Oral Allergy Syndrome

The word "allergy" did not exist a century ago, but today respiratory allergies are a leading cause of chronic illness, especially among children and the numbers have increased since the 1950's.

Oral Allergy Syndrome or pollen-associated food allergy syndrome is the most common food allergy in adults to the proteins found in some fresh fruits and vegetables, some nuts and spices. These are the same allergy-causing proteins found in pollens, such as ragweed, birch, mugwort and grasses. The immune system recognizes a similarity between the food and pollen’s proteins, which causes cross reactivity.

Seasonal allergies produce itchy nose and eyes, but hay-fever sufferers get an itching feeling in their mouth, throat and lips when they consume certain foods. The worst offenders include apples, peaches, plums, cherries, nectarines, hazelnuts, almonds, carrots. People who are allergic to birch pollen have a reaction to apples, celery, pears and other raw fruits containing pits because botanically they are close to birch. People with ragweed pollen sensitivity are irritated by melons, cucumber, zucchini and banana. Grass pollen sensitivity people are bothered by tomatoes, melons and oranges. Keep in mind however, that this person may actually be experiencing a food bio-incompatibility issue if their blood type is A, instead of an actual allergy.

Symptoms include oral itching, tingling in the throat and mouth, slight swelling of the lips. It is an intense reaction that happens within seconds or minutes of putting the food in their mouth. It can be very uncomfortable. It affects some people with seasonal allergies and not others based on the health of their immune system and the condition of their intestines. People with Leaky Gut have seasonal allergies in common.

If symptoms reoccur or persist, avoid the offending food until the gut is healed and the immune system is strong again. If raw apples bother you, try apple sauce. Food allergy-causing protein is easily broken down by cooking or processing. Peeling fruit will remove the allergens that tend to be concentrated under the skin. Frozen fruits and vegetables may be good choices too.

This led me to wonder if taking a homeopathic remedy such as Ambrosia (ragweed) would help the body resolve an allergic reaction to ragweed, or Artemisia Vulgaris (mugwort) would do the same thing? In looking for the answer to that question, I found mention of several controlled studies where half the patients were given a placebo and half of the patients were given a homeopathic dose of whatever substance they were allergic to. Those who received the remedy experienced significant improvement compared to the improvement typically experienced by patients given steroidal drugs, but without side effects. People with hay fever took Galphimia galicia 3x, 4x, 4c or 6c as long as their symptoms persisted.

The concept of using small doses of the substance that causes an allergic reaction, in order to prevent or heal the person is not a new idea. This is the basis of natural medicine practiced by healers and physicians all over the world since ancient times. Considering the widely recognized safety of homeopathic medicines, it makes sense to consider safe methods of treatment before resorting to prescribed pharmaceutical drugs that are equally widely known for causing more symptoms and side effects than the original complaint. It is uncertain how long the therapeutic benefits will last, long-term.

Allium Cepa (red onion) produces the same symptoms of allergic response that a person experiences while peeling an onion. Allium cepa is indicated when the tears flow copiously and are worse when exposed to damp air.

Arsenicum alba The person is always restless and anxious, along with allergy and hay fever symptoms. The allergy symptoms are worse after midnight. They are very thirsty, chilly and experience asthmatic breathing with the allergic attack.

Betula is made from the birch tree and is used to treat birch allergies with positive results.

Dulcamara (woody nightshade) is indicated when a person experiences cough that is worse in cold, wet weather with free expectoration, tickling in the larynx. Cough, hoarse, spasmodic. Whooping cough with excessive mucous secretions. Asthma with dyspnea. Loose, rattling cough, worse wet weather. Prolonged fits of coughing with much loose easy expectoration after physical exertion. Impending paralysis of lungs. Complete stoppage of nose. Stuffs up in cold rain. Wants nose kept warm.

Euphrasia is indicated when the allergy symptoms are bland nasal discharge that is worse lying down. The person who needs Euphrasia can also experience stinging eye discharge that is irritating to the skin.

Nux vomica is indicated to treat allergies in an irritated and impatient individual. This homeopathic allergy medicine treats allergies that are better outside. The person needing this remedy feels chilled and sneezes frequently. The mucus flows well during the day, but becomes clogged up at night.

Pulsatilla fits a clingy person, or one who becomes clingy when they are ill. They prefer cold rooms or to be outside in fresh air. Their allergies are worse when they lie down in a warm room and they have no thirst.

Allergies can be treated with homeopathy simply and inexpensively, but most importantly effectively, without the side effects of suppressive treatments like allergy medicines. Decongestants and expectorants relieve symptoms temporarily, but that's just not good enough is it? You wan tot get at the root of the problem and create a more permanent sure by increasing the vital force inside you.

Entries are from Lotus Materials Medica and Repertory. Uses are based on traditional homeopathic practice and have not been reviewed by the FDA. Consult a licensed homeopathic practitioner before self diagnosing and treatment with homeopathic remedies.

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