Allergies / Hayfever
According to the World Allergy Organization (WAO), allergies are on the rise worldwide, with the majority of cases in children.
Allergies are wide-ranging and affect individuals differently – from mild to severe. What often causes an allergic reaction is exposure to pollen, dust mites, mould spores, pet dander (skin cells that come loose, like dandruff), food (especially peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soya, fish or shellfish, eggs and milk) or medication (in particular penicillin or antibiotics with a penicillin base) and insect bites. There does seem to be a genetic component to allergies, so if you have a family member who is allergic to something, you have a greater chance of also having a similar sort of allergy. Children are more susceptible to allergies and although these can be outgrown, allergies can emerge again later in life. If you have one allergy, then you’re more likely to get another one.
Allergic reactions are also varied. Here are some symptoms:
- Allergic rhinitis (hay fever): congestion; tickly or running nose; itchy, watery or swollen eyes (conjunctivitis)
- Eczema: itchy, red, flaking or peeling skin
- Food allergy: tingling feeling in your mouth, swelling of your tongue, lips, throat or face; hives; anaphylaxis (this is an extreme reaction and can be life-threatening)
- Insect sting: swelling where the sting occurred; itching or hives all over your body; tight chest, shortness of breath, cough; anaphylaxis
- Medication: rash; itchy skin; facial swelling; wheezing; hives; anaphylaxis
The first and most important part of managing allergies is to identify the triggers and avoid them. There are some medications that assist in reducing symptoms such as antihistamine pills, decongestants or corticosteroids. See below nutraceuticals that may assist in supplying relief for allergies and hayfever.
PLEASE NOTE: Products are ranked in decreasing order of potency. Products listed nearer the top of any particular health need are the most effective and have the most scientific research to support their use in respect of such health need. Multiple products, one from each bullet (•) can be combined with products from other bullets for added effectiveness, if needed, since products from different bulleted lines have different mechanisms of action. However, where more than one product is listed within a particular bullet (•), then only one of these products should be used, since all products listed within the same bullet share an identical or similar pharmacology (mechanism of action) for that condition. This is because whenever a particular condition is treated via multiple different mechanisms of action, the result is generally improved effectiveness. However, when products are combined that work via exactly the same mechanism of action, then no extra benefit is obtained.