Allergic reactions are caused by your own body”s antibodies working overtime trying to protect you from harmful substances.
In a lot of people, the antibodies simply ignore foreign substances, such as pollen, dust, pet dander, spores, but in other people, the antibodies go into full defensive mode. They attack the allergens, attaching themselves to them, and producing a defensive chemical, that in turn irritates the host, you.
These mast cells, which are in your nose, eyes, throat, intestines, and lungs begins producing a chemical in an attempt to fight off what it considers to be foreign, dangerous invaders. This is turn, makes us wheeze, sneeze, and cough.
Allergy blockers, when used before we go anywhere there might be substances we are allergic too, or in the spring before hay fever season starts, will actually neutralize the territory, so that your antibodies won’t overreact. These blockers should be taken for several weeks prior to allergy season, or exposure to allergens.
Allergy blockers have been around for quite a few years. They can be taken in pill form or as a nasal spray. And, the only drawback is that they must be taken before the allergies begin. Once the mast cells begin to react, it’s too late to block their progress.
Unfortunately most people wait until they have the symptoms of allergy season to do anything about it. Of course, there are allergy medicines available to treat the symptoms, but if you were planning on using an allergy blocker it’s too late.
Antihistamines, which work against the histamines that are attacking your allergens and causing your symptoms can bring a great deal of relief. Products like Benadryl and Claritin are used by millions every year.
Allergy shots or immunotherapy are forms of allergy blockers that introduce small doses of the allergen into the body, so that in time, your body becomes more accustomed to these allergens, and hopefully begins to ignore them.
Allergy shot treatment is not for the person with an occasional allergic reaction, but is often vital for someone who suffers with allergies for a long period of time, year after year.
Not only are allergies annoying, they can progress into more complicated and troublesome conditions, such as chronic sinus infections and asthma.
In recent studies done with several groups using allergy blockers, the results showed that the blockers do work well for most people with few or no side effects of any consequence.