Spring allergies: what to do?
The long-awaited spring has brought with it bright sunny days, the fragrance of flowers, positive emotions and … familiar to many of us are allergic. Manifestations of spring allergies – sneezing, watery eyes and throat irritation – may spoil the mood of anyone. Why do our bodies react to one of the most beautiful times of the year?
In general terms, an allergy – this hypersensitivity of the immune system with repeated exposure to the allergen. It is found that in recent years significantly increased the number of people suffering from allergies. According to scientists, this may be due to several factors: heredity, increased consumption of chemicals and chemical products, the use of antibiotics, poor quality foods containing dyes, stabilizers, thickeners, and the so-called sterile internal environment.
Doctors call allergic plague of the third millennium. According to statistics, in the world from some form of allergy suffer from 20 to 40% of people. In Russia, allergies are not traditionally considered to be a dangerous disease, and it is not given due attention. As a result, this leads to the fact that today half of the patients to self-medicate. Thus, in Russia only 18% of the patients seek professional help in the first year allergy.
Swelling of the lining of the nose – allergic rhinitis.
Redness and pain in the eyes – allergic conjunctivitis.
Bronchospasm, shortness of breath, asthma.
Feeling of fullness in the ears, sometimes – the pain and hearing loss.
Skin rash (eczema, urticaria), food allergies – to elbow with the abdomen and groin.
Sometimes the headache.
Spring allergies: Causes and treatment
In the spring of our body is updated, and the activities of all organs and systems becomes more active. In combination with a vitamin deficiency leads to increased stress on the body – it becomes vulnerable. When round bloom plants and their pollen is carried at a high speed, mucous membranes of the nose and eyes, as well as begin to inflamed airways. Spring allergy symptoms occur spontaneously: the man suddenly starts coughing and sneezing, then he having a bad cold and watery eyes.
Spring pollen allergy occupies 30-75% of all reported cases. In the central regions of Russia is more common allergic to tree pollen and grasses, in a moderately hot regions of Stavropol and Krasnodar territories – to ragweed pollen, grasses and sagebrush.
According to studies, about 250 million people each year suffer from allergic rhinitis, or hay fever.
Especially strong allergy symptoms appear on windy days, when pollen is carried down the street at high speed. Allergy sufferers breathe easier in the rain, when pollen is nailed to the ground. The most common cause of spring allergies is pollen of trees such as ash, alder, beech, aspen, elder, cedar, poplar, elm, cypress, juniper, maple, mulberry, oak, pine, willow.
Everyone who pursues spring allergies, the question arises: how to alleviate their condition? To do this, traditionally there are three ways:
Elimination of the allergen (causes allergy).
Medications for O antibodies.
The most effective way of treatment is to remove the allergen from the environment. To do this in the house of the patient is carried out with the help of clean air purifiers with carbon filters. If possible, the patient is recommended to change the place of residence at the time of acute allergic reactions.
The next way – taking antihistamines – only relieves the symptoms of allergies. Moreover, almost all of these drugs cause drowsiness, thereby reducing the rate of life. Sometimes, when strongly expressed allergies, taking antihistamines is ineffective.
In some cases, the patient is assigned to immunotherapy – the patient is administered the allergen in small doses, gradually increasing concentration. As a result, produces immunity to the allergen. Such treatment should be carried out before the start of allergy symptoms.
The natural response to allergies
Natural solution for the prophylaxis and prevention of allergies would spring consumption of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, namely gamma-linolenic acid. The fact is that in case of an allergic response in the body is a release of serotonin and histamine, which leads to the development of the effects associated with allergies: redness, itching, asthma, edema. In order to make cells more resistant organism to allergens requires gamma-linolenic acid.
Once in the body, omega-6 acid is transformed to prostaglandin E1. It accumulates in the cells of a special substance that makes them more resistant to allergens. Thus, gamma-linolenic acid plays a vital role in providing an anti-inflammatory effect in the case of allergic and autoimmune inflammation.
The source of gamma-linolenic acids are borage oil and evening primrose oil, as well as biologically active additives.
Spring allergies: an integrated approach
To allergies in the spring and did not spoil the holiday good mood beforehand visit an allergist. Take care to have in your medicine cabinet was always necessary medicines to relieve the symptoms of allergies. In addition, try not to overload the body toxins – stick to a diet and give up potential food allergens:
Foods with preservatives, flavors, flavor enhancers.
Products with high allergenic potential (milk, eggs, eggs, carrots, tomatoes, strawberries, citrus, pomegranate, kiwi, persimmon, chocolate, nuts, ice cream, etc.).
At this time, it is advisable not to plan vaccination, especially for children, as well as any medical intervention.