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Allergic Rhinitis & Homoeopathy - Overview

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Allergic Rhinitis -Overview

How often have you been troubled by bouts of sneezing and an itchy, runnynose that persistently lands up with you precisely on the day of your importantpresentation? If this happens more than once in a while with you, it’s abouttime you sought treatment for your Allergic Rhinitis.

While Allergic Rhinitis (also called nasal allergy) is not life threatening,it can significantly impair the quality of life of patients especially giventhat it affects almost 20% of general population. It is more of a nagging,chronic complaint that drains the person in the long run and hence calls forearly treatment.

Homeopathic treatment can give very good relief to patients suffering fromallergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) and it significantly improves their immunityso that they don’t fall prey to allergens frequently. The potential benefits ofhomeopathic treatment in seasonal allergic rhinitis were also confirmed in adouble-blind trial conducted at Phoenixmetropolitan area.

we have successfully treated thousands of cases of allergic rhinitis (nasalallergy) and brought relief to many suffering patients. Go on and experiencethe holistic treatment of your allergy!

What is AllergicRhinitis?

‘Achoo…God bless you!’

Allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) is an inflammation of the nasal passagescharacterized by symptoms that include any combination of the following:sneezing, nasal congestion, nasal itching, and discharge from the nose. Inshort it is the condition that makes you go sneezing and gives you an itchy,runny nose with watery eyes whenever you come in contact with certainallergens. The condition is usually precipitated in sensitive individuals afterexposure to dust, dander, certain seasonal pollens, etc.

Allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) is a very common disorder and it affectsalmost 20% of the population. Although it can affect people of all age groups,two-third of all patients with this condition develop it before the age of 30.The condition seems to spare the geriatric age group. The male - female ratiofor adults remains equal though amongst children, boys are more frequentlyaffected than girls.

There are two categories of allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy):
Seasonal: The allergy attacks occur during certain seasons, especiallyin pollen season
Perennial: The allergy attacks are interspersed throughout the year

Every year, millions of dollars are spent on doctors’ visits and medicationfor the treatment of this chronic illness. Not to mention all the missed daysat work and school as well as the impaired performance. Timely treatment cansurely save a lot of money and agony for the patients of allergic rhinitis(nasal allergy).

Causes of AllergicRhinitis

How did you get that cold again?

The troublesome bout of allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) which a lot ofpeople dread can be triggered by a number of allergens. Allergens aresubstances that can induce an ‘allergic reaction’ in the body.

Some of the allergens that are common culprits in cases of allergic rhinitis(nasal allergy):

  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Outdoor molds
  • House dust mites
  • Wood dust
  • Exposure to certain animals (including pets)
  • Cockroaches
  • Rodents
  • Irritant triggers such as smoke, pollution, and strong smells

When a susceptible person is exposed to an allergen such as pollen or dust,the body releases certain chemicals which include ‘histamine’. Histaminerelease is responsible for allergy symptoms such as itchy feeling, swelling,and mucus production.

Apart from allergens, there are certain other factors that are responsiblein the development of allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy):

Weather: Hot, dry, windy days are more likely to trigger an allergyattack (due to increased amounts of pollen in the air) as compared to cool,damp, rainy days (when most pollen is washed to the ground)

Genetics: Heredity seems to play an important role in allergicdiseases. If both your parents suffer from allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy),you have almost 50% chances of developing the same. If one of your parentssuffers from it, your chances of developing this stand at 30%.

It must also be noted that the triggers of an attack may vary from person toperson and the patient himself has to figure out which of these causativefactors precipitates the episodes in him.

Symptoms of AllergicRhinitis

The little red runny nose…

Allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) is not an easy disorder to live with.Though it may sound very benign to a non-sufferer, only the patient knows hownagging this condition is. Imagine a sudden episode of constant sneezing in themiddle of (or just before the start of) an important meeting or assignment. Itsimply does not allow concentration to be focused on anything at all sometimes.

Allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) can include any combination of thefollowing symptoms:

  • Repetitive Sneezing
  • Runny nose (rhinorrhoea)
  • Nasal congestion
  • Itchy nose, ear, throat, eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Post-nasal discharge

Chronic cases of allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) may develop additionalsymptoms like:

  • Cough (due to the post nasal discharge)
  • Sinus headaches
  • Blocked ears
  • Nasal polyps
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Injected sclerae (redness of the white part of eyes)

Diagnosis of AllergicRhinitis

How do I make sure its allergy?

The history of allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) is usually enough todiagnose this condition. Physical examination may give some further clues tothe treating physician and these include:

  • Paleness or violaceous discoloration of the lining of the nose
  • Nasal polyps in some cases
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Allergic shiners – darkened areas under eyes thought to be due to congestion of venous blood

In addition, skin tests may be done to confirm the diagnosis of allergicrhinitis (nasal allergy):

  • Skin prick test – In this test, a small amount of purified allergen extract is pricked into the skin of your arm and you're observed for signs of an allergic reaction. A raised bump at the tested site confirms your allergy to the injected substance.
  • Intradermal tests - The allergen extract is injected between layers of the skin in this test

Homeopathic Treatment

Respite at last!

In one of the research studies conducted, 147 cases with respiratoryallergies were evaluated and the success rate with homeopathic treatment wasfound to be 87.6% in these.

In another double-blind clinical trial conducted in the Phoenixmetropolitan area during the regional allergy season from February to May, theeffects of homeopathic preparations were compared with those of placebo.Participants included 40 men and women, in the age group of 26-63 years, whohad been diagnosed with moderate to severe seasonal allergic rhinitis.Significant positive changes from baseline to 4 weeks were seen in thehomeopathic group as compared to the placebo group. The subjects reported noadverse effects during this period. Thus, the potential benefits of thehomeopathic treatment in reducing symptoms and improving quality of life inpatients with seasonal allergic rhinitis were confirmed.

Homeopathy indeed has the credit of relieving a large number of patientsfrom the distress of allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy). The medication targetsthe body’s immune system whereby it reduces the hypersensitivity to theallergens. Over a period of time, the patient reacts less aggressively to theallergens and gradually the hypersensitivity is cured.

 we have treated thousands of cases ofallergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) and given significant relief to a largenumber of them. Our holistic approach helps them to overcome their illness andlead a better quality of life.

It must be noted that even during the period of treatment, patient maycontinue to get attacks of the allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy); however theseepisodes are less severe and last shorter as compared to attacks beforecommencing treatment.

Patient gradually notices an overall improvement in the general health asthe treatment progresses. Even in chronic cases of a long standing nature,Homeopathy has significant help to offer in terms of prevention of thecomplications. It is strongly suggested that patients with allergic rhinitis(nasal allergy) opt for homeopathic treatment as soon as possible.

Self Care for AllergicRhinitis

Here are some of the tips that have been derived from our vast experience oftreating many patients of allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy). These tips havebeen clinically verified in our patients and have been found to give goodresults since there is a scientific backing to each of them.

  • Keep a food diary to ascertain food intolerances.
  • Increase your antioxidant intake by taking plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Zinc intake from mushrooms, whole grains, nuts & seeds is good for patients with allergies
  • Selenium intake from fish, mushrooms, cabbage is also very helpful
  • Eat oily fish 3 times a week or 2 tbsp or 2 tbsp of flaxseeds everyday
  • Avoid or minimize wheat and dairy products in your diet
  • Avoid alcohol and sugary foods

 

 

 

 

Posted by : Priyanka Singh, 10 Jan 2012 12:46 AM
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