What are allergies?

Allergies might not be the most serious condition in the world, but they can sure ruin your day and make you feel miserable. The term allergies refers to what happens when the immune system reacts in an abnormal (often overly pronounced way) to a foreign substance. This substance can be a variety of things, from tree pollen to the venom in a bee’s sting and pet dander. Food allergies can be particularly severe and are categorized as an allergy when someone has a reaction to a food that is commonly eaten by most people without incident. Someone can also have an allergic reaction to a drug.

Our immune systems protect us from foreign invaders like viruses and harmful bacteria. Sometimes your body however can confuse a benign substance, like tree pollen, as a threat and produce antibodies in reaction to this danger. Allergic reactions range from minor annoyances to life-threatening emergencies for some substances such as shellfish or peanuts.

Allergies are extremely common, with some 30% of adults and 40% of children suffering from them in a variety of ways. That means more than 50 million Americans are in some way bothered by allergies each year, making them one of the most common chronic conditions in the US and costing citizens more than $18 billion annually. There is currently no cure for an allergy, however there are ways to minimize the symptoms and make them less severe.

What are the most common symptoms of allergies?

Seasonal allergies, which is what chiropractors focus on relieving, have symptoms similar to that of the common cold. These annoying symptoms can include sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, an irritated throat, congestion, post nasal drip, coughing and a runny nose. This type of allergy can be persistent throughout an allergy season and lead to fatigue and sometimes headaches.

The most severe allergies (typically from bee stings and food sources) can lead to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening condition where the airway becomes inflamed and breathing becomes impaired. Thankfully, there are emergency medications that can reverse such an extreme allergic reaction.

How can allergies impact your daily life?

Seasonal allergies might not sound that disruptive until you experience the sinus pressure, the itchy eyes that just won’t go away, and the coughing that continuously interrupts your day. The fatigue that comes along with allergies can get in the way of everything from work productivity to extracurricular activities. Since seasonal allergies often require avoiding the outdoors during high pollen days, this can affect workers who need to be outdoors and anyone who likes to go outside or even keep the windows open for fresh air.

What are common treatments for allergies?

Conventional treatment options range from over-the-counter medications such as cetirizine, fexofenadine, and loratadine to routine allergy shots. These treatments can be antihistamines. cromolyn sodium nasal spray, and oral decongestants. OTC medicines need to be taken daily to provide relief of symptoms.

Beyond what can be found on a drugstore shelf, other treatment options exist. Sometimes doctors recommend allergy testing which is also referred to as a skin prick test. This is done to pinpoint the exact cause of your allergic reaction by exposing you to small amounts of these substances via these skin tests. Recurring allergy shots are also given to people with particularly severe seasonal allergies.

What are the drawbacks/side effects of traditional treatments?

Whether they are prescription or OTC, allergy medications all carry some potential side effects and need to be followed carefully. Drowsiness, dizziness, jittery feelings, anxiety, and nausea are all known side effects of these types of medications. Allergy shots carry the additional risk of a potential anaphylaxis reaction, which, although rare, is a medical emergency. Avoiding increasing such risk involves committing to consistent and regular shots.

How can chiropractic care help alleviate the symptoms of allergies?

What do all of the above medication options have in common? All of them simply mask symptoms without treating the underlying causes of allergies. With each medication needing to be taken regularly to keep symptoms at bay, not to mention the collection of potential side effects they each carry, doesn’t it make sense to look for a solution that addresses the reason your body is having such a reaction?

Chiropractic care focuses on optimizing and enhancing the immune system to improve how your body reacts to allergens. This is done by releasing stress on the nervous system to create a healthy nervous system that functions at a much higher level. This helps to make the malfunction of the immune system (also known as an allergic response) far less likely to occur.

How can Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy help improve your allergies?

Our team of chiropractors are leaders in their field and have dedicated their lives to helping people find relief from chronic ailments with therapies that don’t require medications that carry side effects and potential long-term risks. We use a number of natural, non-invasive therapies to bring the body into proper balance, allowing your nervous and immune system to regain its strength and function better. One of these therapies focuses on adjustments to the spine and joints, which help to eliminate imbalances that result in nerve irritation and inflammation throughout the body. When inflammation is minimized, the body is less likely to overreact to common allergens.

If you’re tired of relying on medications that make you feel drowsy, jittery or overall sluggish, there is another approach to seasonal allergies. Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy takes a holistic approach designed to correct your body’s specific imbalance, using a customized care strategy designed for your own personal needs.

Our team includes highly-trained chiropractors as well as acupuncturists who are skilled at rebalancing your body, so it no longer has the same allergic response to seasonal allergies as you’re used to experiencing. Imagine a world where you can welcome spring, flip open the windows and enjoy the warmth of the summer air without sneezing, itching and feeling like your head is about to explode. Don’t continue suffering when others like you have found relief for their allergies through Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy’s allergy therapy.

Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Treatment for Allergies in New Jersey

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