ALLERGY

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An allergy is a basic hypersensitiveness. Some individuals respond in an exaggerated manner to certain substances, which do not produce any reaction in other people. For example if a group of people are sitting in a room with dust near by, only those who are sensitive to dust will start sneezing vigorously and have difficulty in breathing. This is because of hypersensitivity to dust as compared to others who react normally. An inherent weakness, sometimes hereditary, is why some people are hypersensitive and others are not. A person may also be hypersensitive after his resistance goes down, e.g. at the end of an acute attack of some infection.

CAUSE

It is difficult to pin point a single cause. Common causative substances may vary from simple substance like dust to mental tension. It seems that virtually anything in one's environment can lead to allergy. The various methods by which these causing substances enter the body and cause allergies are: inhalation, ingestion, direct contact, bite, physical agents (like sun rays, dry or moist cold air) and emotional disturbance.

MANIFESTATION

Allergies manifest themselves on various planes. On Skin, allergies manifest themselves as urticaria, eczema and allergic dermatitis, on Respiratory track, as allergic rhinitis (sneezing/cold), bronchitis (cough) and allergic asthma. On Gastro-intestinal track as wheat allergy, diarrhea and vomiting, on Eyes as irritation, redness and Lachrymation (watering of eyes).

HOMOEOPATHIC APPROACH

Some systems of medicine advocate Anti-histamines to cure the all forms of allergies. Homoeopathy believes that such drugs merely suppress or palliate the allergy and rarely cure it. Homoeopathy is a science that does not depend only on the diagnosis of the diseases. For most of the other therapeutic sciences treatment depends only on diagnosis. In Homeopathy equal importance is given to the patient as well as his suffering. This means when other sciences aim at treating Disease in Man, Homoeopathic science at the very inception, has been devised to treat the Man in disease. In simple terms Homeopathy aims to treat the inner man that is his immune system thereby treating the root cause of his disease which is a weak immune system. The system of homoeopathy works on the principle of taking every patient as a different entity with different medicine based on the symptoms therefore, a doctor should be consulted before taking medicines.

ALLERGIC RHINITIS

There is irritation of the nose, sneezing, running and blocking of the nose and in some cases, watering of the eyes and Sinus headaches. Attacks come in spasms and may last for a few minutes or for a few hours. In some cases the sneezing may be seasonal and occur only at a certain time of the year.

URTICARIA

This is a kind of skin allergy, which comes up in the form of small-circumscribed areas. These have a pink border and may be pale in the center. Also associated with this may be certain amount of swelling. There may be intense burning sensation and the patient may throw off his clothes or sit under the fan or have a cold water shower. So intense is the itching at times that it drives the patient to despair. The itching last for two minutes or few days.

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