An ‘allergy’ can be described as sensitivity of the body to a substance which does not normally affect other people. There are innumerable substances in the environment which can cause mild to violent reactions in many people. These reactions range from true allergies due to intolerance of certain foods and substances, to those resulting from pollution.
Allergies reactions may occur within a few minutes of the patient coming in contact with the allergen, or they may be delayed for several hours or even several days. Almost any part of the body that can be affected is called a shock organ. Common sites are the nose, and eyes, the skin, the chest, intestine and ears.
Allergic reactions are caused by a wide range of substances and conditions. These include pollen, dust, cosmetics and animal hair; poisonous plants, serums, vaccines and drugs; physical agents such as heat, cold and sunlight; as well as a variety of foods. Among the numerous allergies in the food department, the more common ones are oranges milk, eggs, wheat, fish, chocolates, cabbage, potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries.
Symptoms of the Skin Allergies
The symptoms of the allergies are as varied as the substances causing the reaction. These include recurring headache, migraine, dizziness, irritability, nervousness, depression, neuralgia, sneezing, conjunctivitis, diabetes, eczema, heart-burn,, hay fever, indigestion, constipation, diarrhoea, gastric ulcer, asthma, overweight, high blood pressure, chest pain, heart attack, a stuffy or runny nose, shortness of breath, swelling of the face and eyes, ect. The same food can cause different symptoms in different people. Many allergies are multiple and may be caused by multiple allergies.
Causative factors of different allergies
Allergy is an indication of the lowered resistance and internal disharmony caused by dietetic errors and a faulty style of living. It is believed that the major cause of allergy is feeding babies such food as cereals, meat, corn, whole milk, etc. before they react at the age of 10 to 12 months. These foods cause allergic reactions as a baby lacks the proper enzymes needed for their digestion before that age. Babies should be breastfed for at least eight months as this is nature’s way of providing all the required nutrients during this period.
Another important cause of the allergy is today’s processed foods loaded with numerous chemical additives, many of which cause powerful reactions as allergic conditions can result from diet imbalances. There can be a breakdown in the baby’s ability to handle sugar due to excessive intake of
refined sugar and consequent blood sugar irregularities. Or mineral and vitamin imbalances due to defective dietary patterns.
Emotional and psychological stress can also lead to allergies. According to Dr Hans Salye, the world’s premier researcher on stress, allergic symptoms are often nothing more than the body’s reaction to stress. A person can through chronic stress, become sensitive to common foods or commonplace substances like petrol fumes.
Ayurvedic View about Skin Allergy
According to Ayurvedic samprapti(phathogenesis), allergies are a doshik reaction to a specific allergen, such as pollen, dust, moist, chemicals on a rug, ragweed, or any strong chemical smell. These allergic reactions are classified as vata, piita, and kapha types.
Treatment of different kinds of allergies
In order to treat allergies effectively, first, we have to find out whether it is Vata, Pitta, or Kapha type allergy. Then we can determine the specific line of treatment and I can say this is the beauty of Ayurveda because it merely focuses on symptomatic treatment. In most cases, 80% of your prakruti(Body Constitution) predicts your allergy proneness. That is, there is usually a correspondence between a person’s constitution and the type of allergic reaction.
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Sensitive skin has been called to such a skin which often gets reacted with cosmetic and household products and causes itching, burning, redness, swelling etc.
Sensitive skin people are. Likely to develop acne, eczema, Psoriasis and contact dermatitis,they are really needed to take good care of their skin.
Yes, it is quite true that sensitive skin is a genetic feature which runs in families and disease associated with sensitive skin also gets inherited to close family relatives.