What is an Allergy?
Homeopathy and Allergy – An Allergy is a disorder whereby a part of the body becomes hypersensitive to particular antigens known as allergens which provoke characteristic symptoms whenever they are subsequently ingested, injected, inhaled, or otherwise contacted.
Normally antibodies in the bloodstream and tissues react with and destroy specific antigens without further trouble.
In an allergic person, however, the allergens provoke the release of a class of antibodies (IgE) that become bound to cells in the body’s tissues, which in turn leads to the release of histamine and serotonin and the symptoms of an allergic response.
Different allergies afflict different tissues and may have either local or general effects, varying from asthma and hay fever to severe dermatitis or gastroenteritis or extremely serious anaphylactic shock.
The most common allergens include:
- Animal fur, feathers
- Pollens (grass, tree, flower, weeds)
- House dust
- House dust mite
- Some drugs
- Many foodstuffs (fish, eggs, milk, nuts, certain fruits, wheat)
- Stings (bees/wasps)
- Detergents / chemicals
What Are The Possible Symptoms of Allergies?
IF THE SKIN IS AFFECTED:
- Eruptions / rashes
IF THE EYES ARE AFFECTED:
- A sensation of foreign body in the eye
IF THE CHEST IS AFFECTED:
- Shortness of breath
- A sensation of tightness in the chest/suffocation
- Congestion / increased mucous production
IF THE EAR, NOSE AND THROAT ARE AFFECTED:
- Runny Nose
- Nasal congestion
- Itching in the nose, soft palate, inner ears
- Postnasal drip
- Redness of the mucosa
IF THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT IS AFFECTED:
- Nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea
- Abdominal pain
- Bloating and flatulence
NB. ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK is potentially life-threatening and requires urgent medical attention. The symptoms of anaphylaxis may include:
- Wheezing and difficulty breathing
- Shortness of breath
- A severe and sudden drop in blood pressure
- Difficulty swallowing
- Swelling of the lips, tongue and throat
- Pain in the abdomen
- Skin reaction like hives
- Nausea and vomiting
How Are Allergies Diagnosed?
- Blood tests can detect increased IgE in the serum
- Skin patch test
- Skin prick test
- Food sensitivity screening
How Can Homeopathy Help?
Homeopathy and Allergy -Your first appointment with a homeopathic practitioner will be around one hour long. Based on your individual complaints, your homeopath will aim to treat your complaints but also the potential underlying cause. For example, there may be a strong genetic predisposition to allergy in your family.
Homeopathy and Allergy -There are many homeopathic remedies that your qualified homoeopath may consider when treating allergies that may alleviate the symptoms of allergy:
Where the skin is affected (for example, allergic dermatitis):
- A large area of urticarial / hive-like eruptions which generally burn or the patient experiences a prickly, burning pain. The skin is worse for heat or scratching.
- Dietary-related skin eruptions which are mostly dry, thick and hard and they may itch and burn.
- Skin eruptions associated with abdominal bloating, and abdominal pain after eating. Constipation may also be present.
Where the eyes, ears, nose and throat are affected (for example allergic rhinitis):
- Profuse, thin, acrid nasal discharge, redness of and burning sensation in the eyes and frequent sneezing. There may also be associated with headaches, cough and hoarseness.
- Spasmodic sneezing with running nose. Frontal sinuses painful and eyes are red, burn and water profusely.
- Headache and profuse discharge from the eyes and nose. The lachrymation seems to burn or scald the skin while the nasal discharge is bland and clear. The eyelids feel burnt and swollen and there may be a build-up of sticky mucus in the eyes.
Where the chest is affected:
NB this condition should always be monitored by a medical professional and if your symptoms are severe you should seek medical attention immediately.
- Sudden wheezing in the chest, the chest is full of mucus, cough is constant, possibly with nausea.
- Exhausting, wet cough due to excessive mucus in the chest, which is difficult to raise. The tongue may be thickly white-coated.
Where the digestion is affected (gastroenteritis due to food allergy):
- Diarrhoea is due to eating bad foods in general, but especially after eating shellfish.
- Severe colicky pains which force the patient to bend over double. Diarrhoea after eating.
- Diarrhoea after eating or drinking dairy products.