Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from some form of allergic disease and the numbers continue to rise. Allergies involve a chain of complex events that occur in your immune system. A common thread among all allergic diseases is the existence of Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. However, the physical symptoms can vary greatly. Some of the most common allergies include hay fever, asthma, and eczema, among a host of others.
There is no cure for allergic diseases, so it is only possible to lessen uncomfortable symptoms. Avoiding triggers, if possible, is the first line of defense. Physicians often prescribe medications or allergy shots (immunotherapy) to reduce inflammation and to reduce your reaction to allergens. Immunotherapy is not recommended for children under the age of 5. As with all medications, there are possible reactions such as increased allergy symptoms and anaphylaxis.
There are many benefits to salt room therapy in reducing allergy symptoms including, reducing the IgE level in your body.
This is one of the most common illnesses in the United States, affecting more than 50 million people. Sneezing, itching, a runny or stuffy nose are common symptoms of this disorder. There are two kinds of rhinitis: allergic and non-allergic. Allergic rhinitis is caused by allergens--both indoor and outdoor--such as animal dander, dust mites, and airborne tree, grass, and weed pollen. If your body is sensitive to a particular substance and you have allergic rhinitis, your immune system attacks the substance by producing histimines which causes the symptoms to kick in. Non-allergic rhinitis is characterized by year-round symptoms such as nasal congestion and a runny nose. As its name suggests, non-allergic rhinitis does not involve the immune system. It is not well understood by physicians why this form of rhinitis occurs. One theory is that it can result as a side effect of medications such as overuse of nasal decongestant sprays, oral contraceptives, erectile dysfunction medications, and certain blood pressure medications.
Also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, the symptoms of hay fever are triggered by allergens such as plant and tree pollen, grasses, weeds, and mold. Hay fever season is particularly noticeable in the spring and fall. This condition affects more than 35 million people in the United States. Symptoms occur when allergens touch the lining of the nose (mucous membrane) of a person who is sensitive to that particular allergen. Hay fever sufferers experience congestion, drippy nose, itchy, watery eyes. Problems often resulting from hay fever include sinusitis and ear infections (otitis media).
Doctors typically prescribe nose spray, antihistimines and decongestants to reduce symptoms. Shots may also be prescribed. Why not try Respira's natural, drug-free salt room therapy to alleviate your symptoms?
Allergies can predispose a person to developing sinusitis. This condition is characterized by an inflammation of the hollow cavities found around the eyes and behind the nose. If you've suffered from sinusitis, you know how uncomfortable it can be. The symptoms of sinusitis and rhinitis are very similar. Rhinitis is a swelling of the mucous membranes of the nose while sinusitis includes swelling of the sinuses in addition to the nasal passages.
Also known as atopic dermatitis, the symptoms of eczema often result from allergen exposure to the skin. It is not a contagious disease. Symptoms include itching, reddening, flaking, or peeling of the skin. Itching the affected skin can cause bleeding and eczema usually affects the face, elbow and knees and is more typical in children but can also occur in adults. If you have a family history of asthma or hay fever, your are more prone to eczema. Common triggers include foods and contact with irritants such as soaps or pets. Identifying the trigger is the most important step in eliminating the problem.
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