Sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose—Many people suffer with seasonal allergies, and some suffer all year-round. An allergy is a hypersensitivity reaction, with the body overreacting to a substance that would otherwise be considered harmless. Symptoms vary, but may include sinus irritation, skin rash and breathing difficulty. Continue reading →
During an allergic response to a substance—be it food, dust, pollen, animal hair or body tissue, as with autoimmune disease—it may seem logical to perceive the substance as the culprit. However, if the substance were the culprit, everyone would have reactions to the same things, as is the case with substances that are considered toxic.
The real reason we have allergies, sensitivities or other adverse reactions (such as terrible symptoms of PMS) is a result of confusion within the body’s control system. The problem lies in an immune system that erroneously perceives that a substance is causing it harm. This confusion can extend to any substance, including foods that are nutritious and healthy, everyday environmental exposures and even the body’s own chemistry.
Itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, headaches—millions are plagued by allergies each year. “Pennsylvania is a pretty bad area because it is very fertile with a lot of grass and trees,” says Dr. Susan Broderman, internal medicine physician at Doylestown Hospital. While outside triggers such as grasses, trees and weeds are hard to avoid, there are things that can be done to safeguard the home and make it a healthier place for allergy sufferers.