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What is allergic rhinitis?
Allergic rhinitis is defined as allergic symptoms in the nasal passage. Allergic rhinitis can be seasonal (occurring during specific seasons) or perennial (occurring year round). The allergens that most commonly cause seasonal allergic rhinitis include pollens from trees,grasses and weeds, as well as spores from fungi and moulds. The allergens that most commonly cause perennial allergic rhinitis are house dust mites, cockroaches,animal dander,and fungi or moulds. Perennial allergic rhinitis tends to be more difficult to treat.
How does allergic rhinitis occur ?
This condition occurs when allergens (allergy- causing substances) come into contact with the nose, and usually also the ears, sinuses, and the throat. When allergens come in contact with the lining of the nose and sinuses, they trigger the cells to release the chemical histamine, which causes the allergy symptoms described below.
What are the symptoms ?
- Nasal congestion
- Watery " runny nose"
- Itchy eyes,nose,or throat
- Puffy eyes or 'allergic shiners'
- Post nasal drip
These symptoms may occur during a certain season or year long. They can occur at any age.
What is the treatment for allergic rhinitis ?
A number of medications, including antihistamines, intranasal corticosteroids, and decongestants are available to control symptoms. Allergen immunotherapy could provide long lasting benefit. You can "train" your immune system not to react exaggerated to an allergen anymore.
Immunity –bal (बल) and ayurveda
In different stages of the life it is important that we maintain a healthy one, the specific system has been developed in form of सहजबल, कालबल, और युक्तिकृतबल with the help of which you get strength (बल-bal) throughout the life. System of this procedure of medicines is known as संस्कार.
What is sanskar (संस्कार)?
“संस्कारो हि गुणान्तराधानं”
संस्कार is the procedure of adulteration of quality of life or enhancing the good things.
Suvarnaprashan - a powerful child immunization procedure
सुवर्णप्राशनं ह्येतनमेधाग्निबलवर्धनम् | आयुष्यम मङ्गलं पुण्यं वृष्यम वर्णयं ग्रहापहम ||
म|सात परममेधावी व्याधिर्भिन च धृष्यते | षड़भिर्मासै: श्रुतधर: सुवर्णप्राशनाद्भवेत || का.सं.सू.
If you are looking for an effective ayurvedic way, which helps in boosting your child’s immunity and health, you should opt for सुवर्णप्राशन. Suvarnaprashan, used over thousands of years, is completely natural as it is prepared from gold (सूवर्ण), medicated gow ghrita (औषधीय घृत) and honey (मधु), which goes through proper processing according to completely safe classic ayurvedic method. It’s a licking foam preparation (लेह/लिढ प्रकार औषधी). It is ideal method for building the overall health and intelligence of your child.
The specific benefits ascribed to svarnaprashan are as follows
Medha agni bala vardhanam (improvement of intellect, digestion, metabolism, immunity, and physical strength) ayushyam (promoting lifespan) mangalam (auspicious) punyam (righteous) vrushyam (aphrodisiac) varnyam (enhancement of color and complexion) grahapaham (protection from evil spirits and microorganisms)
How suvarnaprashan works?
The three components of suvarnaprashan work together towards enhancing the immunity and as each of them individually works on the betterment of immunity.
Goldit is an immuno-modulator (i. E. It reconstructs the immune system) provides bal to the bodyenhances life potencyenriches the texture of the skinpharmacological studies showed specific and nonspecific immune responses, which were modified in a positive manner in swarna bhasma treated. It also had a stimulatory effect on peritonealmacrophages, which may be helpful to fight against infections. Note: it is evidently mentioned in the texts of ayurveda that any form of gold should be used internally only after proper purification failing to do, which may result in complications that may be even life-threatening. The type of gold to be used, mode of administration of different forms, theirs benefits and therapeutic indications are also clearly explainedcow ghrit or gheeresearch indicates that phenolic antioxidants present in the ghee help in boosting the immune systemit is rich in vitamin a & e, which help fight free radicals and promote good healthcla (conjugated linolenic acid) in ghee lowers the level of bad cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein) and triglycerides in the body. Ghee also improves our vision by helping our bodies properly digest fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin a. It detoxifies the body by dissolving the toxins, which are then excreted out of the body through intestine. Butyric acid, is the most important element in ghee, which has also been linked to the stimulation of t-cell production, which are the heavy hitting cells of the immune system. The use of cow ghee can help supercharge your immune system. Dose shaman of vata (वात) and pitta (पित्त) vikar (it balances the vata and pita dosha) rasa, shukra and oja vardhank (appharodiatic in nature and improve immunity) sanskarasya anuvartanam (gives a boost to the potency of the medication) twachya (enhances the complexion of the skin) dhee, dhruti, smruti, medha vardhak (enhances the intellectual power of the brain) agni vardhak (amplifies the digestive fire) honeyhoney contains a protein made by bees called defensin-1, which is the most active germ killing ingredient in honey. It makes the penetration of other medicines easy. Easily palatable for childrencontains high level of nutrients and glucosechakshusya (चक्षुष्य) (improves eyesight) vishahara (वृष्य) (aphrodisiac in nature) rakta, pittahara (रक्त & पित्तहर) (takes care of blood and pitta imbalance)
In a pharmaco-clinical study conducted on neonates madhu-ghrita-swarna-vacha combination shows a significant effect on humoral antibody formation and it acted on immunological system, which was evident by triggering the response of immunological system by a rise in the total proteins and serum igg levels.
