reactions

include local symptoms (affecting a specific area of the body) such as a rash or hives; itchy,

watery eyes; and nasal congestion. Mild reactions do not spread to other parts of the body.

Moderate reactions include symptoms that spread to other parts of the body. Symptoms may

include itchiness that spreads or difficulty breathing.

A severe allergic reaction, known as anaphylaxis, is a life-threatening emergency in which the

body's response to the allergen is sudden and affects the whole body (systemic). Anaphylaxis

may begin with severe itching of the eyes or face and within minutes progresses to more serious symptoms including swelling, which could result in difficulty swallowing and breathing;

abdominal pain; cramps; vomiting; diarrhea; hives; and angioedema (hives in the throat). Mental

confusion or dizziness also may be symptoms, since anaphylaxis causes a quick drop in blood

pressure.

Tips to obtain allergy relief:

Dust often to control mites - By dusting surfaces and washing bedding often, you can control

the amount of dust mites in your home.

Vacuum often - Although cleaning can sometimes trigger allergic reactions, with dust in the

air, vacuuming once or twice a week will reduce the surface dust mites. Make sure your vacuum has an air filter to capture dust.

Reduce pet dander - If you have allergies, you should avoid pets with feathers or fur like

birds, dogs and cats. Animal saliva and dead skin, or pet dander, can cause allergic reactions.

Avoid pollen - Keep windows and doors closed. Use an air filter and clean it regularly or run

the air conditioner and change the filter often.

Avoid mold - Mold spores grow in moist areas. If you reduce the moisture in the bathroom and

kitchen, you will reduce the mold. Dehumidifiers will also help reduce mold.

Herbs, Vitamins & Supplements:

Herbs, vitamins and other supplements can help by boosting the 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 is a powerful antioxidant. It promotes immune functions and is a natural anti-histamine.

3) Vitamin E - fights allergies. It is a potent intercellular anti-oxidant.

4) Green tea - Contains EGCG, a potent antioxidant more powerful than vitamin C & E

Other supplements (1) Bioflavonoids such as Quercetin work well with Vitamin 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 and supplements

If the above don't work than medications such as antihistamines, decongestants or a combination of both are available over-the-counter or by prescription to treat allergy symptoms.

Keep your immune system healthy so chances of developing disease are reduced.

PREVENTION IS THE BEST MEDICINE.

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