Allergies are more than just a nuisance. You may not think a sneezy, runny nose is anything to worry about, but allergy symptoms are an indicator of an underlying problem and should not be ignored.
Although respiratory discomfort is the most obvious indicator of an allergic reaction, allergies can cause symptoms throughout the body. Food allergens can trigger gastrointestinal symptoms such as canker sores, gastritis, and diarrhea. Recurrent or chronic urinary tract infections, childhood ear infections, upper respiratory infections, and yeast infections commonly have an allergic basis. Asthma is caused by underlying allergies, as well. Other serious conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome, can be exacerbated by allergies, especially allergies to foods.
Not only do allergies contribute to poor health; they can make you feel miserable and negatively affect your quality of life. Allergies also contribute to days missed at work and increased healthcare costs. Allergies can begin at any age, including after childbirth and in midlife.
ALLERGIES INCREASE INFLAMMATION
Due to the amount of inflammation and stress placed on the body and your immune system, if you choose to not treat your allergies, your risk for serious illness is increased. With inflammation, your immune system becomes overburdened, and the inflammatory triggers are sent through your bloodstream where they affect nerves, organs, connective tissues, joints, and muscles. Chronic inflammation can slowly destroy your organs and the ability to function optimally. Meanwhile, headaches, migraines, depression, anxiety and memory problems can occur if inflammation and swelling affect the brain.
ALLERGIES CAN CAUSE ADRENAL FATIGUE
People with food and environmental allergies commonly have weak adrenal function, also known as adrenal fatigue. Most allergies involve the release of histamine and other pro-inflammatory substances. Cortisol, one of the primary hormones produced by the adrenal glands, is a strong anti-inflammatory hormone. The more histamine that is released, the more cortisol it takes to control the inflammatory response and the harder the adrenal glands have to work to produce more cortisol. The harder they have to work, the more fatigued they become.
ALLERGIES LEAD TO POOR SLEEP
Insomnia is common in people with hay fever and allergies, for obvious reasons. When you have a sinus headache, a stuffed up nose and can’t breathe, it can be difficult to sleep. A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that people with allergic rhinitis from hay fever and other types of allergies are more than twice as likely to suffer from sleep disorders such as insomnia. Lack of adequate, sound sleep can lead to irritability, weight gain, and decreased cognitive function.
Unless your allergies are identified and treated, chronic health problems can result. Problems ranging from sinus infections, skin disorders, asthma and migraine headaches can finally begin to improve when allergies are identified and treated.
Historically, treating allergies has required weekly visits to the doctor for a shot, followed by a waiting period to make sure there is no reaction. That’s not the case anymore. With allergy drops, treatment is easier than ever. By placing a few drops under the tongue each day, your body will build up antibodies to help fight off the allergens naturally. You can do this from the comfort of your own home or take them on the go. No office visit or wait time.
If you’re constantly dealing with allergy symptoms, then it might be time for a change. Let us help. Contact a wellness consultant for a complimentary consultation at 281-698-8698 to find out how you can fix your allergies for good.