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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Juniper Allergies

Juniper allergies are part of the umbrella of Cedar Fever.

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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

Itching

  • 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

Fatigue

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.

Madehow.com 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 

A Cold Spell Hits Florida

If you live in Florida, you are currently experiencing an unexpected cold spell. How about unexpected allergies?

I came to Florida to visit my friend, hoping for a nice warm relief from the cold. I was welcomed by gusty 35 degree weather. To say I was disappointed is an understatement.
Interestingly, my friend was a fit of watery eyes, nose and sneezing. He keeps telling me he has a cold but I'm convinced he has allergies. "How can I have allergies, I've never had allergies?"
Well here we go...
As a reminder, because of the nature of allergens, you can form allergies at any point in your life to anything.

In a climate like Florida, Allergies are bound to develop.

Florida is a wildlife playground. There are millions of variations of grasses, shrubs and trees. During the rain, the plant life is nourished and thrives after the rain. During a cold spell, like this week, the plants briefly hibernate and when the sun and rain emerge again. When adults from other parts of the country move to a pollen rich environment like Florida, the allergens are new to their system and after a couple months or even years can develop into full blown allergies. 

The immune system defends us against disease. When harmful substances are detected, such as pollens, the immune system creates antibodies, which destroy or neutralize allergens (i.e. pollens, dust and/or mold) that cause us to have allergic reactions. However, sometimes even our immune system is not strong enough to defend against these allergens. Allergena is a Homeopathic Sublingual Immunotherapy that reduces the body's negative reaction to allergens. Our homeopathic allergy drops build immunity by exposing your body in micro doses to whatever it is that you are allergic to. This way, the body becomes safely conditioned to tolerate the allergens that previously brought on allergic reactions, and ultimately reduce allergic symptoms. Below are a few definitions to give you a better idea of how Allergena works: 
• Sublingual: Underneath the tongue. • Immunotherapy: Treatment to stimulate or restore the ability of the immune (defense)   system to fight infection and disease. Allergy shots are another form of Immunotherapy. 
To begin Immunotherapy for your Florida Allergies Order Today 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Indoor Allergies Making You Sneeze

In the winter, the most common allergies making you sneeze are pet dander, dust and indoor mold.  

Allergena offers Immunotherapy for allergies that will be impacting you all year round.

How does Allergena Pet Dander work?


The immune system defends us against disease. When harmful substances are detected, such as animal dander, the immune system creates antibodies. The antibodies destroy or neutralize allergens (i.e. mold, animal dander and/or pollens) that are causing your allergic reactions.






How does Allergena Dust + Mite work?


The immune system defends us against disease. When harmful substances are detected, such as dust, the immune system creates antibodies. The antibodies destroy or neutralize allergens (i.e. dust mites, mold and/or pollens) that are causing your allergic reactions.






How does Allergena Mold Mix work?


The immune system defends us against disease. When harmful substances are detected, such as mold, the immune system creates antibodies. The antibodies destroy or neutralize allergens (i.e. mold, fungi and/or pollens) that are causing your allergic reactions.

*Important to remember that Immunotherapy is an ongoing effort. It is not an allergen blocker and it is not to take away symptoms that are currently present. It is similar to receiving allergy shots, but much simpler and less evasive.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

What is the difference between Anaphylaxis and Allergic Reaction?

Allergies, while simple can potentially cause Anaphylaxis, which can be fatal!


From the movie "Hitch" with Will Smith.

This scene had me laughing to tears. What this scene represents is Anaphylaxis. There are other photos available of real people who have not been visited by a team of makeup artists, they actually look like this due to an allergic reaction. The potential outcome is Anaphylactic Shock which can be fatal.

Description of Anaphylaxis:

Within minutes or hours of being exposed to your allergy trigger, your body starts a chain reaction that widens your blood vessels, which can lower your blood pressure. You many pass out. You may get hives and swelling, especially around your face and throat. You may have trouble breathing, talking or swallowing.
If these symptoms occur, you are having a Medical Emergency! 

Call 911!

Anaphylaxis can progress to loss of consciousness very quickly, don't wait... and don't try to walk to the nearest drug store and start drinking a "Benadryl Juice Box."

Common Triggers for Anaphylaxis:

  • Peanuts and tree nuts 
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Latex
  • Medications

If you do not have less evasive allergic reactions you probably will never have the more severe reactions discussed. But as we know, some of us acquire allergies as we age, so be aware of the onset of minor allergic reactions.
  • Tingling or itchy mouth
  • Hives, itching or eczema
  • swelling of your lips, face, tongue and throat
  • Wheezing, sinus congestion and trouble breathing
  • Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness, light headedness and fainting 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

But I don't have Allergies!

If you have never had Allergies don't be surprised if you get them later in life.

This is referred to Adult Onset of Allergies. Many individuals have suffered from allergies since childhood, others develop them later in life. Initially when you experience the symptoms, you believe you have a cold or flu. Then you realize because of the duration you realize it is allergies. 

Some of the reasons you will develop allergies as an adult are:

  • Sedentary lifestyle: lack of exercise causes your immune system to weaken.
  • Hyper Sanitary lifestyle: lack of exposure to bacteria actually weakens your immune system.
  • Increased pollution: pollen having more opportunity for travel on other airborne pollutants.
  • Poor Ventilation in homes and offices: a good allergen filter for ventilation needs to be cleaned or replaced regularly.
  • Growing populations of dust mites: many people are simply allergic to dust mites, actually the excrement of dust mites.
You are going to have to handle allergies the way everyone else does, on sneeze at a time. You have a few options to choose from. 
You can just deal with it: keep a supply of allergy suppressants in the cabinet.
You can see an allergists to get shots: injection immunotherapy lasts a couple years.
You can seek the alternative to shots; Sublingual drops.
Meditrend can provide Allergy Immunotherapy for each Zone of the US.