What is allergy and allergic reaction?
An allergy (also called hypersensitivity reaction) appears when the body’s defense system, the immune system overreacts against exposure to an allergen.
It can reach these tissues by direct contact with the skin, mucous membranes or through the bloodstream after absorption.
Examples of allergens are pollen, lasplantas, dust (mites), cosmetics, and hair of animals, vaccines, and medicines. Also, physical agents such as heat, cold and sunlight can cause allergy and, likewise, variety of foods such as oranges, milk, eggs, wheat, fish and other sea foods, chocolate, tomatoes, and strawberries.
It is important to know that allergy symptoms are not the first time came into contact with an allergen, because you need to continued exposure to the immune system begins to consider the substance as harmful and creates a defense response.
Among the most common symptoms of allergy are:
- Nasal congestion, cough, sneeze.
- Respiratory distress,
- Headache, fatigue,
- Nausea, dizziness, diarrhea,
- Eye redness, watering, burning,
- Itching, hives, swelling,
This response can be followed by sneezing, a rash, stomach problems or a runny nose.
Folk Remedies of allergy
Allergy Remedy # 1: The garlic is an excellent natural remedy for allergies so it is recommended that people who suffer so much in their meals eaten in salads especially.
Allergy Remedy # 2: If an allergic ducts have a stuffy nose, you can chew a clove of garlic and you’ll quickly notice that you breathe better.
Allergy Remedy # 3: A natural remedy is to rub really curious ears until they feel hot to unblock the nose.
Allergy Remedy # 4: Another home remedy is to chew a piece of honeycomb for ten minutes to decongest the sinuses of allergy.
Allergy Remedy # 5: In some coastal areas of America, sea salt is widely used by allergy. For this purpose, half teaspoon of diluted sea salt in a filtered water and then suck for 20 seconds, a little of this water first in one of the nostrils covering the other, repeat this procedure with the other hole and then to expel the water through the mouth.
If allergies bother you suck water directly, you can use a dropper which should enter lightly into the hole.
In this sense, the grandmothers said that the sea baths are also beneficial for healing people and with allergic sinusitis.
Allergy Remedy # 6: The cooking elder flower combat the itching, redness and inflammation of the skin often caused by allergies. To do this, boil water and half right out of the fire add 3 tablespoons of elderflower and let stand for 1 minute. It should be the vapors of this infusion, quel relieve nasal congestion, but especially to apply, still warm, with a cotton swab on the skin areas where they have gone out of the allergy itching and irritation will disappear instantly.
Allergy Remedy # 7: Mix equal parts, eyebright, nettle and boneset greater plantain. Place 1 teaspoon in a cup of water. Boil for 3 minutes, leave to infuse, cover and filter. Take three cups hot day.
Allergy Remedy # 8: People who suffer from hay fever, allergic rhinitis or hay fever can make this juice which contains ingredients such as, 4 tablespoons vinegar, 1 cup of water, a splash of juice and radishes squeeze of lemon which must be mixed and have a glass a day for 5 days.
Allergy Remedy # 9: Mix 1 cup of bran in a quart of water and apply this to the area where the skin allergy appear.
There are some very useful recommendations to prevent and control allergies which are described below:
- Install an air conditioner (both at home and in your car) and keep clean the filters often enough
- Install a humidifier which will help in the fight against pollen and mold.
- Do not smoke, and snuff the smoke can worsen allergic responses in adults and children with allergic conditions.
- Avoid irritating odors, gas, paint, smoke and perfumes.
- Breastfeeding for at least six months if possible. This helps to prevent allergy
- Keep the house clean and dust free.
- Remove the things you usually have mites as carpets
- Clean with damp cloth and vacuum the surfaces of the tables and floors in your child’s bedroom or play area.
- Keep weeds cut if you have a garden
- Save magazines, books and papers on closed shelves to prevent dusting.
- Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible
- Have as pets, fish tanks only
Use a face mask (as used by doctors and nurses in the operating room) when doing gardening chores especially by pollen or whether to use the vacuum cleaner, as it is can shed large amounts of dust.
Seal with plastic protectors, mattress and pillows in hot water and wash the sheets and pillowcases at least once a week to kill the mites.
- Make a diary of everything you eat to identify the allergen.
- Do not eat the following foods to determine if you are allergic to them or not, meat, caffeine, chocolate, citrus fruits, corn, eggs, peanuts, oats, processed products, tomatoes, salmon, strawberries and wheat germ
- Avoid products that contain artificial colors,
- Take plenty of water to thin mucus and ease of expectoration,
- Consuming milk from soya, tofu and soy meat, if you are allergic to milk, cheese and meat, as they have a high protein content.
If any of these symptoms in allergy attacks, you should consult your doctor:
- A whistle when you breathe
- Congestion in the chest that makes breathing difficult
- An attack that does not respond to OTC medicines