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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Are Your Allergies Causing Migraines?

Could be! The term Migraine refers to a large umbrella of head related discomforts.

Clearly allergies cause sinus congestion, watery nose and eyes, coughing, sneezing, fatigue. All of these symptoms happen in your head. Here's the thing... the exact cause of migraines is still not well understood, but the problem is considered to be neurological (related to the nervous system). It is believed that brain chemicals, blood vessels, and nerves of the brain are involved. Allergies are an immune response. Immune response can impact your entire body including your brain... in your head. That's where your migraine is, Right? Let's take a look at the Miserable Migraine!
I'm no doctor, but let's look at this logically from info publicly available.

Migraine Symptoms:

  • Throbbing pain on one side near the temples, forehead, and eyes. 
  • Light sensitivity
  • Sound sensitivity
  • Quick to fatigue during activities
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Vision problems (such as Aura:  flashing lights, wavy lines, or dots, or they may have blurry vision or blind spots)
There are time when I've had similar symptoms and people have asked me, "Do you have allergies?" Sometimes, the serious allergy over-the-counter meds help. I've never been diagnosed though. Do I actually not have allergies, but a migraine instead.  Boy, if I had to pick...?

Triggers for Allergic Reactions:

You can have an allergic reaction to things Ingested, Contacted or Inhaled.
  • Ingested symptoms can include: hives (red, itchy, inflamed skin) abdominal cramps, vomiting, or diarrhea accompanied by a rash, swelling of the lips or eyes which appears and disappears quickly, or, in very rare cases, anaphylactic shock.
  • Contact symptoms can include redness, itching, swelling, scaling, or blistering of the skin near and surrrounding the contact location.
  • Inhaled symptoms can include: sneezing, wheezing, nasal congestion, coughing, itchy, watery eyes, runny nose, itchy throat, stomach ache, itchy skin, hives, fatigue, irritability
I'm not saying these are one in the same, but your immune health absolutely comes into question when you are experience any of these symptoms. Allergena promotes Immune Function in Response to Inhaled Allergens.

Triggers for Migraines:

Flashing Lights
Anxiety and Stress
Lack of Sleep or Food
Hormonal Changes
Headache foods: MSG, red wine, cheese, chocolate, soy sauce, and processed meats.
Tyramine: a substance used at high levels in Aged, fermented, and stored foods

Allergies and Migraines have totally different triggers.

If you suffer from Migraine symptoms you probably want it to stop. Take time to track your triggers. Keep a journal. Include fact tracking data:
  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • Activity
  • Environment (weather stuff)
  • Recent sleep
  • Recent meal
  • Symptoms and level of discomfort. Use a 1 to 10 Scale.
When you decide to see a healthcare provider, you will have a good collection of data to talk about.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

AAFA Report the 2015 Worst Cities for Allergies

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 2015 worst cities for allergies has been reported. 

The data measured and compared each season includes:
  • Pollen scores (airborne grass/tree/weed
  • pollen and mold spores)*
  • Number of allergy medications used per patient
  • Number of allergy specialists per patient
The value of compiling this list is to help guide a pollen sufferer to local, geographical areas that may provoke and worsen their seasonal symptoms, which impacts their quality of life. Immediate personalized treatments can include prescription medication combinations, mono-therapies, or long-term treatments.
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For a complete list of the 2015 Worst Cities for Allergies View this PDF

Beginning with Number 1
         Jackson, Mississippi, scored 100/100, 
2. Louisville, Kentucky, scored 98.34/100
3. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, scored 95.64/100
4. Memphis, Tennessee, scored 94.64/100,
5. Knoxville, Tennessee, scored 94.51/100,
6. McAllen, Texas, scored 89.56/100,
7. Wichita, Kansas, scored 86.43/100
8. Dayton, Ohio, scored 86.15/100,
9. Providence, Rhode Island, scored 86.06/100,
10. Richmond, Virginia, scored 85.79/100,
11. Little Rock, Arkansas, scored 85.46/100,
12. Tulsa, Oklahoma, scored 84.59/100
13. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, scored 84.3/100
14. Chattanooga, Tennessee, scored 83.91/100
15. New Orleans, Louisiana, scored 82.04/100,
16. Columbia, South Carolina, scored 81.25/100
17. Birmingham, Alabama, scored 80.29/100,
18. San Antonio, Texas, scored 79.17/100
19. Dallas, Texas, scored 79/100
20. Syracuse, New York, scored 78.97/100

