By Neepa Sevak
Are your eyes itching? Are you sneezing, have a runny nose, or are you covered in hives? In that case, the most well-known enemy, “ALLERGIES” has attacked you. Allergies are a very prevalent problem, and freedom from this situation is like a dream.
There is a great misunderstanding that allergies are caused by allergens, but they are caused by an unusual reaction of our body’s weak immune system to things that are usually not harmful to a healthy body, like various allergens such as pollen, dust, cat dander, mites, and several more. In an effort to defend the body from that allergen, the immune system produces IgE antibodies called histamine. The histamine then acts on a person's eyes, nose, throat, lungs, skin, or gastrointestinal tract and causes the symptoms of the allergic reaction. Future exposure to that same allergen will activate this antibody response again. This means that every time you come into contact with that allergen, you'll have an allergic reaction. Therefore, just treating symptoms or avoiding the allergen will only give temporary relief of symptoms, and so, the permanent cure would be to strengthen the body's immune and defense system.
Causes of Allergies
- Airborne particles like dust mites (tiny bugs that live in house dust), mold and mildew (small living things that grow in damp places), animal dander and pollen from grass, flowers and trees.
- Insect bites and stings.
- Foods, such as milk, wheat, soy, eggs, nuts, seafood, and legumes, which include peas, beans, and peanuts.
- Latex, cosmetics, laundry detergent, dyes, household cleaners and pesticides.
- Certain medicines like antibiotics.
Symptoms of Allergies
- Sneezing, itching and irritation of nose, ears, throat, skin.
- Stuffy, runny or tingling nose.
- Burning, watering, itchy or red eyes.
- Cough, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
- Skin rashes like Eczema, Hives, etc.
- Feeling of sinus pressure in and around the nose and cheeks.
- Ear fullness and popping.
- Dark circles under the eyes.
- Difficulty swallowing, throat hoarseness with soreness.
- Headaches and / or Heart palpitations.
- Fatigue, Joint aches, muscle pains.
- Stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
- Swelling especially in the lips, other parts of the mouth and throat, eyelids, genitals, hands and feet (angioedema).
- Anaphylactic Shock is a serious allergic reaction, which requires immediate hospitalization.
Homeopathic Approach to Allergies
Allergies indicate a defective immune system and are considered in homeopathy as communication from the body that something is not right. Homeopathy believes that the allergen is just the trigger to the problem and not the underlying cause. Homeopathic treatment can remove the underlying cause for the allergic tendency and eliminate it completely. A homeopathic practitioner does not treat the disease itself, but looks at the entire individual and how the whole body reacts.
An appropriately selected homeopathic remedy that is individually chosen to the totality of symptoms that the person is experiencing, not just the allergy symptoms, stimulates the body's vital force and immune system so that the body can heal itself. However, homeopathic medicines can also be used to treat the acute phase of an allergy. Homeopathic treatment is safe and gentle, without any side-effects. Homoeopathy medicines are prescribed on the basis of physical, emotional, and genetic make up that individualizes a person. Homeopathy is very effective in managing all the symptoms of allergies and also plays an important role in preventing relapse of the condition and improving the general health of the person.
Another outstanding thing about homeopathy is that people on multiple medications can safely take homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic drugs are non-habit forming and have no addictive characteristics. Homeopathy has an exceptional proven safety record with the FDA with 200 years of clinical effectiveness. Since it treats in totality, it leads to a permanent long-lasting cure, rather than a temporary suppression of symptoms.
Along with homeopathic medicines some self care measures to follow:
- Keep family pets out of certain rooms, like your bedroom, and bathe them often.
- Remove carpets or rugs from your room (hard floor surfaces don't collect dust as much as carpets do).
- Get rid of items like heavy drapes that allow dust to build up.
- Clean your house very frequently.
- Use special plastic covers to seal pillows and mattresses if you're allergic to dust mites.
- If you're allergic to pollen, keep windows closed and use AC’s. Don’t use fans since they can stir up dust.
- Filter the air and clean air filters and air ducts frequently.
- Change your clothing after being outdoors and air out damp clothes and shoes before storing.
- Don’t leave wet clothes in the washer, remove them promptly.
- Don’t hang clothes out in the backyard to dry, as pollen and molds may collect in them.
- Don't mow lawns and do not collect too many indoor plants as soil encourages mold growth.
- Keep damp areas such as basements, garages and bathrooms clean and dry.
- Don't allow smoking in your house or in your car.
- Make sure there is an exhaust fan over the stove to remove cooking fumes.
Hence, try some simple and safe homeopathic medicine to treat your allergies. You may never want to go through another allergy season without homeopathic medicines.
