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Allergies & Hayfever

Allergies is a word used to describe a reaction our bodies may have to a particular food or substance. In the UK alone, allergies are particularly common in children and are believed to affect more than one in four people in their lives. Though some allergies disappear when a child becomes an adult, others are lifelong or may even develop during adulthood.

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What causes Allergies?

Allergies are caused by an overreaction of the body's immune system to a substance that it perceives as harmful, even though the substance is not actually harmful. This substance is called an allergen, and it can be anything from pollen to pet dander to certain foods.

When a person with allergies comes into contact with an allergen, their immune system produces antibodies that trigger the release of histamine and other chemicals in the body. This can cause a range of symptoms, including sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, hives, and swelling.

The exact cause of allergies is not fully understood, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Some people may be more genetically predisposed to developing allergies, while environmental factors such as pollution, diet, and lifestyle may also play a role.

It is important to note that allergies can develop at any point in life, and a person may not be born with allergies. In some cases, a person may develop allergies after repeated exposure to an allergen, while in other cases, an allergy may develop seemingly out of nowhere.

In order to manage allergies, it is important to identify the specific allergen that is causing the reaction and take steps to avoid it. This may include making dietary changes, using air purifiers, and taking medication to manage symptoms. In some cases, immunotherapy (allergy shots) may be recommended to desensitize the immune system to the allergen over time.

What are the 10 most common Allergies?

 

Pets.

Food.

Latex.

Mould.

Perfume.

Dust mites.

Medications.

Insect stings.

Grass & tree pollen.

Household chemicals.

 

How do I know if I have an Allergy or Covid?

 

It may be possible for a person to experience allergies and a COVID-19 infection at the same time, however it's important to remember that in most cases those with allergies will not develop a fever, whereas those with coronavirus do. In any case if you are unsure, stay at home, contact your GP and take a PCR or lateral flow test if you have one to hand.

 

How do you treat Allergies?

 

Combination medications, a nasal spray or Allergy Tablets known as oral antihistamines are often prescribed to relieve common symptoms of allergies, such as nasal stuffiness, sneezing and watery eyes. However, you may find a natural alternative can provide you with the relief you need too.

 

What natural products do you offer for Allergies?

Depending on your symptoms, you may wish to consider a product such as A.Vogel Pollinosan Hayfever Tablets, A.Vogel Pollinosan Hayfever Nasal Spray or Lamberts L-Histidine 500mg.