An allergy is an abnormal reaction  usually to ordinary harmless substances come across in day to day life. These sensitizing substances, called allergens, may be inhaled, swallowed or come into contact with the skin.
              When an allergen is absorbed into the body it triggers white blood cells to produce IgE antibodies. These antibodies attach themselves to mast cells causing release of potent chemical mediators such as histamine, causing typical allergic symptoms. Allergies are generally the body's effort to eliminate something which it considers unsuitable.
Histamine is released when the allergens invade your body
              Anyone can develop an allergy, but the probability is increased if one or both parents suffer  from some kind of allergic condition. Indeed, the presence of another allergic individual in the  family is the strongest factor for predicting allergy in a child.
              It must be noted, though, that even when both parents are affected, a child may not have. Conversely, allergic children are born to normal parents and in such  other factors, such as infection, may be responsible for the development of the allergy.
     
What are the Allergic Diseases?
        Are the  very common  allergic diseases. Food  intolerances  and  joint pains are also reported to be the allergic manifestations by some individuals. Anaphylactic shock is a severe allergy which affects many organs at the same time causing a rapid decrease in blood pressure, fainting and sometime fatal.This is commonly reported from drugs  such as penicillin  used  by  allopathic medical practitioners. Such a reaction, though, is rare.
     
What are the Allergic Triggers?
              Allergy  varies from person to person. It  is a hypersensitivity to foreign substances which are normally harmless but produce a violent reaction in some susceptable people. Allergens  may be inhaled, swallowed  or come into contact with the  skin. An  allergen  which  produce  symptoms on a particular  patient may not have effect on  another allergic patient.
  • Allergic Foods
  • Airborne Allergens
  • Contact Allergens
  • Drug Allergens
1. Allergic Foods
             It is very difficult to find out the food which causes allergy. Normally, high protein foods, citrous foods and the yeast content foods may cause an allergy. Allergic  reaction varies from person to person :

              "One man’s meat is another man’s poison.” For example, a person may develope allergic reaction to an egg intake which does not produce any allergic symptom in an another allergic patient. These foods may or may not produce allergy but try to follow “Elimination  Diet.”

               Man-made drugs are major cause for allergy. It is well-known  that  the antibiotic penicillin has produced allergy in many individuals. Many people  had lost  their  lives. Commonly  the  modern medicines used  to  treat pain  and  swelling  has  widely  produced  allergy. Some vaccinations and foreign sera,  such  as  anti-snake  venom etc. have high  risk.The  drugs  administered  as   raw  and material dose, on long-term, basis will have some side-effects.This  should not be misinterpreted with allergy.
     
2. Airborne Allergens

 

Allergy to Animals

If you are allergic to animal hair or fur, reduce contact with them to a minimum. Symptoms will disappear at least for a while following removal of hair and fur from the surrounding.  In many cases, removal of household pets is the only solution -- although it can prove to be emotionally traumatic.
If  removal of pet is not  possible, do not allow the pet in the bedroom and  carefully vacuum-clean daily.Carpets, fabrics, made of animal hair should be avoided if possible. Contact with animals outside the home should be avoided. Remember also that symptoms can be provoked at circus and zoological gardens.
     
House Dust Allergy

          If you are allergic to house dust, your home should be vacuum-cleaned  everyday, especially the  bedroom; this cleaning being done by someone who is not allergic. Fitted carpets and dust-collecting furniture should be avoided.

Books are very common source of dust. Bedrooms should be kept as much dust-free as possible. Mattresses and pillows are best, if made of solid synthetic material.  Allergy to house dust might be similar to allergy to house dust mites, which are  microscopic creatures living in beds and carpets. Mites cannot survive in low temperatures;  thus, one way to get rid of them by occasionally placing the bed-clothes and carpets outside during winter.
     