Homeopathic Medicines for Allergies
This information is not designed to provide or suggest treatment. Please consult with your homeopathic practitioner for further information or schedule an appointment with a homeopathic practitioner.
1. Allergies Presenting With Sneezing
A. Sabadilla(Cevadilla seed); sneezing is the worst symptom; paroxysmal sneezing with violent copious watery coryza; spasmodic sneezing with runny nose from tingling, tickling in the nose; tingling in nose spreads over whole body; nasal congestion better inhaling hot air; lacrimation associated which is worse yawning and sneezing; redness of eyelid margins with burning; itching of soft palate; dry mouth but thirstless; worse outside-sensitive to open air, odors of flowers; coryza and sneezing with severe frontal HA; throat-left sided sore throat better warm drinks; wheezing when it moves to the lungs(326); Chilly worse cold, better warmth, warm food and drink; worse full moon; desires onions, radishes and honey; complementary to Sepia;
B. Nux Vomica(Poison Nut); main symptom of sneezing and coryza in the mornings(326 and 350-also Sepia); profuse coryza during day and dries up in open air; irritation of eyes, nose and face; itching in eustachian tubes, compels swallowing; very chilly; prolonged paroxysm of sneezing(351); Coryza dries up in open air, replaced with obstruction particularly at night(326, 328); snuffles(351); irritable and impatient; oversensitive to light, odors and noise; better warmth, hot drinks, humidity, rest
C. Euphrasia(Eyebright): Tears burn and nose bland(opposite of allium cepa); similar to nux vomica; sneezing with profuse lacrimation and profuse coryza worse in the morning after rising(327); nux vomica main sx is sneezing; euphrasia worse is coryza and lacrimation; tears burn the skin coryza better open air and dries up at night(328);cough much better lying down; respiration difficulty better lying(770); hay fever with asthma(326 and 329); eyes water constantly; frequent blinking which ameliorates; burning swollen eyelids; sticky mucous on cornea; photophobia; dryness and violent itching of eyes, better rubbing; lacrimation worse wind and cold air; congested HA with pressure in eyes; chilliness, cannot get warm in bed; worse indoors, warmth, wind sunlight, during night, morning, after sleep; better open air and darkness
D. Dulcamara(Bittersweet): key symptom is worse cold damp weather,worse change of weather from warm to cold, from dry to moist and from suddenly cooling the body while perspiring, esp hot days and cold nights as occurs in autumn(503); coryza annual; sneezing constant; worse newly mowed grass and drying weeds; worse living in mountains or near ocean when days are still hot but nights suddenly become chilly as happens in the fall; babies that are warm all day and brought out in the cool night air that develop sudden colds or diarrhea; worse sitting on damp, cold moist ground; worse heat to air conditioning; worse open air; nose totally stopped up in cold damp; wants nose kept warm; every cold settles in eyes; HA from stoppage of coryza; frequent urination; thirsty; worse before storms; better warmth, moving about, dry weather;
2. Allergies Presenting With Excoriating Discharge
A. Allium cepa(red onion); acrid nasal discharge with bland lacrimation; redness and soreness underneath the nose;cold, simple hayfever, laryngitis, earaches, colic, traumatic neuritis, worse warmth and warm room; worse evening; better cold air; frequent violent sneezing; burning in the eyes; discharge is thin and watery; upper lip is red, excoriated and may be swollen; left going to right; frontal HA better coryza, worse closing eyes; coryza extends to the chest; larynx has tearing sensation on coughing-feels torn; must hold throat; tickling hacking cough, worse breathing cold air, worse warm room, worse lying down in evening; HA worse closing eyes; better open air; photophobia; otitis media; red streak out of left nostril; craves onions which ameliorate
B. Arum Triphyllum(jack in the pulpit); extremely acrid, excoriating discharge producing raw sores; boring finger in the nose; tingling; Inflammation of the tongue with acrid discharge from the nose; inflammation of the root of the tongue, throat, soft palate and tonsils; glands of neck are swollen; obstructed nose-must mouth breathe; sneezing worse at night; acrid blood streaked coryza; followed by paralytic weakness making it impossible for him to swallow liquids or food and when the mouth forces food into the pharynx the esophagus refuses to operate and fluids are forced up into the nose and run out; nostrils are so sore that they feel filled with fire, tingling and tickling; inflammation of the nasal-lacrimal canal followed by discharge of tears over the cheeks; talks through the nose, breathes through the mouth; nose is stopped up on left side; worse left side; constant painful clearing of the throat worse coughing;face feels hot and chapped; irritable, stubborn and nervous; lips raw and bleeding from the tickling and subsequent picking; photophobia; hoarseness of singers and public speakers-helps them finish the performance-uncontrollable changing pitches and then deep hoarseness-patchy inflammation of the cords
