Allergy Relief Made Simple It is that time of year again; the itchy eyes, runny nose, constant sneezing can really get in the way of you enjoying the beautiful weather. You’re not alone, millions of Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies year after year due to allergens such as mould spores, pollen, grass and many more. Allergy relief medication is booming as antihistamines, decongestants and nasal shots promise immediate relief from these irritating symptoms. It’s easy to simply reach for these quick fixes to relieve the symptoms, but is that really the only method of allergy relief? What is an allergy? Before we delve in, let’s understand what an allergy is and how it is developed. An allergy is your body’s natural reaction to particles that it considers foreign; these could be airborne particles or even compounds in food. The immune system releases antibodies to that specific allergen that causes an inflammatory response. This response results in the release of many important chemical mediators, such as leukotrienes, prostaglandins, and histamine. Histamine can cause airways to constrict and blood vessels to become more permeable, potentially leading to fluid leakage or hives, and leukotrienes causes increased production of mucus which can cause phlegm Read more…
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