Mold Allergy
Molds live in moist environments. If you are allergic to molds, you should avoid moist rooms  such as basements and you should not use humidifiers. House dust may contain large amounts of mold spores.  In some patients, an allergic reaction may be brought on by different foods containing or contaminated with molds.  For example, cheese, dried fruit, mushrooms, soya sauce, wine and beer. Remove the wastages from dustbin often .

Pollen Allergy
Smoke and pollens are the very common offenders. One way to avoid an allergen is to move to another location where the related plant does not grow. This is not always practical since there might be a need to change jobs, school, friends, etc.
              And besides, the person with a pollen allergy may become more allergic to different pollens in the new location. Partial avoidance can be achieved without moving. Many people take their vacations during the pollinating period and choose a place that is free from the specific pollen.  Direct contact with the pollen such as picking flowers and twigs, having flowers indoors should be avoided. It is useful to keep bedroom windows closed to prevent the wind bringing in pollens. Do not use perfumes, hairsprays and scented lotions.
     
 
Insect Allergy
 
You can prevent being stung by avoiding places that might attract bees or mosquitoes. Do not  give room for the  insects to brood  on your  house. Mosquito coils are the  commonest offenders to some victims.
     
3.Contact Allergens
  • Woollen, nylon and synthetic fabrics used for sarees, shirts and under wears
  • Gloves made of latex rubber, sanitary napkins and magazine covers
  • Artificial jewels
  • Chlorinated water used for bath
  • Cosmetics such as lipstick, hair-dye, shampoos, have lotions, kumkum
  • Aftershave lotions, soaps
  • Perfumes, sprays  and polishes

Allergic Dermatitis by Ear-ring
 
Allergic Dermatitis by Lipstick
     
How to diagnose?

               Allergic diseases  can be diagnosed  with their clear medical  history. The study of  Eosinophils  and its  absolute count  helps to some extent. IgE plays an important role in allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma and in some forms of eczema.  Detecting and accurately measuring the amount of IgE is, therefore, of great importance when  diagnosing allergies.

             Skin test procedures are practised by many doctors to identify allergens responsible for the symptoms. There are several methods of skin testing.  Drops of the suspected allergens are injected into the skin. After 15 to 20 minutes, if there is an  allergy to one or more of the substances, a round wheal with a flare forms on the spots where the substances were injected. This may identify and confirm the allergy.
     
How to remove allergy?
Permanent cure
               The  ideal  and  only treatment to allergic  diseases is  Homoeopathy. One will get permanent cure. The  approach to the disease is  different from other  systems. We treat the allergic tendency, not  the  symptoms! If  you  treat the  symptoms  alone  it  leads to suppression  which  takes it roots  in some of the  allergic  disease in your  later life!

               We label the allergic tendency  under  “Psora,” a toxic tendency  inherited  through genes. It  gives rise to variety of disease symptoms on  skin such as urticaria, eczema, contact dermatitis and on respiratory passages as allergic rhinitis and asthma.
No Side-effects
              Homoeopathic  medicines  are  prepared  in  dilutions. A medicine is diluted  many  times  to  minimize  the  toxicity before use. The  medicinal  force,  like an atomic  energy  by  the  process  of  Dynamisation,  remains  in the  dilutions which  act  without  side-effects. This  is  the  reason  why our  Homoeopathic  medicines  won’t  produce side-effects! Homoeopathic medicines never produce any side-effect or allergy  even it is continued until lifetime!

No Restrictions
             Allergic manifestations  are  due to genetic inheritance. They manifest as  antibodies in your body to  react  with the “ Allergic triggers.” Measures taken to get rid of  your complaints such as diet and  pollution control  is not possible always. We advice them to avoid the aggravating substances during treatment. In course of time you can find that even to such exposure to the causative factor  you  will not develop any allergic manifestations.

              Homoeopathy treats the  individual as a whole  to  eradicate  the allergic tendency. Your  body  will not  produce  any special  antibodies to react with the “ Allergic triggers.” This can be detected  by  investigations! After treatment you need not follow any restrictions of food substances or of any allergens!