Allergies - Don't Overreact!

Allergies - Don't Overreact!

Author -  Good Health

If you’re one of the majority of New Zealanders who enjoy twilight strolls during the warmer evenings, spare a thought for a large percentage of the population who suffer with sneezing, sniffling and generally feeling miserable from seasonal allergies and hay fever.

The beginning of the allergy season, which is officially underway when plants start flowering and pollination begins, usually starts from September to March, with variations in intensity and duration of symptoms among individuals. The word allergy originates from two Greek words meaning ‘altered reactivity’. An allergy or hypersensitivity occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to a normally harmless substance. An inherited predisposition is usually a factor in the development of allergies, although anyone is at risk of becoming over-sensitive to a commonly encountered substance.

The culprits for initiating many spring allergies are pollen grains; microscopic, fertilising dust that transports the male sex cells of flowering plants in order to fertilise other flowers. This ‘problem pollen’ generally comes from trees, grasses and weeds and is carried easily by the wind from plant-to-plant. Interestingly, the pollen from brightly coloured flowers, transported by bees and other insects, does not trigger allergies unless a person has prolonged and direct contact with them, as is the case for flower growers and florists. Pollens aren’t the only offenders in initiating allergic reactions. Animal fur (dander), certain foods, dust mites and chemicals can all affect sensitive individuals, often resulting in the symptoms and discomfort being present all year round.

When pollen grains, or other antigens are breathed into our nasal passages or contact the membranes of our eyes, they release proteins (antigens), which are exposed to our blood vessels and subsequently our immune system. This leads to the pairing of the antigen to an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). This antibody is present in all of us to some degree, but occurs in higher quantities in people prone to allergic reactions.

The combination of pollen protein and IgE initiates the release of a chemical called histamine from our mast cells. Histamine is responsible for producing the symptoms of an allergy, e.g. swelling, redness, itchiness and secretion of mucus. In some cases this persistent irritation can lead to mucus build-up in the nasal passages and chest; creating an ideal breeding ground for the bacteria and viruses that lead to painful and stubborn conditions such as sinusitis.

How to distinguish between a cold and an allergic reaction.
There are distinct differences in symptoms. A cold will usually start with a sore throat, may involve a fever, cough, foul-tasting postnasal drip (mucus running down the back of your nose into your throat), yellow or green mucus and a mild headache. Most colds clear up within 4 to 10 days depending on how strong your immune system is.

In cases of an allergic reaction, symptoms will include sneezing fits, itchy and bloodshot eyes, itching ears and nose, a tickly throat (the ahem bug!), nasal congestion and a runny nose with clear mucus. More seriously, an allergic reaction can trigger asthmatic or eczema conditions. Herbalist have long utilised herbs to provide natural support, however, now there is a new generation treatment for an overactive or hypersensitive immune system: IMMULOX!!

Why Immulox? 
Good Health’s Immulox® is an immune balancing product, derived from colostrum powder with high levels of proline-rich polypeptide (PRPs). A unique benefit of Immulox® Natural Immune Support is that it is suited to both an overactive and underactive immune system. So for this time of year it’s ideal if you suffer from allergies because your immune system is overactive and out of balance.

Why PRPs?
PRPs (Proline-Rich Polypeptides) are key messengers within our immune system that send out chemical signals to either go out and activate an immune response, such as when you catch a cold, or call off the immune response, such as after an infection when it is under control, or slowing down an overactive one in allergies.  This is really important because an allergic response is the immune system over reacting to a substance it normally shouldn’t and is failing to recognise the difference between a foreign substance such as pollen and itself. PRPs can promote a normal immune response because the PRPs are able to ‘turn-off’ the immune response and slow down an overactive immune system, preventing the body reacting to a substance it normally shouldn’t.  It is the PRP’s in Immulox that can help inhibit and prevent the inflammation processes to create a well-balanced immune system, just as it should be.

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