C. Bromium: Warm; worse overheated; HA and hoarseness worse becoming overheated; watery acrid discharge with a lot of burning, rawness and itching in the nose; upper lip can be irritated; sensation of coldness in nose as if inhaling old air; frequent sneezing with excoriating discharge; HA-heavy pressure in forehead as if pushing brain out and don through the root of the nose; nose obstructed right to left; nasal obstruction with dripping; tickling and hoarseness of larynx; sore throat worse left side;rawness of the larynx from inhaled air; loss of voice or hoarseness from overheating; flushed face;nose coryza chronic, coryza obstinate, coryza annual; asthma;
3. Allergies Presenting With Obstruction with Excoriating Discharge
A. Kali iodatum; warm; restless; obstruction of nose worse on waking; violent paroxysms of sneezing on waking; worse 5AM; excoriating discharge-thin or thick; yellow green discharge; copious DC with feeling of fullness and stuffiness in the head; fullness and obstruction sensation at the root of the nose; worse warmth; hurts to breathe through nose; burning pulsating pains in nose worse heat; sinusitis; early stages clear DC and later thick green; better from discharge and worse obstruction; hay asthma; annual coryza with asthma; incessant violent sneezing for an hour or more every morning; acrid coryza with salivation and SOB; tenacious mucous in nose; thirsty; cheerful loquacity with jesting; better cold, open air, motion
B. Kali bichromicum; maxillary sinusitis; thick stringy greenish yellow mucous from nose and throat; thick PND with frequent hawking; profuse, watery, irritating coryza/PND; aching fullness in nasal bones and sinuses, better hard pressure; violent sneezing; loss of smell; snuffles of children; chilly; thirsty; worse cold damp and better warmth; HA in spots; stringy mucous
B. Arsenicum album: Excoriating watery nasal DC with obstruction; right sided or involves the root(341);violent sneezing; sensitive to inhaled air; extends to sinuses and chest; burning pains better heat and warm applications; coryza better warm room-dries up and obstructs;restlessness; chilliness; wants to stay inside(kali iodatum wants to be outside); sneezing as if tickled by a feather from a single spot; burning;sneezing without relief;burning eyes with hot acrid tars; intense photophobia;dull throbbing HA better cold compressed; fastidiousness; self centered neediness; burning thirst for sips of color or warm drinks; disgust for sight/smell of food; worse open air, cold food and drinks; worse midnight-2AM; worse change of weather
C. Arsenicum iodatum; obstruction with excoriating discharge; warm arsenicum album;extreme restlessness; discharge with tickling; discharges more excoriating than Ars alb; drenching night sweats; very irritating, burning, hot corrosive, profuse, thin, watery or green violent coryza; red sore, swollen nostrils; irritating tingling of nose; constant desire to sneeze which aggravates; aching in facial bones; very thirsty for cold drinks;worse indoors, tobacco, exertion; better open air;
4. Allgeriges Presenting WIth Obstruction with No Discharge
A. Sticta pulmonaria(lungwort); totally stuffed; obstruction at the root of the nose; constant desire to blow nose, but nothing comes out; nose is too swollen(Kali bic is too thick); discharge dries up so quickly that never leaves the nose; forms crusts; pressure and fullness at the root of nose; accompanied by HA above the bridge of the nose; desire to bore and pick at the nose; obstruction worse at night while lying down or sleeping; strange mental symptoms-feel as floating in air or feet not touching ground; more dryness than mucus obstruction; incessant sneezing; nasal obstruction worse at night; pressure HA above eyes before coryza appears; soreness of eyes and burning of eyelids; raw throat; hacking cough worse at night;
B. Sinapsis nigra(black mustard): Obstruction and dryness with burning pains; mucosa feel dry and hot; obstruction at root of one side; worse left or alternating sides;if DC present, usually scanty and excoriating;can be fluent but hot and burning;coryza worse lying and better sitting up; hacking cough better lying; severe respiratory component; alternating obstruction of nostrils; PND feels cold; thick lumpy mucus; sneezing worse in morning; burning, itching, smarting of eyes; chest oppression worse lying down at night
C. Psorinum: obstruction from dryness or thick glue like discharge with offensive crusts; offensiveness of DC; extremely chilly;worse cold and better warmth;better indoors;better lying down with outstretched arms; inhaling air painful to nasal mucosa; dryness
