Proactive Allergy Management?

If you’re concerned that your family’s allergies are “just the way you are made”, then you may want to think again.  The prayer of St Francis of Assisi may fit right in with your family’s allergies: “Lord, give me the courage to change the things I can, the serenity to accept the things I can’t – and the wisdom to know the difference!”
 

We’d like to show you why you don’t have to accept your family’s allergies just as they are, in fact, our experience shows that you can significantly decrease your family’s allergic response if you are proactive and focused - easily, simply and without negative side effects. 

The genetic part of allergies – that’s the biggest red herring

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says: “Like baldness, height and eye color, the capacity to become allergic is an inherited characteristic. Yet, although you may be born with the genetic capability to become allergic, you are not automatically allergic to specific allergens. Several factors must be present for allergic sensitivity to be developed:

  • The specific genes acquired from parents.
     
  • The exposure to one or more allergens to which you have a genetically programmed response.
     
  • The degree and length of exposure.”
     

 (You can read the full page here: http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&cont=79)

 

Just reading the above, you might assume that your allergy is something you can’t change. What they don’t mention is the fourth factor – the one you have the most control over.

 

 

Your allergies will only be a problem when your immune system is panicky and over-reactive

Allergic reactions are a sign that your immune system may be confused – over-reacting to harmless substances and making ‘mountains out of molehills’.
 

At healthy-kids we know that a healthy, balanced immune system won’t react as often and as badly to an allergen, and that a balanced immune system will recover quicker from an allergic reaction. 

To control your allergies you will need a proactive viewpoint

Like most things, a stitch in time saves nine.  You need to treat your immune system like the honoured member in your party and look after it well.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

 

Let’s look at your usual options:
 
 

Allergy medications treat the allergy attack after it takes place

Most allergy treatments are effective at “symptomatic relief”.  They target the histamine, the congestion and the inflammation that results from your allergic reaction.  This has some merit, in that one allergic reaction is likely to, without conscious intervention, lead to a more serious one next time.
 

Mostly this approach is reactive though, rather than proactive.  There are many cons to allergy medications that you’ll want to consider when deciding how often you use it, and their effectiveness often decreases after a time.

 

Natural allergy treatments can be like shotgun therapy

Natural allergy remedies, like copious amounts of Vitamin C or special allergy preparations are sometimes effective in offering relief from allergies. Each of the many different options provides nutrients that are seemingly unrelated. 
 

Usually we take them only during allergy season or after the allergies have become a problem.  This strategy is too reactive.  The main problem with such a wide array of choices is choosing the right one. 

 

 

Tina’s story shows how effective moving from reactive to proactive can be:
 

This family reactively battled allergies

Tina’s children have inherited her respiratory allergies. Often, what began as an allergic reaction ended up as an infection needing antibiotics.   They all used chronic allergy medications, but over time those meds were helping less and less.

 Tina tried to avoid the allergens as much as possible.  However, the allergy medication and allergen avoidance wasn’t solving the problem.  While she waited for her kids to outgrow their allergies, instead they were soon diagnosed with asthma.  

It all changed when she took a proactive, long-term view

I helped Tina by changing just one thing. We started her kids on a combination multivitamin and an antioxidant supplement. Although she didn’t really expect too much, a few months later Tina noticed that their allergies had quietly taken a back seat.

What we did worked because we targeted the controllable factor. We balanced her family’s immune system health, allowing their immune systems to calm down and stop overreacting.

 

 

Why does an immune system get panicky and over-reactive?

You may be asking, why does an immune system get panicky and over-reactive? We will tackle the underlying cause of those allergies in our next article.

 

 

Watch out for the next article in our series…

  1. THIS ONE… Allergies: A proactive perspective (introduction) 
  2. NEXT… Nutrition – your allergy wild card
  3. How to strengthen your short-term allergy approach with Nutritional Allergy management

 

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