Here are a few Survival Tips:
  1. Learn your allergies: Which trees, weeds and grass pollen are you allergic to.
  2. Wear cotton: Synthetics cause static and pollen to stick to your clothing
  3. Exercise early, or exercise late: Pollen counts are lowest before dawn and in the early evening.
  4. Immunotherapy: Drops are easy on your body and the effects are long lasting.
  5. Keep your home clean. There’s a reason for the term “spring cleaning.”
  6. Eat the right foods. Certain foods naturally have ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties that can help combat allergies. Munch on apples, broccoli and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids (certain fish, like salmon, and nuts), or consider adding more garlic and the spice turmeric to your cooking. Yogurt can also help by improving digestion and making your immune system more effective.
Information gathered in part from The Weather Channel

Friday, April 3, 2015

How do you know if your pet has allergies?

Have you ever considered your furry family member may have Pet Allergies?

You probably think it's funny or cute when your pets sneeze. Is it funny and cute when you sneeze? Especially not if you are sneezing because of allergies.
Allergies experienced by our pets are different from those we experience. Pet Allergies symptoms are often:
  • Watery Eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Scratching leading welts, open sores, and loss of hair.
  • Dogs can also get ear infections

Pet allergies can come from:

Atopy: also known as seasonal pollen allergies Symptoms:
  • Chewing at the feet
  • Constant licking of the flank (side) and groin area
  • Rubbing of the face
  • Inflamed ears or recurrent ear infections
  • Recurrent hot spots in dogs and pinpoint facial scabbing in cats
  • Asthma-like wheezing and respiratory problems (more likely in cats)
Contact Dermatitis: allergies to carpet, cleansers or plastic

  • Red itchy bumps or blisters on sparsely-haired areas of the skin and those exposed to the allergen such as the belly, feet, or muzzle
  • Intense scratching
  • Hair loss (in chronic conditions)
Food Allergies: often when experiencing other kinds of allergic reactions you animals will have an allergic reaction to common food.

  • Itching, especially face, feet, trunk, limbs and anal area
  • Ear problems, often yeast-related
  • Skin infections that respond to antibiotics, but then recur as soon as the antibiotic therapy ceases
True Food Allergies are marked in dogs by increased bowel movements and regularly soft stool. Be cautious of food intolerance which causes diarrhea and vomiting.
Allergena for you Pet's Relief

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Relief with the Netty Pot

Have you thought about using a Neti Pot?

You've probably heard stories about people finding their nasal relief miracle in a Neti Pot! Personally, I think it sounds like water boarding yourself...but could so many people be wrong?
The word "neti" is from the ancient Sanskrit from India. It literally traslates to nasal cleansing. The equipment to perform this technique has evolved over time with materials and production technology. 

Use of the Neti Pot is for the most part safe. 

About 10% of Neti pot users report discomfort or headaches after use. There have also been stories of contaminated water placing dangerous micro bacteria into your soft nasal passages causing severe illness. This is not the norm, however. Aside from the cleanliness of most water available, it is recommended to use distilled, sterile or previously boiled water. 

Frequent use of a Neti Pot can promote good sinus and nasal health if you have chronic:

  • Sinusitis
  • Facial pain
  • Headache
  • Halitosis
  • Cough
  • Anterior rhinorrhea (watery discharge)
  • Nasal congestion

For a complete, simple explanation of Neti Pot use watch this:

These are the recommended steps:

  1. Mix about 16 ounces (1 pint) of lukewarm water (distilled, sterile, or previously boiled) with 1 teaspoon of salt. 
  2. To make the mixture gentler, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to buffer the solution.
  3. Highly recommended to use distilled, sterile, or previously boiled water to make up the irrigation solution.
  4. Once you've filled the Neti pot, tilt your head over the sink at about a 45-degree angle. 
  5. Place the spout into your top nostril, and gently pour the saline solution into that nostril.
  6. The fluid will flow through your nasal cavity and out the other nostril.
  7. Liquid that begins to run down your throat, simply spit into the sink.
  8. Blow your nose to get rid of any remaining liquid.
  9. Refill the Neti Pot and repeat the process on the other side. 
  10. Be sure to thoroughly rinse the irrigation device after each use and leave open to air dry.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Juniper Allergies

Juniper allergies are part of the umbrella of Cedar Fever.

Image result for juniper tree
If you've ever touched a Juniper you know they are sticky. So is their pollen. Typically, Cedar Fever is known as a seasonal allergy. The Juniper qualifies under this category, but the season in reference is all the seasons. These trees release pollen all year round, depending on where you live. I personally am most impacted during the winter months. 