5. Allergies Presenting With Itching of the Palate, Mouth, Throat or Ears
A. Arundo mauritanica(reed): strong itching inside nose; sneezing with itching of nostrils; palate, eyes, ears, roof of mouth, extremities itch;burning accompanies the itching; profuse salivation during the coryza; discharge from nose bluish color; coryza with loss of smell; eczema behind ears
B. Wyethia(poison weed): Itching mostly of soft palate; makes snorting or clucking sound trying to scratch the plate or use the tongue to scratch but does not ameliorate; drives people crazy; posterior nares feel an irritation which can't be drawn down; throat feels dry; uvula feels elongated; irritable throats of singers and public speakers; throat feels swollen; apathy to work, inability to concentrate; also itchiness of eyes,ear canals, and skin; profuse burning acrid coryza; constant difficult hawking;throat feels swollen;constant desire to swallow ropy saliva ; depressed, nervous, weak and lethargic; perspire easily; worse afternoon
C. Ranunculus bulbosa(buttercup): Itching of soft palate with burning in the eyes; worse evening and worse warm room; pressing at the root of the nose; obstructed nose with thick viscid mucous;more eye involvement than wyethia or arundo; strong itching, better rubbing; salivation with copper taste; worse atmospheric changes; herpes zoster;very chilly; irritable and quarrelsome esp with family; puritanical; irritable under the surface
D. Silica: much itching in eustachian tubes, palate and inside nose;violent paroxysmal sneezing; ineffectual efforts to sneeze;want to scratch eustachian tubes with finger
E. Agaricus muscarius(toadstool): itching of palate, ear, eye, nose, eustachian tube; inner canthi get very red; coughing leads to sneezing; jerking, twitching, trembling and itching; nystagmus
F. Arum triphyllum(see above)
6. Allergies Presenting With Eye Involvement
A. Pulsatilla(windflower): Itching and burning of eyes; conjunctivitis; nasal obstruction in warm room and coryza in open air; worse twilight; better open air; better washing eyes with cold water; profuse thick, creamy, yellowish green, bland coryza/PND; frequent sneezing; sore nostrils; red itchy swollen eyes; profuse lacrimation in open air/wind;thirstlessness; weep easily;sensitive; changeable moodiness; better company and consolation
B. Sulphur: Much itching; worse warm room; itching begins in the morning and continues all day; red rims of the eyes; worse bathing
C. Apis mellifica(honey bee): Eyes very swollen; not as much itching; water bag swelling; lids red and edematous as if filled with water; can hardly open eyes;stinging pains; worse heat and better cold; pink color;lips, mouth, throat swelling as well;intense chemosis;profuse hot lacrimation; photophobia; fishbone sensation in throat; constriction of throat and laryngeal spasm; sensation of suffocation; sudden splinter like piercing pains
D. Argentum nitricum(silver nitrate): Swollen conjunctiva more than lids; beefy red and looks like raw meat; better cold applications;
7. Allergies Presenting With Chest Involvement
A. Iodum: Hayfever with asthmatic breathing; hot, restless; hyperthyroidism; strong affect on the chest; pt comes in for breathing difficulties;sneezing with watery excoriating coryza and obstruction; onset of coryza in open air, ceases on entering warm room and nose obstructs; discharge may feel HOT; worse heat; emaciation when eating well; pulsation of the heart felt through the entire body
8. Allergies Presenting With Weakness
A. Gelsemium sempivirens(yellow jasmine): Complete debilitation; overwhelming fatigue, dullness, heaviness;wants to lie down; worst hot weather;chilly i general; violent paroxysms of sneezing worse AM due to tingling of nose; chills up and down spine; coryza excoriating with burning pains; may have obstruction; can't keep their eyes open; maddening headaches;
B. Carbo vegetabilis(vegetable charcoal): Debility and collapse; sluggish stagnation, venous stagnation; strong desire to be fanned; chilly and averse cold air but needs air circulating; great abdominal distension and eructation; cannot lie flat;coryza annual and asthmatic breathing(326); coryza with cough and expectoration in bed(327); coryza overheated, from becoming(328)
9. Miscellaneous Allergy Remedies
A. Histaminum: Itching, crawling, tickling, tingling and painful dryness inside nose; wet sensation inside nose but no discharge; one sided nasal obstruction; sneezing from dust; dry itching mouth;face feels hot; ears stopped up;itching hives, better scratching, psychogenic allergies;nervous restlessness; quarrelsome; alternating sensations of heat and cold; generally worse heat and better cold air; desires to be fanned;may try when symptoms of acute hayfever do not appear to correspond to any other remedy;