Do you just generally feel miserable from seasonal allergies and hay fever.
- October generally heralds the beginning of the allergy season, which is officially underway when plants start flowering and pollination begins, but can start as early as September and can continue into March.
- The word allergy originates from two Greek words meaning ‘altered reactivity’. An allergy or hypersensitivity occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to a normally harmless substance.
- An inherited predisposition can be a factor in the development of allergies, although anyone is at risk of becoming over-sensitive to a commonly encountered substance.
- Most people do not have to suffer for the rest of their lives with altered reactivity to normally harmless substances.
An allergic response is the immune system over reacting to a substance it normally shouldn’t and is failing to recognise the difference between a foreign substance such as pollen and itself. This can occur when the immune system of the person is overwhelmed, and the body has chosen an “over-reaction” to “whatever is around at this time” to get your attention.
Allergic reactions can occur due to traumatic events or perceptions of events in a person’s environment. Basically a person is “over-reactive”
People experience variations in allergic intensity and duration of symptoms.
- How do I deal with my hay fever, allergies or health challenges?
- Be informed.
- If you are tempted to take medications – check out the side effects list thoroughly.
- If you wish to and can afford to – get an allergy test.
- Find out from a BodyTalk or Accunect Practitioner what you body needs to be less reactive – you may be surprised that you are reacting to things other than pollens & other substances and as a result of your sessions these will clear up too. What would you give to be calmer & less reactive?
In the case of so called “inherited” allergies, this can be as simple as a belief that because the rest of the family or some of the family had it, then I will get it – and that is just what happens, or can be deeper and on a genetic level – this can be caused either by a sensitivity to the allergen or a belief that has been so thoroughly believed it has become encoded into your blueprint. As easily as it has been encoded, it can be decoded!
Pollen grains; microscopic, fertilising dust that transports the male sex cells of flowering plants in order to fertilise other flowers. These pollen grains are what initiating many spring allergies. Pollens generally come from trees, grasses and weeds and is carried easily by the wind from plant-to-plant and therefore in the air we breathe and that wafts over our skin.Which is why the allergy seems worse on windy days! Pollen from brightly coloured flowers, transported by bees and other insects, usually does not trigger allergies unless a person has prolonged and direct contact with them.
Pollens aren’t the only culprits causing allergic reactions. Animal fur (dander), certain foods, dust mites and chemicals can all affect sensitive individuals, often resulting in the symptoms and discomfort being present all year round.
When pollen grains, or other antigens are breathed into our nasal passages or contact the membranes of our eyes, they release proteins (antigens), which are exposed to our blood vessels and through the blood to our immune system. This leads to the pairing of the antigen to an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). This antibody is present in all of us to some degree, but occurs in higher quantities in people prone to allergic reactions. (people who are generally more reactive)
The combination of pollen protein and IgE initiates the release of a chemical called histamine from our mast cells.
Histamine is responsible for producing the symptoms of an allergy, e.g. swelling, redness, itchiness and secretion of mucus.
In some cases this persistent irritation can lead to mucus build-up in the nasal passages and chest; creating an ideal breeding ground for the bacteria and viruses that lead to painful and stubborn conditions such as sinusitis.
So do you have a cold or an allergic reaction? Some distinct differences are:
- A cold will usually start with a sore throat, may involve a fever, cough, foul-tasting postnasal drip (mucus running down the back of your nose into your throat), yellow or green mucus and a mild headache. Most colds clear up within 4 to 10 days depending on how strong your immune system is.
- Allergic reactions can include sneezing fits, itchy, swollen or bloodshot eyes, itching ears and nose, a tickly throat, nasal congestion and a runny nose with clear mucus. More serious reactions can trigger asthmatic or eczema conditions.
There also seem to be some serious virus appearing at the present moment that are challenging the medical model. With the tools of BodyTalk & Accunect we are able to help the body to launch an appropriate attack on them and getting to the root cause.