Allergy is defined as a hypersensitive state acquired through exposure to a particular allergen and subsequent re-exposure to the same allergen, which is then triggered by an inappropriate immune response; breathing in hickory pollen and then sneezing.
An allergen is defined as a substance capable of inducing an allergic response.

Examples of allergens include foods, dust mites, drugs, mold spores, feathers, animal dander, and pollens. Allergies may develop when an otherwise innocent substance comes into contact with an already inflamed surface. This inflamed surface could be due to an infection, exposure to irritants, or other inflammatory triggers. The allergen somehow becomes caught up in the immune response. Thereafter, repeated exposure initiates an allergic reaction. This reaction involves several different inflammation causing chemicals including histamine, leukotrienes, interleukins, and free radicals.

Most people think of allergies only affecting the eyes (dry or red eyes), nose (hayfever, runny or congested) or skin (hives or rashes). However any part of the body may be affected by allergies including the lungs, stomach, and brain. Allergies can initiate or contribute to headaches, sinusitis, asthma, hives, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, fatigue, joint pain, autoimmune arthritis, muscle pain, and a host of other symptoms.

The most severe reaction is known as anaphylactic shock and is a medical emergency.

Traditional medical therapy includes the use of antihistamine (Benedryl, Zyrtec, etc.), leukotriene inhibiting drugs (Singular), and perhaps desensization shots.
Unfortunately, while these approaches can be helpful, they yield little long -term relief. Antihistamines may cause fatigue, dry mouth, dry eyes, and mood disorders.

Chronic Sinusitis
Chronic sinus infections may be the result of bacterial or fungal infections. Sinus infections are usually treated with antibiotics and steroids. However, antibiotics will only make fungal sinus infections worse. If you have chronic sinus infections you should be using a daily nasal rinse program.

Natural approach that has worked for our patients
Refer to the Foundations of Health and Restoring Balances pages for information on creating a healthy terrain less prone to allergies.

For chronic allergies and sinusitis, using a Hydro Pulse Nasal and Sinus irrigation system initially does much to calm down the oversensitized tissue in the sinus passages.  We suggest starting with Argentyn 23, an ionic silver preparation that helps control growth of bacteria, then using the hydropulse with a saline solution.  Used at first sign of airborne allergic reaction this does much to minimize the reaction.

Consider Intranasal Light Therapy.  This will increase the health and resilience of the cells in the sinus passages as well as the other health benefits.  We've had a number of patients minimize their allergies and chronic sinus problems this way.

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