by Michele Carelse on March 31st, 2011 at 7:00 am
In addition to seasonal and perennial outdoor allergies, there are also other allergens that can affect you, even while indoors! As discussed in Part 1, there are many things that can be done naturally to deal with allergies, both safely and effectively – without resorting to addictive pills, potions, lotions, drops and sprays! Check out how to naturally combat symptoms of these other three types of pesky allergens.
Environmental allergens (airborne particles)
This type of allergy is the body’s response to substances that are inhaled at your home, school or workplace. Environmental allergens can be caused by dust mites (tiny bugs that live in house dust), mold spores, mildew, and animal dander (flakes of scaly, dried skin, and dried saliva from your pets).
An environmental reaction may cause you to sneeze, cough, wheeze, suffer with a runny or stuffy nose, or itchy eyes. The problem with environmental allergens is that they can occur all year round. In order to control environmental allergies, you have to find out what is causing the allergic reaction.
Once you know that, you can take action and eliminate the offending allergen from your environment. If you are allergic to dust mites, cover your mattress with allergy-proof covers and change your heating filter regularly. If pet hair is responsible for your allergy, vacuum your carpets, furniture and other areas of your home.
Chemicals are everywhere, including your home. Certain perfumes, scented products, solvents and cleaning agents, pesticides, new carpet, car exhaust, air pollution, plastics, formaldehyde and cigarette smoke can cause an allergic reaction. Chemical allergies typically affect the skin, but can also irritate the mouth and respiratory tract.
Cosmetics may also trigger allergic reactions because they contain thimerosal (a preservative). Hair coloring dyes can also cause an allergy, resulting in a skin rash. Some people may be sensitive to allergy triggers found in eye drops, contact lens solutions, toothpastes, mouthwashes, cosmetics, soaps, sun-block or tanning products. It is highly recommended that if you are allergic to cosmetics, you should use hypoallergenic products.
Food allergies are more common in infants and children than adults. Some foods can cause severe illness; however, most food allergies, cause symptoms such as an itchy rash, a stuffy nose and diarrhea. The most common foods to cause allergies in adults are shrimp, lobster, crab, and other shellfish, peanuts (one of the chief foods responsible for severe anaphylaxis), walnuts and other tree nuts, fish, and eggs. In children, eggs, milk, peanuts, soy and wheat are the main culprits.
Children may outgrow their allergies to milk, egg, soy and wheat; however, allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shrimp are usually permanent. If you suspect a certain food (such as wheat) is causing an allergic reaction, try to eliminate it temporarily from the diet. This may take a while to establish and eliminate the root culprit, but it will be well worth it! Remember too – try and eat organic foods, as a lot of foodstuffs are pesticide carriers that may trigger chemical allergies.
What you can do
Regular periods of detoxing can be very beneficial, especially in the case of environmental and food allergies. But is there a natural way to detox? Using Taraxacum officinalis, Foeniculum vulgare and Pelargonium reniforme can be used at regular intervals through the year to detox, and help guard against chemical and artificial-based allergies.
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