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An allergy is caused when your immune system overreacts to a foreign object or chemical that enters your body. These foreign "bodies" are called allergens. Some people are allergic to one specific type of allergen while others can be susceptible to several, all at the same time. An allergic reaction occurs when your body releases antibodies (in reaction to the foreign body), which are usually in the form of histamines. Histamines cause your blood cells to open up and this leads to the classic reactions that we are so familiar with. These can include: Swollen and thickened membranes, reddish skin tissues, nasal congestion, sneezing, and other annoying things.

The best way to treat an allergy is to prevent it from occurring in the first place. This is possible with food and medication allergies by avoiding those things completely. Telling your doctor not to treat you with certain things and altering your diet to avoid consuming foods with allergens is fairly easy. There are many other types of allergies; however, that subject you to allergens that you cannot completely control. There are ways to combat this though and more people are becoming interested in more natural ways to ease their suffering. Traditional forms of treatment might include injections, antibiotics, or some other type of pill but if you are interested in more homoeopathic treatments, there are solutions.

Some of the most common allergies are isolated around things that you will find indoors like: Dust, dust mites, animal dander, molds and other such things. Molds are the most difficult of these things to combat. Mold spores can sometimes be microscopic and hidden from sight. In some cases, there may not be too much you can do to avoid this allergen. If you have an allergy to mold, consult a professional for ideas on how you can try to avoid this problem in a natural way. Dust and dust mites; however, can be controlled. Obviously, dusting, cleaning furniture, blinds and other such things should be your first course of action. Keeping the house clean will be the best way to control this allergen. Dust mites typically are found in the bed that you are sleeping on each night. You can control this problem by washing your sheets at least every two weeks and purchasing a non-allergenic pillow which will prevent them from taking up residence there. You cannot see dust mites and your bed can be a haven for your allergic reactions without you even knowing it. If you are allergic to pet dander, avoiding pets is the most ideal. If that is not an option, then keep them off the furniture and bed, where you are most in contact. Clean dander regularly, so that allergen is eliminated as much as possible.

Seasonal allergies are trickier because you cannot control the environment. You can control what you do in the environment; however. Don't cut the grass; this will only aggravate your symptoms. Stay inside or go to the mall on high pollen count days. When driving, keep your windows shut and only run your air conditioner with air that circulates from within the car, you don't want any outside air coming in. If you are really suffering, consider wearing a painter's mask, it will help filter out the pollen. Lastly, you should know that when it rains, the water falling down pulls the pollen out of the air. It is safer for you to be out in the rain than when it is hot and sunny out because the pollen count is lower.