Asthma and allergies, including hay fever, are highly common health conditions.
Allergies and asthma can produce severe symptoms so it is important to consult your doctor before you embark on a course of homeopathic treatments.
Asthma is a condition which causes the airways to become inflamed making it more difficult to breathe normally. The breathing tubes become overly sensitive and narrow when exposed to particular triggers known as allergens. However, the tubes can also inflame for no obvious reason. This can make the condition unpredictable at times. Although the condition is extremely common it is not entirely understood. It is difficult to say why someone is more likely to develop the condition over someone else.
The main symptoms associated with asthma are:
- A tight feeling in the chest
Asthma is a chronic condition which can go through periods of flare up as well as reduced symptoms. Cases that are diagnosed in childhood can be outgrown
Asthma symptoms must always be taken seriously as they can lead to an asthma attack. An asthma attack is where symptoms worsen making it very difficult to breathe, eat, speak or sleep. A faster breathing rate, rapid heartbeat, drowsiness, confusion and fainting can all be signs of an attack.
Asthma is often linked to allergies because allergens such as pollen, dust mites and animal dander can be triggers for the condition.
An allergy is an exaggerated immune response to a specific trigger whether it be a food, medicine or substance. The body’s immune system mistakenly identifies the trigger as a threat and creates an unnecessary defense reaction. The reaction can present itself through symptoms such as:
- Itchy or watery eyes
- A blocked or runny nose
Allergies are very common and they tend to appear in childhood. It is possible to outgrow an allergy but adverse reactions to triggers can also develop in adults.
Severe and life threatening allergies are known as anaphylactic reactions.
Allergic rhinitis is more often referred to as hay fever and is a very common type of allergy which causes symptoms such as sneezing, itchy and runny eyes and blocked nasal passages. The severity of symptoms can range from relatively mild and not requiring treatment to severe and disruptive to quality of life.
Minute pollen particles which are inhaled into the body cause this type of allergic reaction. Most people with hay fever will notice symptoms in the spring and summer months when flower and tree pollen are active. However, it is also possible to be allergic to weed pollen or fungus spores which are released into the air during the colder and damper months.
It is said that allergies are the most researched category of illness when it comes to homoepathic treatments.
How can homeopathy help?
Homeopathic remedies for asthma, hay fever and other allergies are usually tailored to the patient. If you visit a homoeopathic practitioner it is likely that they will ask a range of questions to get an understanding of your condition and how you feel. This method is thought to provide a highly individualised approach to finding a treatment.
Most homeopaths will recommend seeking a consultation with a practitioner before you choose to commence a treatment course. However, there are some remedies that are frequently used in the treatment of these three closely linked conditions.
- Arsenic Album
- Arundo Mauri
- Sambucus nigra
- Byronia Alba
- Lobelia inflata
Traditional treatment methods aim to keep the symptoms of asthma and allergies under control. Whereas homeopathic remedies claim to be able to cure the health condition.
As with any remedial treatments you should always consult your doctor before making any changes to your medicines.