Whether we like it or not, allergy season is upon us! I would like to offer some simple suggestions for helping to calm the allergic response so that you may enjoy the beauty of the season, rather than seeing it through red, irritated, itchy, runny eyes.
A Few Words on the Allergic Response (simplified version)
When allergens react with our immune systems, it causes our white blood cells (basophils and mast cells) to break down (degranulate) and release histamine. Histamine release causes smooth muscle constriction and blood vessel dilation. Smooth muscle constriction can cause difficulty breathing or asthma like symptoms and blood vessel dilation causes fluid to leak out of vessels (i.e. mucous and tears). Histamine release also causes the other all too familiar symptoms of itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing and much, much, more. Our main goals when treating environmental allergies are to: decrease overall inflammation, decrease the hyper-reactivity of the immune system to allergens and tonify the vessels so that they become stronger and less responsive.
Possible Treatment Options
Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids: Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and a natural antihistamine. It also helps with tissue repair and synthesis. Bioflavonoids all decrease the degranulation of mast cells and inhibit release of other inflammatory substances. Products:
*Means that we carry this product in our office.
- Aller-C (Vital Nutrients)
- OPC-3* (Isotonix)
- Vital Mixed Ascorbates* (Pharmax)
- Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids* (Bronson)
Antronex*: Dr. Palmer was a big fan of this product for allergies. It consists of Calcium lactate and Yakriton (a bovine liver fat extract). Yakriton has been used sine the 1920’s in Japan for its action of enhancing blood filtering capabilities. The thought process that accounts for its effect on allergies is that it improves the liver’s ability to filter histamine out of the blood. Calcium lactate improves immune function and efficiency.
Allerplex*: Allerplex is similar to Albaplex but with the addition of fenugreek, betaine HCl, lung extract, adrenal extract and tillandsia. This formula may help people manage the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. This was also one of Dr. Palmer’s favorite formulas for managing allergies.
Bioallers: energetic preparations of common allergens. I like to think of them as energetic allergy shots.
Sabadil: This Homeopathic formula is great for symptom management. Does not treat the underlying cause but can help you feel better while treating the underlying cause.
Quercetin: is a potent antioxidant and has been shown to have anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory activities.
Butterbur: may act as an anti-histamine and help to control hay fever symptoms without the drowsiness of traditional anti-histamine drugs.
Nettle Leaf: also a mast-cell stabilizer. Rich in vitamins and minerals. Consume as a tea or in capsules.
N-Acetyl-Cysteine: helps to thin and break up mucous.
Fish Oil*: helpful for decreasing overall inflammation in the body.
Mangosteen*: also helpful for decreasing overall inflammation.
Any of the above products can be ordered through our office or we’d be happy to tell you where to get them close to where you live!
If you need to refill your supplements/prescriptions, please plan to get that ball rolling at least two weeks before you run out (so we can order them in if need be). I hope you all are enjoying the increased amount of light and the return of the flowers and fresh produce!
Keep in touch and I trust that you all are well!