The problems like bed wetting and indigestion are decreasedreduced recurrency of frequent cough and cold. Reduced hospital visitshyperactive children become calm and it enhances concentrationchildrens are taking interest in study and sportssuvarnaprashan increases immunity power in disorders like epileptic convulsion, allergy, hepatitis-bimproves speech
Things to note
Suvarnaprashan can be given to your child from childbirth till the age of 12 years. Ideally, it should be given early in the morning on an empty stomach. Feed your child 30 minutes after giving suvarnaprashan. The specific benefits of swarnaprashana according to the duration of administration have been mentioned such as: if administered for 1 month, the baby will become parama medhavi (highly intelligent) and vyadhibhir na cha drusyate (will not be affected by any disease) if administered for 6 months, the baby will become srutadhara (will be able to remember the things, which are just heard. You can follow a dosage for a period of 30 days. You may extend this till 180 days. Afterwards follow up on every pushyanaxatra (पुष्यनक्षत्र. Your child should face the east side when taking this medicine. Suvarnaprashan is also known by other names such as swarna amruta prashana, swarna bindu prashana, suvarnaprashan, swarna prashana and swarnaprashan.
However, in conditions such as acute fever, swarnprashan can increase your body temperature. It is contraindicative in condition such as diarrhea, vomiting. Hence, it is important to consult an experienced and well-known ayurveda practitioner before starting this ayurveda process
I am susceptible to allergic attacks at change of season after my kidney transplant. What is the solution?
I am suffering from allergies all the time, sometimes from dust, cold air, cold water then I sneeze a lot, so what can I do about that? I used to take anti allergies which my doctor used to give me, now should I just take any anti allergy. Also my hands are peeling, like I used some soap and now whenever I put my hand in water, I peel more and more. What should I do?
Seasonal changes can be very exciting for most people. Each season brings with it a new set of colours and nature takes a new turn. However, for people with seasonal allergies, a seasonal change also comes with a set of allergies. From skin rashes to wheezing to breathing difficulties, the list of symptoms can be quite long. Asthma is the most common problem, and the attacks can be quite bothersome with wheezing attacks and breathing troubles.
With advancements in the field of medicine, there is a lot of relief for asthma patients. A little understanding on how asthma attacks happen will help in understanding how to control it. Asthma is an allergic reaction caused by narrowing of the airway with thick mucus, which makes breathing difficult. During an attack, the person can have a dry cough, face shortness of breath and wheezing.
Asthma is often triggered or worsened by some factors, and being aware of these can help prevent or manage an attack:
- Common allergens like pollen, mites, ticks, furs of animals, bird feathers, specific foods (peanuts, milk products, eggs, etc.) and mold spores appear during change of season.
- Environmental chemicals like cigarette smoke, car fumes, dust, etc., can also trigger an attack.
- Attacks of cold or flu can lead to an asthma attack.
- Workout during cold weather can be problematic, but exercise can also help control asthma attacks. Lung function improves sufficiently, but an exercise regime should be drawn up for the patient based on his condition.
- Stressful emotions like anger and anxiety can also lead to an attack or make it worse.
- Some medications like aspirin, beta blockers, glaucoma drops can aggravate attacks of asthma.
