An allergy is a hypersensitive reaction, where the Immune System of certain individuals, mounts an immune response to a particular substance that, in similar amounts and circumstances, is innocuous to other people. Allergens, or allergy-causing substances, can be airborne (pollens, dust, smoke), infectious agents (bacteria, fungi, parasites), foods (strawberries, chocolate, eggs, wheat), contactants (poison ivy, chemicals, dyes), or physical agents (light, heat, cold).
Allergens can affect the respiratory system (Asthma or Hay Fever), or they can affect the Skin (wheals and Rashes). Allergens may also act on the gastrointestinal tract (nausea and Vomiting). Allergic reactions to substances injected into the bloodstream can cause violent and sometimes fatal reactions.
The best treatment for an allergic reaction is prevention, and the elimination of the offending substance from the sensitive person?s environment. Antihistamine drugs may offer temporary relief.
Fish Oil (1)
Evening Primrose Oil (1)
Vitamin A (2)
Vitamin B6 (3,4)
Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids (5,6)
Vitamin E (7)
Sneezing and watery nose, not sore.
Eyes itch, burn and water profusely.
Burning nose and Eyes.
Chest feels tight.
Hay Fever that is better outdoors.
Hay Fever that has caused sinus obstruction.
Severe Hay Fever with violent sneezing, heavy Eyes, Headache.
Patient is flushed and groggy.
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