An allergy is an acquired, excess and improper reaction of an immune system caused by allergens: pollens, animal hair and saliva, house dust mites, food, medicine, etc. These allergic factors cause sickness symptoms in predisposed people, whose number is constantly growing. Statistics show that every 15-20 years a number of allergy sufferers is doubling. Today they make ca. 30 – 40% of the population. Every third person who we meet suffers from an allergy.
The essence of the problem
An allergy results from one or more factors. In normal conditions they should not cause any bodily reactions in a healthy person. Yet, in case of a body with improperly functioning immune system, more and more immune cells get to the place where an allergen has got inside. It results in an inflammatory condition. Depending on the location, it can have a diverse form: for example in case of a respiratory system: dyspnoea, running nose, cough; skin lesions: nettle rash, pruritus, swelling; stomach problems: nausea, diarrhoea, stomach-aches. All these allergy symptoms can effectively hinder everyday life and in some cases even lead to the state of direct life risk (anaphylactic shock).
ABC of struggle with allergy
The first commandment of an allergy sufferer is avoiding factors causing an allergy. However, it is not always possible. For example, dust exists everywhere, plants discharge pollens irrespective of our will, and a bee may sting at the least expected moment. When it is difficult to protect ourselves against allergen presence, medicaments alleviating an allergic reaction are recommended. These are mainly antihistamine preparations, which block an effect of histamine: an inflammatory process mediator. Another effective solution (in most cases) is also so-called immunotherapy (desensitization). Whereas in household conditions it is worth taking care of cleanness, frequent floor wiping and avoiding collecting knick-knacks and pet toys which often become a hotbed of dust.
SOS from a drugstore
Few people know that a vitamin D helps fight against an allergy. Its deficiency, particularly in case of small children and during pregnancy, increases a risk of an allergy and Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. According to the results of conducted research, children suffering from an allergy and lowered concentration of a vitamin D3 much more often suffer from bronchus over-reactiveness, greater acuteness of the disease, more frequent infections and they more poorly react to glucocorticoid treatment. So there is no need to encourage anyone to reach for preparations with a vitamin D3 (e.g. Vitamin D3 1000 units). The list of substances which help fight against an allergy cannot exclude a vitamin C and a thymus extract (which is present in Pepthyn X). It has been proven that taking this vitamin in the dosage of 1000 mg lowers the level of histamine in blood even by 40%. While a thymus extract supports functions and development of the immune system and suppresses auto-aggression processes, which also, in a sense, include an allergy.
Use the nature to fight against an allergy
Among numerous preparations which help fight against an allergy, we should pay attention to products containing ectoine (e.g. EctoSkin and EctoAlerg). It is a natural particle with protective and moisturizing effect. It is obtained from extremophiles: microorganisms which live in extremely unfavourable environmental conditions (geysers, salty lakes, deserts). Ectoine which is produced by these microorganisms protect them against harmful effects of external conditions, such as a high temperature, dryness or UV radiation.
During the research on the substance it appeared that ectoine also has a stabilizing and protective effect on the human body cells. Nowadays it is successfully used to relieve allergy symptoms (hay fever, blocked nose, eye watering, sneezing) and in dermatology (mainly atopic dermatitis treatment), since ectoine perfectly moisturize the skin, relieves itching and roughness and eventually improves patient’s general comfort. And these are only a few of its advantages.