Allergies, Treatment for Allergies
It’s common for many people have some sort of allergy. Allergies are affected by your genetic makeup and the environment. And, treatment for allergies varies.
Normally, the immune system protects your body against harmful things like bacteria and viruses, which are foreign substances. But, your body also reacts to allergens, which are also foreign. These are typically harmless and do not cause a problem. However, for someone with allergies, the immune system over-responds. The body then releases histamines, which cause allergy symptoms.
Some even have allergic reactions to extreme temperatures, sunlight, or other environmental causes.
Allergies are not usually hereditary. However, if both parents have allergies, their children are likely to have allergies. There is also a higher chance if your mother has allergies.
Allergies may worsen some medical conditions, like asthma, sinus problems, or eczema.
Allergies bothering you today?
New England Urgent Care can perform a physical exam and evaluate your situation. And, provide allergy testing to determine whether your symptoms are caused by an allergic reaction or something else altogether. Stop in any day. No appointment is needed.
- Some medications can cause non-allergic reactions, like a rash
- Food poisoning may cause symptoms similar to food allergies
- A runny nose or a cough may actually be from an infection, not from allergies
Treatment for Allergies
Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) need to be immediately treated with epinephrine.
New England Urgent Care can administer several types of medications to prevent and treat allergies. Treatment depends on the type and severity of your symptoms, your age, and overall health.
Tips for Reducing Indoor Allergens
- Want to reduce swollen, puffy eyes/face? Prop your head up on two pillows when sleeping
- Reduce dust mites and mold spores. Keep the indoor humidity below 50% with a dehumidifier adjusting the setting on your air conditioning system
- Shower before bedtime to wash off any pollen
- Wipe your pet’s feet when they come in from outdoors to wipe away outdoor allergens
- Vacuum rugs and mop floors regularly
- Change your bedding sheets weekly and wash them in hot water
- Avoid using gel styling products during high-pollen days as allergens tend to stick to the gel
A Natural Way to Help Fight the Effects of Allergies
Eat bland foods. Skip spicy foods, which can cause the production of more histamines. Histamines are chemicals your body releases during allergic reactions (sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, etc.).
Eat honey. Especially local honey, which contains the pollen causing your allergies. This will actually help build up your immunity towards those allergens.
Drink green tea (hot or cold). It contains natural antihistamines and will help lessen your symptoms.
Eat more fish. Omega-3s found in fatty fish, like salmon, trout or tuna boost your immunity and have anti-inflammatory effects.
Eat pineapple. It’s packed with vitamins C and B, and the enzyme Bromelain, which can reduce swelling in the nose and sinuses.
Alcohol: Even one glass of wine or an alcoholic beverage could irritate existing allergies during allergy season. Researchers think the bacteria and yeast in the alcohol produce histamines.
Cow’s Milk: Products made from cow’s milk can increase mucus production, especially if you experience post nasal drip. However, goat’s milk has much less lactose and causes almost no allergies.
Tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich in histamines and share similar proteins to those found in pollen. If you eat them on high pollen-count days, the tomato proteins may cross-react with pollen and could cause what is known as “oral allergy syndrome.” Hint: if grass pollen gives you a scratchy throat, eliminate fresh tomatoes from your springtime diet.
Sugar: Avoid sweets during allergy season. A spike in blood sugar triggers an insulin response and that can lead to congestion.