Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in America, with over 50 million people battling conditions like asthma, food allergies, and skin allergies year after year. Symptoms can range from slight itching to extreme discomfort and respiratory difficulties. For many, allergies aren’t a seasonal thing; those who are allergic to dust mites and animal dander, for instance, may experience symptoms all year round. If you are battling allergies and feel helpless against its symptoms, a holistic health consultation is key.

What are the Most Common Allergies in America?

Some of the most common allergies include asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema, and allergies to specific foods. Most of these conditions occur in childhood and some, such as asthma, can cause children to stay home from school or even increase the likelihood of developing pneumonia. Through holistic consultation, you can discover natural approaches such as changing your child’s diet and eliminating dander from your home so as to reduce respiratory symptoms.

What are Side-Effects of Antihistamines?

Antihistamines are often prescribed to soothe allergy symptoms but if possible, a natural approach should be taken, since side-effects are common and include drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, moodiness, and difficulty emptying the bladder. Often, a multifaceted approach can reduce symptoms more efficiently, though this approach takes commitment and preparation. For instance, many experts believe that reducing allergies should begin with building better gut health and improving vitamin D levels. Because gut bacteria play such an important role in immunity, detoxification, and providing your body with the nutrients it needs, following a nutritional regimen recommended by your holistic health consultant, is key. Vitamin D, meanwhile, is also important, because low Vitamin D levels are linked to allergies in children. Studies have also shown that Vitamin D can treat or prevent allergy to a type of mold that can exacerbate asthma.

Avoiding Toxins within the Home

Another pillar of the natural approach to allergy reduction likes in improving indoor air quality and reducing levels of potential triggers – including dust and dander. Some people make the mistake of trying to eliminate germs by using harsh cleaning products, which exacerbate allergies in the long run. To improve indoor air quality, try to make the switch to natural cleaning products, use a good steam-vacuum system to eliminate dust mites and other allergens, and refrain from burning paraffin candles in the home – since these can emit toxic fumes.

Children and Chronic Food Allergies

A 2018 study undertaken at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has found that children with diagnosed allergies should be tested for an allergy called eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). The latter is a painful swelling of the esophagus that can be considered a later phase of the ‘allergic march’ – the series of allergies that children commonly experience. The more allergies children have, the greater is their chance of developing eosinophilic esophagitis. Doctors stress that it is important to screen a child for EoE, since a restricted diet may be necessary until the offending ingredient is discovered.

If your child has allergies and they are finding symptoms difficult to cope with, holistic consultation is a proactive way of nipping the problem in the bud. A special diet, plenty of Vitamin D, and natural cleaning methods can make a big change almost immediately. Finally, if children have one or more allergies, they should ideally be tested for EoE, whose symptoms can be uncomfortable and even painful, but which thankfully can be avoided once the offending substance is identified.