How to Beat Allergies This Spring

Springtime is here and you know what that means – allergy season!  You’ve probably already noticed the yellow pollen on cars and have been sneezing a lot.  For some people, allergies can cause more serious symptoms such as painful sinus infections and asthma.

Do you spend a good portion of each year just not feeling well? Allergy symptoms can range from mild to severe and can interfere with your work, relationships, and everyday activities. When people think of allergies, symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and a runny nose typically come to mind.

However, there are several common allergy symptoms you need to be aware of:

Postnasal Drainage
Frequent “Colds”
Skin Rashes
Headaches Dizziness
Chronic Sinus Infections
Dark Circles Under the Eyes
Itching, Watering Eyes
Tightness in the Chest
Recurrent Cough or Bronchitis
Redness or Swelling of the Eyes

Medications Only Mask Symptoms
Unfortunately, millions of Americans accept these symptoms as a way of life and are dependent on constant antihistamines, antibiotics and decongestants to try and manage their symptoms. However, these over-the-counter and prescription medications can also negatively affect your health. They only attempt to mask the allergy symptoms and cause side effects such as fatigue, drowsiness, nausea, headaches, dizziness, dry mouth, loss of appetite, stomach upset, blurred vision and skin rashes. They fail to solve the underlying cause of your allergies. By leaving allergies untreated, you are increasing the amount of inflammation and stress placed on your body and immune system, therefore increasing the risk for serious illness.

Get Rid of Your Allergy Symptoms Naturally
You can greatly reduce and even eliminate your allergy symptoms and asthma by resolving the underlying cause which involves strengthening your immune system. By building up good blocking antibodies to the allergens to which you react, you can desensitize your immune system to those substances and actually block the allergy reaction. This allergy treatment is similar to an immunization, and desensitizes you to the allergens.

A meta-analysis indicates that sublingual immunotherapy provided significant symptom relief and reduced the need for medications in allergic rhinitis, or hay fever. (1) Allergen-specific immunotherapy has disease-modifying effects and can induce immune tolerance to allergens. Sublingual immunotherapy with ragweed extracts/preparations has a positive result, especially over drug treatment, even years after the treatment has ended. It also has very good safety profiles with extremely rare side effects, and the extracts/preparations used are commonly well tolerated by patients. (2)

Sublingual Allergy Drops to the Rescue
Sublingual allergy drops, or drops taken under the tongue, are a safe, effective and convenient allergy desensitization treatment. Instead of driving to the doctor’s office for weekly allergy shots, you can simply put a few drops under your tongue each day in the comfort of your home. Allergy drops are widely used in Europe, and the World Health Organization recognizes sublingual allergy drops as a viable alternative to injections. Allergy drops have little to no significant adverse reactions in comparison to allergy shots which frequently lead to reactions, some of which can be fatal. Sublingual allergy drops deliver the results that you have been looking for in eliminating your allergies.

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1. Efficacy of Sublingual Immunotherapy for House Dust Mite-Induced Allergic Rhinitis: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
2. A review of clinical efficacy, safety, new developments and adherence to allergen-specific immunotherapy in patients with allergic rhinitis caused by allergy to ragweed pollen (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)