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Allergies in Spring

If you live in New Jersey, allergy season is probably one for concern. Whether you sneeze because of tree pollen or itch from blooming ragweed, your spring allergy symptoms can make spending time outdoors very uncomfortable. New Jersey allergy sufferers can lose out on time spent with family and friends in their backyards or at local parks and playgrounds, all because of airborne allergies. That’s why more and more patients are seeking out the help of a chiropractor for allergies and nervous system relief.

A chiropractor? Really? Absolutely.

While you think you’re suffering only because of allergies in spring and summer, you might actually be suffering from a stressed nervous or immune system. When you have an allergic reaction, it’s your immune system that’s overreacting to the allergen – the cause of your discomfort. In New Jersey, allergy attacks can be caused by particular indigenous flowerer, bee stings, even the chemicals used by lawn care services. So it’s possible that your allergies in spring and summer months are being exacerbated by things beyond your control.

This overreaction of the immune system to allergens can be dangerous if left untreated. A compromised immune system can’t fight less severe infections (like the common cold, for example) which results in you being stuck in bed for longer than you should be. In rare cases, the immune system is so taxed that it becomes unable to work properly at all. Cancer cells, which replicate abnormally and quickly, may go unrecognized in your body altogether.

Luckily, spring allergy symptoms are fairly easy to recognize, and usually encompass one or more of the following:

You can sometimes get short-term relief from your spring allergy symptoms by taking over-the-counter allergy medications or by seeing an allergist, but that doesn’t always get to the root of the problem. New Jersey allergy experts agree that the average number of Americans who suffer from mild to severe allergies is around 50 million. But not all patients who suffer from allergies in the spring find relief through medication, and so homeopathic remedies can be used to help.

The End of Spring Allergy Symptoms

So how can seeing a chiropractor for allergies help? A chiropractor is trained to ease the stress on your nervous system. And since the nervous system directly affects the immune system, your spring allergy symptoms can be lessened or even eliminated by first working to restore your nervous system to full capacity. A chiropractor will realign your vertebrae to relieve any pinched nerves you might have. Once the spine is realigned, your immune can concentrate on the substances that cause your allergies in spring and summer months. Plus, seeing a chiropractor for allergies may have the unintended benefit of eliminating other, less acute problems with your spine, muscles or joints.

If you live or work in New Jersey, allergy attacks are bound to happen: experiencing all four seasons means living with plants that flower at different times of the year. Next to cat dander, outdoor allergens are the most common cause for spring allergy symptoms. Seeing a chiropractor for your allergies can alleviate the underlying causes of a compromised immune system – so you can enjoy the great outdoors for the whole year.

Managing Fall Allergies – 7 Ways To Minimize The Disruption Symptoms Can Cause

As of this writing there is no cure for allergies. But managing the symptoms that can be so discouraging is totally within your reach if you follow the 7 steps below.

Stop Air Exchange—This means keep doors and windows closed and use air conditioning or heating to keep the inside temperature comfortable. Not being able to open the windows when the weather would otherwise allow may cost a little more, but is well worth it in terms of the allergens to which you are not exposed.

Try to park your car in a place where pollen cannot accumulate on it. And keep windows and the vent for outside air closed in the car as well.

Give Up Yard Work—This is one of the best things you can do during the time when the allergens you are sensitive to are at their peak. Mowing can send grass pollen flying, and raking leaves can send mold spores into the air. Delegate the mowing and leaf raking to someone else, and stay inside for several hours after the yard work is done to literally let the dust settle and the air clear. If you love gardening, it may be very possible to continue enjoying your work in the garden once the fall allergens are gone.

Wear A Mask—It can be difficult to resist being outside once the leaves begin to turn and the weather is gorgeous. For those times when you just have to be outside, wear a mask that can help filter the spores and other triggers that can make your life miserable.

Explore Medical Options—A good allergist is an invaluable resource. Find one. There are a number of preventative drugs that can help your body have less of a reaction. There are also allergy shots that can be given over a period of time to desensitize your body to the offending trigger(s). And you should always carry fast acting medication that you can take to prevent symptoms from escalating.

Leave Plants Outside—Get rid of or at least limit the number of house plants. They can often be a place for mold to grow particularly if the soil is kept moist.

Plan Outside Time Carefully—Dry windy days typically have the most spores in the air. Since they weigh so little, they can and do travel for miles from their place of origin. So the best plan is to plan indoor activities for those days. You can find a daily pollen count for your area online as well as air quality alerts. Tuning in to local news and TV stations in your area is an excellent way to stay in-the-know about allergens that are likely to be in the air.

Filter Indoor Air—Since the best way to manage allergies is still to avoid the trigger, filtering indoor air with an air cleaner that has a high efficiency particle arresting (HEPA) filter is an effective way to keep allergen levels low indoors.

And even though Ragweed, mildew, and mold spores may be at the top of the list, continually filtering the air in your home will also take out other allergens such as dust, dust mites, and pet dander that often work in conjunction with seasonal triggers to cause problems.

Moms Good Life Provide to Children Allergies

As many parents know, children are especially prone to allergies. Sometimes they suffer from acute reactions that will become less severe later in life. Unfortunately, that knowledge doesn’t decrease the child’s suffering now. In an effort to understand what’s causing so much discomfort for their kids, parents are trying to find information on food allergies and learn how they induce their effects.

An allergy occurs because a substance in food fails to break down during the digestive process. When this happens, the substance is called “allergenic.” The culprit is most often a protein, but almost any substance in food can cause an allergic reaction in some people. The molecules of the allergenic substance generally have strong bonds that make them difficult to degrade, and some individuals will be able to digest them while others will not.

When complete digestion does not occur, the body’s immune system finds the molecules and mistakes them for harmful invaders. To show that they are harmful, the immune system tags them with a chemical called Immunoglobulin E.

This is like setting off an alarm. The body launches a series of reactions in an effort to defend its systems against the invader, but these quickly get out of control and become a threat in them. The immune response can be seen in three areas: the skin, the gastrointestinal tract and the respiratory system.

On the skin’s surface, the allergies response causes a rapid form of dermatitis that creates hives, swelling, redness, burning and itching. The swelling often occurs in the face, especially the lips, tongue, throat lining and eyelids. This symptom can be very dangerous, as it can make breathing difficult resulting in wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. In severe cases, breathing impairment can cause fainting or even suffocation.

Breathing difficulties are often accompanied by circulatory impairment as the blood vessels widen and blood pressure drops. This combination of circulatory and respiratory impairment is called anaphylaxis. It happens most often in persons who are allergic to seafood, tree nuts or peanuts. It is very serious and requires immediate medical attention.

Reactions in the gastrointestinal tract sometimes include nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. In acute cases, the lining of the stomach or intestines can be damaged.

Common allergens among children are seafood, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, milk, soy and eggs. Egg allergies occur in about two per cent of kids under five, but often disappear later in life. Some children show strong reactions to synthetic substances such as dyes, preservatives and other additives.

Parents of children with allergy free recipes for kids should be aware of the situation and take steps to prepare for it. In many cases, the risk can be greatly decreased by simply encouraging the child to carry antihistamines in his pocket. If a child shows even a slight allergic reaction, such as a mysterious skin rash, it’s best to find out the cause. Happily, many cases that look like allergies reactions turn out to be caused by some temporary irritant that doesn’t pose a serious threat.