By Hermann Keppler for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine).
An allergy is an abnormal sensitivity of the body to certain substances called allergens, such as pollen, micro-organisms, pet dander, dust, and sometimes food. There are generally two main causes.
Weak Immune System
If your immune system is weak, it will over-react on exposure to allergens such as pollen, causing the body to increase the production of ‘antibodies’ to destroy the invaders.
These antibodies release immune cells which cause unpleasant allergic symptoms such as: sneezing, wheezing, nasal congestions, itchy-watery eyes, running nose, itchy throat, asthma, stomach ache, fatigue, irritability, etc.
Antihistamines and steroids sometimes given to suppress the symptoms work by inhibiting the body’s defences. They can cause side effects, ranging from mild to serious.
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