As spring arrives, this is an exciting time filled with warmer weather, sunnier and longer days, and budding trees. However, if you are one of the more than 50 million Americans suffering from allergies each year, you may not be enjoying this season as much as those without allergies. Like most allergy sufferers, you probably use a combination of methods to treat your symptoms, such as medications, sprays, shots, or creams. Did you know that there is a safe, all-natural alternative for helping you achieve allergy relief? It’s called chiropractic care. Continue reading to find out what causes allergies, common allergens and allergy symptoms, and how chiropractors can help you.
What Causes Allergies?
Allergies occur when your immune system perceives a foreign substance as a threat and triggers the body’s production of antibodies to fight back. Generally, these foreign substances are harmless, but the body views them as harmful. This immune response can cause your sinuses, airways, and skin to become inflamed, which is what we call “allergies.” The body uses this reaction to try to remove the substance, which can leave you feeling miserable.
Since everyone reacts differently, allergies can range from mild to severe. For seasonal allergies or “hay fever,” most people do not have severe enough reactions to cause anaphylaxis.
Common Airborne Allergies
- Dust: Dust mites can be found everywhere. To reduce the dust levels in your home, it’s a good idea to regularly vacuum your floors, wash your bedding, use allergy-proof mattress and pillow covers, and use air purifiers.
- Mold: Mold grows in moist, dark environments and is airborne.
- Pet Dander: Dander is a common term to describe dead skin cells that are frequently being shed by indoor pets. These dead skin cells stick to carpets, clothes, furniture, walls, and other surfaces of your home.
- Pollen: Tree pollen is a common cause of spring allergies.
Common Spring Allergy Symptoms
- Clogged and itchy ears
- Dry, itchy skin
- Postnasal drip
- Sore throat
- Watery, itchy eyes
Find Natural Allergy Relief with Chiropractic Care
When you visit a chiropractor, this holistic expert will discuss your health concerns, medical history, and then create a custom treatment plan to help you achieve optimal health. Oftentimes, a spine misalignment is the root cause of your allergies. A spine misalignment prevents proper brain to body communication, which can reduce your immune system’s ability to work properly. When your immune system is not working as it should, your body will continue to overproduce mucus. This overproduction of mucus can then lead to upper respiratory infections, sinus infections, and digestive issues.
The great news is that licensed chiropractors are highly trained to perform safe, gentle chiropractic adjustments that will realign your spine. Your spine will then be able to effectively communicate with the nervous system and improve your immune system. Your immune system will then stop overreacting to perceive allergens and can help your body fight off those spring allergies.
We hope you enjoyed our latest article discussing what causes allergies and how chiropractic can help. If you or someone you know suffers from spring allergies, it’s important to know that you have more options than just prescription and OTC allergy medications, sprays, shots, and creams. These drugs also come with known side effects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, blurry vision, dry mouth, and nausea. Chiropractic care provides all-natural allergy relief without drugs and their unpleasant side effects. Contact Enlighten Chiropractic in Lakeville, MN today to learn how we can help you achieve whole wellness through our gentle, effective chiropractic care.