Allergens are substances that cause the body to react in a certain way that is different from normal. When you sniff pet dander, it may just smell bad to you. The body doesn’t perceive anything wrong with it. For someone with an allergy to it, it can spark a reaction.
You may begin to sneeze, turn red or get swollen eyes. This is the body’s reaction to the introduction of the pet dander. It releases histamine to fight the invader. It is the histamine which causes these different reactions in a person who has allergies.
Some people with allergies can have an anaphylactic reaction. Here, coming into contact with allergens can lead to a deadly response by the body. An anaphylactic reaction can lead to the airway being cut off, severe swelling and death if not treated right away. These individuals carry an epi-pen as a first response to stop the reaction until they can get to medical care.
What Is Allergy Therapy?
Allergy therapy is a technique designed to reduce and eventually eliminate the body’s response to certain allergens. In essence, it is desensitizing the body to these substances so you can live an allergy-free life.
According to those who practice allergy therapy, it is more effective than allergy medications at getting to the root of the problem. Allergy medications are designed to deal with the symptoms. They treat a runny nose, itching, watery eyes, stuffy nose or congested lungs. These are all what can happen in the body when the immune system overreacts to a stimulus.
Allergy therapy incorporates all aspects of a person’s lifestyle to fight back against the effects of allergies on the body. This includes diet, homeopathy, stress reduction, kinesiology and herbal remedies.
How It Works
Allergy therapy helps to improve the immune system and stop the effect of environmental and other allergens on the body. First, testing is done to determine which allergens you are allergic to. The quickest way is to use small needles that have been dipped in different allergic substances. This is done on the back. Wherever small welts show up, that is a substance that you are allergic to.
Acupressure is used to restore the flow of energy to the body after exposure to the allergic substance. Acupressure subscribes to the belief that anything that causes a problem in the body is blocking the natural flow of energy.
The particular allergen is avoided for 25 hours. Afterwards, the body is tested again to be sure that the allergy has been eliminated. It may take more than one treatment to desensitize your body to the allergen.
Allergy therapy is much like allergy shots but no needles are used. The body’s natural energy is engaged to eliminate the sensitivity to the allergen. If you are having immunotherapy, consult your doctor before using allergy therapy.