- The preventers reduce the inflammation in the airway tube and the swelling. While they do not provide immediate relief during an attack, using these in the long term helps avoid attacks. These are low-dose inhaled corticosteroids such as beclomethasone, fluticasone, and budesonide. Doctors would advise their usage even when there are no symptoms, as asthma attacks can be triggered when they are not taking these medications for a while. Newer drugs include leukotriene antagonists like montelukast and zafirlukast. Relievers are used for symptom relief and include Salbutamol (short acting) and Salmeterol/Formoterol (long acting). Peak flow meter may be useful in acute attacks, wherein the peak flow rates can be reduced.
A good strategy is to use preventers regularly and rely on relievers during an attack. The first one helps build resistance and so reduces the incidence of attacks. Reach out to a doctor if a severe attack ensues (lasts more than 3 hours).
A respiratory disorder, the inflammation of the lining in the bronchial tubes, which are responsible for carrying air to and from your lungs is known as bronchitis. Allergic bronchitis is a disorder that develops, if you have severe allergies which result in a bronchial immune system reaction.
Allergic Bronchitis requires medical diagnosis by your healthcare provider who can differentiate the allergic form of bronchitis from the normal form of bronchitis by searching for other symptoms related to the allergy. Allergic bronchitis often occurs due to seasonal allergies, making it an acute condition. If you are suffering from lingering bronchitis issues caused due to allergies, an allergy test is recommended so that the doctor can accurately assess the condition.
The symptoms of allergic bronchitis are similar to the regular form bronchitis. Only difference is that the symptoms are triggered by allergies. Some of the symptoms are given below:
Cough which may form mucus
Body aches and breathlessness
Fever with chills
Over the years, Ayurvedic practitioners have prepared and prescribed a number of remedies that can address the issue of allergic bronchitis.
Some of the Ayurvedic remedies are listed below:
Below listed remedies should be taken 3 times in a day for quick relief.
2 grams of Shringyadi Churna should be taken along with 100 mg of Kaphachintamani and Kaphaketu.
Talisadi churna should be mixed with honey and ginger juice.
2 grams of Sitopaladi Churna should be mixed with 200 mg of Praval Pisthi as well as 100 mg of Rasa Sindur.
Haridra khand (one spoon) should be taken along with a cup of warm milk.
Other natural remedies, according to Ayurveda include:
The onset of winter brings with it chilly and dry winds. For some, it’s the time to enjoy the chill weather with hot water baths and soothing drinks, and for others it’s time to brave the long persistent cold and flu like symptoms which cause sickness and discomfort.
People who are allergic to the winter season can catch a cold on the slightest exposure to cold air. Sometimes, it’s difficult to ascertain whether it is cold or an external allergen. In people prone to winter allergies, the allergies are mainly caused due to the allergens present in the environment. Mostly, winter allergies are also caused by the same allergens that are triggered in the summer season.
Thus, people who have some or the other form of seasonal allergy is likely to suffer from allergies as the season changes.
- Pet dander (flakes of skin in an animal's fur or hair) allergies are believed to escalate in winter since pets are mostly indoors during this season. The best way to deal with this is keeping the pet’s area clean and dry, washing and changing of the bedding regularly, and avoiding physical contact as much as possible.
- Dampness of clothes, blankets and shoes at home can be an allergy trigger for many people. The best way to control this type of allergy is to keep damp clothes and shoes in sun for some time. However, this may not work in many countries with extreme cold climates, which lack sunshine in their environment.
- Decaying leaves and other yard waste can cause allergies due to mould and mildew. Mopping and sweeping the floors and garden can help alleviate the problem to some extent.
- Dry climate can cause irritation in the nose and throat. It’s important to replenish the body with adequate liquids and water rich fruits and veggies. It’s important to choose your drinks wisely. Too much tea or coffee can also dehydrate the body. Go for ginger lemon honey infused in warm water for best results.
- Allergy symptoms can also be caused due to too much moisture in the environment. It can give rise to a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Thus it’s best to avoid sitting in a moist environment for long.
- Sinus congestions are also common during the winter season. Steam inhalation and hot showers can help relieve the symptoms and provide relief.
Whether you are allergic to pets, moisture, dampness, dry weather or chilled winds, the thumb rule is twofold—to understand what triggers your allergies and to avoid your exposure to those allergens. As we all know, allergies have no cure and they need to be managed. Drugs also help in controlling the allergy symptoms to some extent. However, it’s best to prevent them as far as possible. If you are confused about what triggers your allergy, make sure to consult your doctor.