Allergy and Energy Consumption
Frequent infections such as head colds, sinus infections, ear infections, and even balance disorders can have an allergic origin. One of the reasons is because the constant allergy burden consumes our body’s available energy.
It is estimated over 40 million Americans, and up to 40% of all children are affected day-to-day with allergic conditions. Over 4 billion dollars is spent on medications, doctor and hospital visits, 3.3 billion dollars of indirect costs due to loss of work productivity and days of missed work, making a total estimated cost to Americans of nearly 8 billion dollars annually.
Medical science has discovered allergy disease is due to a very complex reaction of multiple cells within our body that are part of our immune system. These cells are attempting to control and manage exposures, but in doing so causing an allergic type response.
What Is Allergy?
Allergy is our genetic uniqueness interacting adversely with common substances in our environment. Our immune system keeps us healthy by identifying foreign substances like bacteria and virus and produces antibodies to destroy these invaders. The immune systems of allergic people overreact to certain environmental substances that are foreign to our body, but unlike bacteria and viruses, these substances are otherwise harmless.
Unfortunately, this overreaction cost us our energy and health!
EYES: Tearing, redness, itching, or dark circles under the eyes are often signs of allergy. In addition, swelling of the skin under the eyelids in small children forming multiple creases usually seen only in elderly people is another sign of allergy. These are called Denney’s lines.
NOSE: The common symptoms of sneezing, itchy, and running or stuffy nose are indications of allergy. Another condition, known as a photic sneeze, is a phenomenon where walking from a dark area or indoor area into sun light triggers the onset of a sneeze. This condition has been linked to allergy.
LUNGS: Shortness of breathe, wheezing, and chest tightness, which are symptoms of asthma, as also associated with allergy.
STOMACH AND INTESTINES: After a person eats foods to which they are allergic, they will often have bloating, cramping, diarrhea, and in severe cases even vomiting.
If these symptoms sound like familiar symptoms that you yourself experience or you have seen in a family member, seeking treatment from a physician may provide you a significant improvement in your day-to-day sense of health and well-being.
Allergy and School/Work Performance
Why treat allergies? Well there are very good reasons. Numerous studies performed recently have shown that patients burdened with allergy perform at less optimum levels at work, school, home, and at play. People plagued with allergy have problems concentrating, have mood swings, and maintain a feeling of fatigue.
Allergy and Immunity
As we encounter those indoor and outdoor sources of allergy, a multitude of biochemical reactions take place in the lining of our nose and lungs. In allergic individuals, they can become very significant energy consuming reactions that affect their health. These are controlled by our immune system.
Fatigue is a common symptom of patients with an active allergy condition. It is felt that people energetically drain from constant allergic exposure are mildly immune suppressed. Remember, our immune system is responsible for our daily health maintenance.
Treatment of allergy can lead to better immunity and resistance to illness. Most people that are actively treated for allergy report a greater sense of energy throughout the day. They also admit to a return of fatigue and other allergy symptoms when they miss or skip their allergy shots.
ALLERGY PREVENTION TIPS:
- Keep your windows closed when the pollen counts are high in the spring season, on very windy days and at night to help keep allergens outside.
- Stay inside in the early morning hours and when the humidity is high, because they are times with high pollen exposure.
- If you are an allergic person, get help with your hard work. Raking leaves, mowing the grass and digging in the dirt can all cause a significant allergic inflammatory response. If you must do yard work, wear a properly fitted mask over your nose and mouth and cleanse you nose with saline nasal spray when finished.
- Do not hang laundry items outdoors to dry. Pollen and mold can collect on these and then you bring them in your home, wear them or sleep on the sheets.
- Wash your hands after handling pets, spending time outdoors, and cleaning.
- Bathe house pets at least weekly to reduce the amount of allergens coming off of those pets.
- Keep pets out of the bedrooms and other rooms where you spend a great deal of time.
- Dust furnishings regularly with a liquid cleaner and keep clutter to a minimum.
- Vacuum your home frequently with a quality vacuum cleaner and remember to clean the carpet and upholstered furniture with the vacuum cleaner.
- It is important to try to keep small children and other potentially allergic people out of the home around times of cleaning and vacuuming.
- Consider reducing the number of houseplants. Moist houseplant soil is a common source of mold growth: and remember leaves will frequently collect dust.
- When moving furniture, cleaning in the home, working in a closet, or spending time working in an attic consider wearing a mask.
- The use of saltwater nasal spray that can be obtained over-the-counter is very advantageous after any prolonged exposures.
- Avoid wines and beers as these often lead to nasal congestion that can aggravate an underlying allergic condition.
- Avoid exposure to chemicals such as bug sprays, house sprays, cleaners, other forms of aerosols and even cosmetic products, all of which can aggravate an underlying allergic condition.
- If allergies are severe, consider replacing drapes, shutters and blinds with washable curtains.
- If you spend a lot of time outdoors, wash your hair before going to bed, because your hair can collect pollen, which you then transfer into your bed. Try not to rub your eyes or nose because you can spread sources of allergen from your fingers to your eyes causing other allergic responses.
- Consider taking a vacation during the high pollen time of the year to give your body a break. Travel to a different area of the country where allergy season has not yet arrived.
- Avoiding cigarettes or exposure to cigarette smoke during allergy season can also prevent inflammation or exacerbation of allergy.
- Wash your bedding in hot water weekly, which will reduce the common sources of dust mite allergy.
- Encase your pillows, mattress and box spring in anti-allergic zippered plastic covers to trap the dust mites and minimize dust mite exposure.
- If allergies are severe and costing a lot for medical care, consider removing all carpet and overstuffed furniture and replacing that area with wood tile or linoleum floors. Consider furniture made of leather, wood, or metal.