Coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy throat… allergy season in Georgia is in full swing! Even though it’s early March and the temperatures are still cold, seasonal allergies are starting to take effect, and allergy sufferers are starting to avoid the outdoors and carry tissues around with them constantly.
Seasonal allergies are one of the biggest health complaints for people across the US, and even more so in the South. Not much is known about what causes allergies, but since not everyone experiences them, it’s clear that they result as some sort of miscommunication between the brain and the body. Some studies have linked allergies and stress, while others simply cite genetics as a reason for most allergies.
While seasonal allergies are the most common, many people also have allergies to various foods, medication, or substances. These types of allergies are generally more severe, with reactions including hives, wheezing, itchy skin, and even anaphylaxis. The way that our body responds to anything we’re allergic to is similar, whether it’s a medication or a food, and the main difference is simply in the severity and manifestation of reactions.
Immune System Dysfunction
When your immune system decides that a particular thing is harmful (even though it may not be), it creates antibodies to fight it. Whenever you come into contact with that substance again, your body sends out histamines to fight off the so-called invader, which results in allergic reactions and allergy symptoms.
Since we know that most allergens are not harmful to our bodies in general, our body’s response is incorrect. Allergies of any kind occur because of an immune system dysfunction. While allergy medications may get rid of the symptoms, they are not treating the root cause of the problem, which is the dysfunction within the immune system.
Various treatments have been utilized to help each different type of allergies, but avoiding the triggers or allergens is generally the best way to avoid having allergic reactions or symptoms. Unfortunately, this may mean not eating a favorite food or not going outside for extended periods of time, which is no way to live.
A Lithia Springs Chiropractor Can Help with Allergy Relief!
No matter what type of allergies you suffer from, Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar can help! Chiropractic care has long been utilized as a viable treatment option for those suffering from allergies, and recent studies have confirmed the efficacy of chiropractic care in relieving allergy sufferers of their symptoms.
One study explored the connection between vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments) and allergic diseases, specifically atopic dermatitis (atopic eczema), hay fever, and bronchial asthma. Not only did the researchers find similar subluxations in almost all of the study participants, but they also saw serious improvement in most of the individuals simply by giving them gentle, specific, scientific chiropractic adjustments.
Another study followed a 7-year-old boy who received chiropractic care for several months due to asthma, allergies, and chronic colds. The child and his parents reported discontinuation of asthma and allergy medication within two weeks of beginning chiropractic care, and he missed zero school days due to sickness, as opposed to his previous 1-2 missed days per month.
Immune system function is absolutely key in reducing allergy symptoms and allergic reactions, and chiropractic care has proven that it is an effective way of improving the efficiency of the immune system. If you or someone you love suffers from any type of allergies, get in touch with the team at Vital Life Chiropractic in Lithia Springs today.
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