A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Animal Dander Allergies
I had a question the other day about animal dander allergies.
There are a number of different allergy triggers.
One of the most common is animal dander.
If you have an allergy, your symptoms can range from mild eye irritation and congestion to a more severe reaction causing swelling and difficulty breathing.
If you have asthma, a reaction to any offending allergy-causing substance can worsen your asthma symptoms.
Still, there are steps you can take to prevent and treat allergy attacks when they occur.
Proteins secreted by oil glands in an animal’s skin, as well as the proteins present in an animal’s saliva, can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Allergies to animals can take 2 or more years to develop and symptoms may not go away until months after ending contact with the animal.
Symptoms include sneezing, congestion, and itchy and watery eyes.
Treatments include avoiding exposure to animals causing your allergies when possible.
Help prevent allergies to pet dander by removing the pet from the home, or at least the bedroom.
Keep pets off upholstered furniture and wash the pet weekly.
To deal with animal dander allergies it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Herbs have the potential to create allergic effects, so introduce them slowly and systematically at the beginning.
*Boswellia works at the cellular level to reduce inflammatory and allergic responses.
*Eucalyptus and/or thyme leaves can be used to ease congestion. Soak an ounce of either one in a cup of boiling water and inhale the steam.
*Researchers have found licorice root can help allergy sufferers. It produces a hormone that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and helps restore normal breathing. (Don’t use during pregnancy or nursing. Don’t use if you have diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a history of stroke.)
*Nettle reduces inflammation in your sinus cavities. It’s also a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent free radical damage and helps prevent allergy attacks.
*Yerba mate helps relieve allergic symptoms. Take 2-3 teaspoons of yerba mate in 16 ounces of hot water on an empty stomach.
*Magnolia flower opens nasal passages and relieves headaches associated with sinus problems.
*Wild angelica is particularly useful for clearing sinus problems. It’s been found to help relieve discomfort around your eyes when the sinuses above your eyes are blocked. It normalizes swelling, opens nasal passages, and promotes the discharge of pus often associated with sinus infections. Another important action of this herb is the balancing of histamine levels.
*Other herbs beneficial for allergies include burdock, milk thistle, butterbur, dandelion, and horseradish.
*While symptoms are present, avoid mucus-producing foods like dairy products, sugar, wheat, and food additives.
*Be sure to take only hypoallergenic supplements, as these don’t contain potentially irritating substances.
*Purchase a HEPA air filter with fine enough filtering capability to animal dander from your home.
*Switch to safe, nontoxic cleaners, laundry and personal care products that don’t emit toxic fumes/residues.
*Don’t smoke, and avoid secondhand smoke.
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