What is Allergies?
An allergy is an immune system response to triggers not recognized by the body. These triggers are called foreign substances or allergens.
Allergies are common
Your immune system’s work is to keep the body functional by fighting the invading pathogens. Normally, it adjusts to the environment. For example, the body usually recognizes pet dander as something harmless. But those with animal dander allergies have a different response to these outside triggers that may threaten the body and attacks it. Depending on the allergen, the response may be different, such as inflammation, sneezing, a bunch of other symptoms.
There could be a variety of reasons for allergic reactions. Sometimes, the body responds to a false alarm, and that could be the cause. The other times, genes and environmental factors are to be blamed.
Allergies can cause a variety of signs such as runny nose, itching, swelling, rashes, or asthma attacks. Allergic reactions may range from mild to moderate to severe ones. Anaphylaxis is a response to allergic reactions, which could turn life-threatening,
Usually, allergies are diagnosed with the help of skin and blood tests.
The signs of allergies depend on the type of allergy you are experiencing and the severity of the allergy.
Taking allopathic medications may help you ward off certain signs of allergy, but this does not work on the underlying root cause.
For food allergies
Food allergies may cause nausea, fatigue, hives, swelling, etc. Recognizing this form of allergy may not be easy because many food items can actually cause you a food allergy. So realizing which one is affecting you can be tricky. If you have a serious reaction after a meal, and the cause is not known, seek medical care.
For Drug-induced allergies
The signs may include:
- Itchy skin
- Swelling on the face
Insect sting allergy
If you have got an insect sting or bite that raise allergic signs, including:
- A large area of swelling at the site
- Itching or hives all over the body
- Cough, chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
For seasonal allergies
Hay fever signs may relate to allergies, such as cold, nasal congestion, runny nose, swollen eyes. The signs often resemble that of a common cold, so diagnosis is mostly hard. You can manage these signs at home easily using ayurvedic methodologies.
For severe allergies
Severe allergies can manifest a condition called anaphylaxis. It is an endangering condition that leads to difficulties in breathing, loss of consciousness, lightheadedness, etc. If you have any of these signs after you came in contact with an allergen, go for a diagnostic test.
Allergies on skin
Allergies on the skin can also relate to symptoms of an allergy. Perhaps, you have direct exposure to an allergen that causes signs of skin allergy.
For instance, exposure to animal danger may also cause signs of skin allergy. The signs might include choking throat, skin rash, irritation, etc.
In many cases, touching an allergen such as a plant may also cause a form of allergy called contact dermatitis. It is the result of the skin that comes in direct touch with an allergen.
Types of skin allergies include:
- Eczema. Eczema is when patches of skin can cause inflammation and bleed.
- Swollen eyes. Eyes may turn watery and puffy.
- Sore throat. The throat is also inflamed or irritated.
- Rashes. Areas of skin that turns irritated, swollen, or red. Rashes can be painful or itchy.
- Hives. Red, itchy welts of different sizes and shapes may occur on the surface of the skin.
- Contact dermatitis. It is an allergic reaction to skin that may trigger soon after you come in contact with an allergen.
- Burning. Inflammation often ends up with discomfort and burning sensations on the skin.
An allergy occurs when your immune system mistakenly considers a harmless thing for something invading. In response to this, the immune system then generates antibodies that begin its defence mechanism for that one allergen.
In case you get exposed to that trigger or allergen again, the antibodies produce a chemical called histamine that may prompt allergic signs.
Common triggers that may cause allergy include:
- Airborne allergens include animal danger, pollen, dust mites and mould
- Certain foods including wheat, fish, egg, milk, nuts, soy, etc
- Insect bite or stings, from a bee or wasp or any other
- Latex or other substances you come in touch with can cause allergic skin reactions
- Medications, such as penicillin or penicillin-based antibiotics
Certain conditions may also put you at the risk of allergy, such as:
- Having a family history of asthma or allergies
- Having hay fever, hives or eczema
- Are a child
Ayurvedic treatment for Allergy
In Ayurveda, allergy is related to weak digestion or Agni. This weak energy further may result in toxins build-up, which aggravates the life energies or doshas. It is important to have a healthy balance of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha to prevent the body from illness or distress.
The aggravation of doshas may trigger the immune system response to allergens such as dust, animal dander, pollen, foods, etc. Because the immune system is also weak by this time due to the accumulation of toxins (Ama), the defence mechanism is not fully activated. Over time, this condition may cause a chronic allergy.
Further, ama in the lungs may cause obstruction in breathing and cause coughing, wheezing or sneezing.
Pitta: If Pitta dosha is imbalanced, it releases toxins that pile up in deep issues like Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa and may cause signs of allergies.
Kapha: The accumulation of Kapha may accumulate in the respiratory channels, causing problems in breathing. The result could be coughing, wheezing, etc.
Ayurvedic treatment focuses on balancing the doshas that are aggravated, restoring the digestive fire with herbal medicines, and appropriate Satvik diet and yoga.
With the help of yoga, it is possible to expand the function of the lungs and ward off the signs of allergy. Followed by this are the procedures and therapies to reduce the toxins buildup in the body.
At AyuKarma, we work on therapies and oral administration of herbal medicines to slow down the progression of the condition and cure the underlying cause. This complete procedure is very helpful in getting rid of allergic reactions.