Allergies & Symptoms

What is an Allergy?

An allergy is an inappropriate defensive reaction to a harmless substance. Every 10 minutes, the body comes in contact with an allergen from the outside world and must identify it as harmless or harmful. Most of the time the identification and the subsequent responses are accurate and appropriate. However, when the body reacts inappropriately to a harmless substance or stimuli in the environment, the symptoms of allergies and sensitivities can affect any of the body’s organ systems:

RESPIRATORY SYSTEM

Symptoms include sneezing, congestion, runny nose, wheezing, shortness of breath, cough, post-nasal drip, watery eyes, and asthma.

DIGESTIVE SYSTEM

Symptoms include reflux, burping, heartburn, abdominal and intestinal pain, eosinophilic esophagitis, cramping, gas, bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and irritable bowels.

INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM (SKIN)

Symptoms include red, itchy or scaly skin rashes, blisters, oozing and crusting lesions, dry or leathery patches, hives, dermatitis and eczema.

NERVOUS SYSTEM

Symptoms include fatigue, chronic headaches, as well as hyperactivity, brain-fog, rapid heartbeat, nervousness, anxiety and a change in handwriting.

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