Your eyes itch, your nose is running, you're sneezing, and you're covered in hives.
The enemy known as allergies has struck again.
There has to be something you can do to feel better. After all, doctors seem to have a cure for everything, right? Unfortunately that is not the case when it comes to allergies, but rest assured there are ways to avoid and relieve the symptoms.
Did you know?
If your sneeze was a car it could get a speeding ticket. When you sneeze, particles fly out of your nose at up to 160km/hr.
A sneeze is the body's way of getting rid of something that is irritating the nose.
What are allergies?
Allergies are abnormal immune system reactions to things that are typically harmless to most people. When you're allergic to something, your immune system mistakenly believes that this substance is harmful to your body.
In an attempt to protect the body, the immune system produces IgE antibodies to that allergen. Those antibodies then cause certain cells in the body to release chemicals into the bloodstream, one of which is histamine.
The histamine then acts on the eyes, nose, throat, lungs, skin, or gastrointestinal tract and causes the symptoms of the allergic reaction. Future exposure to that same allergen will trigger this antibody response again. This means that every time you come into contact with that allergen, you'll have an allergic reaction.
Allergic reactions can be mild, like a runny nose, or they can be severe, like difficulty breathing. An asthma attack, for example, is often an allergic reaction to something that is breathed into the lungs by a person who is susceptible.
What could I be allergic to?
Some of the most common allergens are:
Certain foods: Food allergies often subside as people age. Some food allergies can be quite serious, and some simply cause symptoms like a stuffy nose or diarrhea. Most common food allergens are milk, eggs, wheat, soy, nuts and seafood.
Insect bites and stings: The venom in insect bites and stings can cause allergic reactions, minor or severe.
Micro particles: These are the most common allergens and are often called environmental allergens, such as dust mites or pollens.
Medicines: some prescription and over the counter medicines can cause reactions. These reactions are caused by your body responding to the chemicals of the medicine.
Chemicals: Some people can have an allergic reaction to cosmetics or laundry detergents, this could appear in the form of a rash. Other common chemical allergies include dyes, household cleaners and pesticides.
Natural Prevention & Management
First and foremost, try to avoid things you're allergic to!
Depending on what allergies you have, ensure to:
- Check food labels
- Thoroughly clean dust and dander from around the home
- Stay away from products that cause reactions
If you're taking medication, follow the directions carefully and make sure
your regular doctor is aware of all your allergies.
Use natural products throughout your daily routine, as these contain no harmful ingredients that can irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions.
Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil and Spray can be used to minimise surface and airborne allergens. Wipe any hard surface with Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil, it will clean and freshen too. Spray Bosisto's Eucalyptus on curtains, carpets, bedding and any surface, it will kill 99.99% of germs and give your home the fresh fragrance of the Australian bush.
Bosisto's Dust Mite Wash is a highly effective treatment for the elimination of house dust mites, a major cause of asthma, eczema and other allergies.
Bosisto's EucoFresh Allergen Wash is a low allergenic natural laundry liquid perfect for sensitive skin or people with allergies. It contains no harmful chemicals to irritate skin or cause reactions. Bosisto's EucoFresh Allergen Wash also reduces dust mite allergens and can be used in conjunction with Bosisto's Dust Mite Wash.