What is an allergy?An allergy is an inappropriate response by the body’s immune system to a substance that is not normally harmful. In some people, the immune system wrongly identifies a nontoxic substance as an invader, and the white blood cells overreact and do more damage to the body than the invader.
What are common signs and symptoms of environmental allergies?Seasonal nasal congestion, itching, burning eyes, hives, coughing and headaches.
What are the most common substances that can provoke seasonal allergies?
In Colorado these include trees such as Elm, Cottonwood, Cedar, Juniper, Pine and Aspen, and other plants such as ragweed, pollen, thistle, dust and sage.
Other substances that can provoke an allergy include:nickel, cosmetics, lanolin, animal dander, dust mites, some common drugs such as penicillin, aspirin and sulfa drugs, some food additives such as benzoic acid and sulfites and chemicals found in soap and laundry detergents.
How does natural treatments differ from traditional allergy treatments?Natural treatments do not use drugs such as steroids that treat only the symptoms and tend to mask the cause. Natural treatments build the immune to prevent allergies.
Most people with environmental allergies have food allergies. When you identify the food allergies and eliminate them the environmental allergies go away.
What foods can provoke an allergic reaction? Some of the most common allergenic foods include chocolate, dairy products, eggs, shellfish, strawberries, citrus fruits, corn, wheat, food additives, preservatives and dyes.