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Allergies in Madison, OH

Some allergies are caused by underlying conditions that may be corrected through chiropractic care and dietary changes. French Chiropractic and Wellness Center in Madison offers chiropractic and nutritional services to allergy sufferers in Painesville, Mentor and surrounding communities in Ohio.

What Are Allergies?

Allergies are your body’s response to the presence of foreign substances, such as bee venom, pollen, or pet dander – substances. Your allergies are largely unique to you, so other people may have the same type of reaction.

The body’s immune system produces antibodies that can protect you from foreign invaders that could give you an infection or make you sick.

In the case of allergies, your immune system identifies a certain substance as harmful, in spite of the fact that it is not. Coming into contact with that allergen can cause an immune system reaction that results in skin inflammation, and irritation of your airways, digestive system, or sinuses.

The severity of a given allergy depends upon the individual involved and can range from a very small annoyance to a life-threatening emergency like anaphylaxis. Typical allergies cannot be cured, but the symptoms can often be alleviated using various treatments.

What are the Symptoms of Allergies?

It is impossible to generalize when it comes to allergy symptoms. The symptoms vary depending upon the allergen, and the person involved. What affects one person may affect someone else completely differently. Symptoms of allergies can involve the sinuses, airways, nasal passages, digestive system, and skin. Reactions vary from mild to severe. In certain rare cases, allergy symptoms can result in a life-threatening condition called anaphylaxis.

Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, may cause

  • Itching of the nose or eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Watery eyes that may be swollen

Food allergies may cause

  • Swelling of the lips, face, throat, or tongue
  • Hives
  • Tingling mouth
  • Anaphylaxis

Insect sting allergies may cause

  • Anaphylaxis
  • An area of swelling surrounding the site of the sting
  • Coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or chest tightness
  • Hives over the entire body

Drug allergies may cause these symptoms

  • Itchy skin
  • Hives
  • Facial swelling
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Wheezing

The skin condition eczema may cause

  • Itching
  • Skin reddening
  • Skin peeling or flaking

What Causes Allergies?

Allergies begin when your body’s immune system mistakenly identifies a harmless substance as a hazardous invader. Your immune system responds by producing antibodies that remain on alert for that allergen. The next time you are exposed to that allergen, those antibodies may release various immune system chemicals that cause your allergy symptoms.

Common allergy triggers

  • Airborne allergens such as animal dander, pollen, mold, and dust mites
  • Insect stings such as wasp and bee stings
  • Certain foods such as peanuts, soy, wheat, shellfish, eggs, and milk
  • Certain medications such as penicillin or those based on penicillin
  • Substances such as latex

Reduction of Allergies Through Chiropractic Services

Chiropractic has helped many people reduce the frequency and severity of their allergy symptoms. It does not work like your body does, by producing substances like anti-histamine. Instead, it assists your body in being better prepared to fight allergies.

How Can Chiropractic Help My Allergies?

Allergies are caused by an overreaction to a specific allergen trigger, causing coughing, sneezing, hives, congestion, rashes, and in some cases, anaphylactic shock. Allergy symptoms are produced as a result of your own body’s attempt to guard against a foreign invader.

Having a misaligned spine can press upon sensitive nerves in your body. Studies have found that your immune system is affected by your nervous system. If the nervous system is experiencing stress, it cannot function at an optimal level. Aligning the spine assists the chiropractor in working with the nervous system to relieve any impingement upon the nerves. This gives your immune system an opportunity to function more effectively and assists in warding off infections. At the same time, your immune system will still recognize and react to allergens without overreacting.

Isn’t it time you tried chiropractic care for you and your family? If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms of allergies, please contact our office now to schedule an appointment.