Monday, August 28, 2017


The term ‘allergy’ refers to the reaction of immune system to the several environmental substances that are not necessarily considered pathogens and are harmless to most of the population. The substances that caused allergic reactions are called allergens. Allergies happen when the immune system overestimates the danger of foreign elements and reacts. It is the response of the system that results in allergic reactions. There are several symptoms that indicate that a person is having allergic reactions.

How do we get allergies?

Our immune system is conditioned to generate response to harmful foreign elements. However, allergic reactions and autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system fails to differentiate between harmful and harmless cells and external stimuli. In allergies, the immune system responds against foreign elements (be it food substance, medicines or other environmental proteins) that are not harmless in nature. This inappropriate response of immune system is termed as allergic reactions and it results in several symptoms. Watery eyes, itching, appearance of hives on the skin, nasal congestion and rashes are quite common.

Where do allergies come from?

There are several sources to which a person can have allergic reactions. Remember that allergies are subjective, so an allergen for one person might not be one for someone else. However, there are some common sources of allergies that affect the majority of the human population.

1.      Food allergies: When the immune system overreacts against some foods or the ingredients, it generates an immune response. Food allergies can be hereditary and run in families. Even though food allergies aren’t confined to one group, the most common allergens are fish, nuts and dairy products.

2.      Drug allergies:  Drug or medicine allergies are caused by allergic reactions of immune system to chemicals in drugs. Certain antibiotics, insulin from animal sources and seizure treatment drugs are some of the allergens. Remember that there is a difference between drug allergies and side effects of medicine.

3.      Seasonal allergies: Allergies that are triggered by the environment like mold, pollen, grass, fungal spores, etc. are seasonal in nature because they are dependent on the prevailing environment and climate.

4.      Animal allergies: Pet dander, insect bites and stings can also induce allergic reactions in the human body.

5.      Dust allergies: Dust can trigger severe allergies in some, and even induce symptoms close to that of asthma.

How allergy treatments work?

In the following section we will discuss how certain allergy treatment works.
Antihistamine: In many allergic reactions, histamine is the responsible chemical released by the immune response causing allergies. Antihistamine is used to suppress the production of histamine and to limit allergic reactions.

Immunotherapy: People who suffer from severe and persistent allergies that can’t be alleviated through conventional treatments are subjected to this treatment. In immunotherapy, the immune system is adapted by introducing minimal dosages of allergens into the body. The goal of this treatment is to get the body used to the allergens which strength the immune responses and limits its response.

List of allergy treatments

There are several allergy treatments that can be recommended by physicians according to the allergy type.
  •        Nasal corticosteroids sprays
  •         Mast cell stabilizers
  •         Antihistamine drugs
  •         Corticosteroid creams
  •         Decongestant sprays
  •         Oral corticosteroids drugs
  •         Epinephrine injections

It is difficult to completely neutralize the effects of allergies, but one can lessen their effects by avoiding allergens and through professionally prescribed allergy treatments.


DR. JESSE A. STOFF is an internationally renowned physician with extensive credentials in clinical immunology and holistic medicine. A graduate of New York Medical College, he pursued extensive post-doctoral training including a fellow- ship at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in LondonEngland. He has authored/co-authored countless articles and 8 books including co-authoring the bestseller "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Hidden Epidemic" and The Prostate Miracle.

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