Symptoms of Juniper Allergies


  • Throat 
  • Nose
  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Roof of the mouth

Excessive mucus production

  • Clear, watery nasal discharge leading to sneezing and congestion
  • Postnasal drip
  • Can cause bad breath

Headache caused by congestion

  • Forehead
  • Behind the eyes 
  • In the face near the nose

Eye Discomfort due to presence of pollen on the eye surface.

  • Watering
  • Itching
  • Swelling

Dryness and lung congestion

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in the chest 
Individuals with asthma may experience more frequent or worsened attacks


Allergies cause you immune system to work similar to illness, flu and cold. It is exhausting for your body.

Allergena offers Specialized Immunotherapy drops and tablets to promote your immune response to pollen. Visit our site to see what we've formulated for your Zone.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Allergies: Ingested vs. Contact vs. Inhaled

I often wonder why food allergies can kill us, while seasonal allergies just make us wish we were dead.

There are four ways in which you can present an allergic reaction:
Ingested Allergies, food allergies or medication
Injected Allergies, insect bites and stings and medication
Contact Allergies, contact with your skin
Inhaled Allergies, airborne allergens like pollen

Ingested Allergies are usually Food Allergies:

Medically viewed as food hypersensitivity - this is when your immune system shows an intolerance to a food. Food allergies are most often caused by cow's milk, nuts, eggs, and fruit. Children who develop Ingested Allergies are more likely to develop other allergies later in life. 
Symptoms of food allergies can be mild, as is the case with hives after eating strawberries. Other symptoms can include red, itchy, and inflamed skin—a condition called hives. More severe symptoms of ingested allergies may include abdominal cramps, vomiting, or diarrhea accompanied by a rash, swelling of the lips or eyes which appears and disappears quickly, or, in very rare cases, anaphylactic shock: a sudden, extreme allergic reaction that may result in death. Anaphylaxis is the extreme reaction. This is a rapidly progressing allergic reaction than can be treated quickly and relieved but could lead to death without treatment.

Contact Allergies often mistaken for Irritants

There are many products we use everyday, often cleansers or lotions, that irritate our skin. The degree to which a substance is an allergen or an irritant is narrow. Common irritants include soaps, detergents, hair dyes, jewelry, solvents, waxes, or polishes. Natural allergens include poison oak, poison ivy, and ragweed.

Symptoms may include redness, itching, swelling, scaling, or blistering. Treatment is simple including appropriate over the counter creams and ointments. If symptoms continue past 3 days, you should seek medical attention. 

Inhaled Allergies are often referred to as Seasonal 

These are the allergies that change with geographic location or weather. They include allergies to cats and dogs, trees, weeds and grasses. They are literally the tiny particles you can inhale. 
Allergena offers several Sublingual Immunotherapy Formulas for these types of allergies. 
Visit Allergena to see what will work for you.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Allergic to Beautiful Women

Have you ever seen a beautiful woman and started sneezing uncontrollably?

Don't worry, you are probably not actually allergic to beautiful women, you may just be allergic to their perfume. Perfumes are made from many different products. tells us this about perfume:

While fragrant liquids used for the body are often considered perfume, true perfumes are defined as extracts or essences and contain a percentage of oil distilled in alcohol.

Human Touch of Chemistry says this:

Most perfumes are made by mixing three kinds of essential oils. Scents that fade quickly are called top notes. They are light scents that fade quickly and give the first impression, like bergamot and citronella. Middle notes last for a few hours and provide the dominant scent of the perfume. Like rose, juniper or marjoram. Finally come the base notes, made of exotic material like anise, myrrh and frankincense. The last is a thick, gum like material extracted from Boswellia trees that grow in Yemen. The dried gum when powdered and mixed with charcoal is often used in incense and dhoop sticks.

Basically, perfume, as wonderful at it smells, is airborne pollen, concentrated and complex. No wonder you sneeze. Don't get me wrong, as a woman, I love the smell of beautiful perfume especially when it is worn by a beautiful person. If it is making you sneeze, you have an option, and I'm not going to tell you to steer clear of beauty. 
Allergena is a Homeopathic Sublingual Immunotherapy. It reduces your body's negative reaction to environmental irritants such as Fragrances, Tobacco Smoke, Car Exhaust and Fireplace Smoke. Allergena homeopathic allergy drops help build immunity towards your allergic symptoms