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 […]