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An allergy is an abnormal reaction of the body's immune system to a foreign substance. Well known foreign substances include pollen, food, animal hair, dust mites and certain drugs. Initially the trigger substance does not cause any symptoms but the immune system is put on alert. Antibodies are produced by the immune system against the allergen and certain types of white blood cells become sensitive to it. Later contacts stimulate specialized cells (mast cells), to release histamine which triggers the allergic response. A typical allergic response involves runny nose, itchy red eyes, sneezing, itchy skin, rash, chest congestion and difficulty breathing. These symptoms can be seen in allergic rhinitis, hayfever, asthma, urticaria and allergic eczema. Severe allergic reactions involve anaphylactic shock and angioedema, the symptoms being swollen face, lips and tongue, wheezing and difficult breathing, itchy, red rash and intense anxiety. Allergies can also affect the digestive tract with symptoms being bloating, flatulence, inflammation, indigestion, heartburn, nausea, loose bowel motions or constipation.

In herbal medicine allergies can be treated with immuno-modulating herbs, anti-histamine, demulcents, anti-inflammatory, decongestant, anti-tussive herbs. Every individual is treated uniquely and holistically. Reducing the amount of contact with the allergen is important also. This can include elimination diets, air purifiers, HEPA filter vacuums, allergen proof bed covers etc. Some herbs used are very powerful and are therefore only acquired through a qualified medical herbalist.

                                     Sally Wynne Herbal Medic, 76A Hoole Rd, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 3NL.  01244 34 32 36.  07859 940300.

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