Finally sleeping well - despite an allergy: causes, symptoms and the best remedy for allergic reactions
The mucous membranes swell, breathing becomes difficult, the eyes get swollen and restful sleep is unthinkable: Every 5th Swiss is affected by an allergy, and the trend is rising. Many of those affected are in despair. Medications and home remedies only promise short-term relief, but no long-term perspective free from allergic reactions and their debilitating symptoms. With Biow there is now a device that offers allergy sufferers a systematic way to alleviate it. Read here what you need to know about allergies and allergy symptoms and how you can finally make your home allergen-free with Biow.
What is an allergy?
An allergy is the result of an overreaction of the immune system. The immune system reacts to substances that do not actually pose a health risk to the human body. Substances that can trigger such overreactions are called allergens and occur in food and the environment - for example in the form of pollen. p>
When they first come into contact with the allergen, the lymphocytes form the immunoglobulin E. The so-called Ige antibody binds to the allergen and adapts to its structure. Upon renewed contact, the antibodies bind to the allergen, releasing inflammatory substances - these provoke the allergic symptoms.
Allergy - cause unknown?
Allergies are common. In Switzerland alone, over 3 million people suffer from one or more allergies. So far, however, medicine does not know why the immune system of some people develops an overreaction while others are spared. It is also unknown why some substances become allergens while others do not have this property. One thing is clear: there is a genetic disposition for allergies. If at least one parent has allergies, the probability of a child having an allergy increases to 30 percent. In addition to the hereditary disposition, Studies identified numerous environmental factors that can promote the development of an allergy:
- Heavy exposure to particulate matter
- Histamine-rich diet
- Insufficient ventilation indoors
- Tobacco smoke exposure
- Excessive personal hygiene
Allergic symptoms: from a runny nose to shortness of breath
An allergy can manifest itself in many ways. While some allergy sufferers experience only mild symptoms, contact with the allergen is a substantial health risk for others. Because allergens such as house dust mites and pollen are everywhere, the allergy becomes a chronic tale of suffering for those affected. Allergy symptoms include:
- Running cold
- Constant urge to sneeze
- Constipated noses
- Burning or itchy eyes
- Swollen mucous membranes
- difficulty breathing
- Sleep disorders (problems sleeping through the night)
- Daytime sleepiness
An allergy can be medically proven by an allergy test. The doctor first narrows down the possible allergens by means of a survey. He then tests the body's reaction. The fabric is applied to the arm with a small stitch. If redness, swelling or itching develops at this point, he has a solid clue to the responsible allergen. A blood test can then be used to determine the allergy with certainty.
Asthma: allergic or non-allergic?
In some cases, an allergic cold can develop into Develop allergic asthma. Allergic asthma affects not only the upper but also the lower airways, leading to tightness, wheezing and other asthmatic symptoms. However, asthma can also occur as a side effect of an infection or a lung disease - it is then referred to as non-allergic asthma.
Types of allergies: the most common allergens
More than 20,000 allergens are now known. Many of them are found in food. A food allergy can have serious consequences - but an allergic reaction can be avoided, at least in principle. But many allergens are found directly in the air we breathe. These are the 3 most common types of allergies spread through the air:
Pollen allergy (hay fever)
Pollen allergy, also known as hay fever, is one of the most common allergies. It is an overreaction to pollen from grasses, shrubs, crops or trees. The pollen season is a time of suffering: a single plant can shed up to 4 million pollen per ear. In the high season, allergy sufferers are often not safe from the pollen even in their own four walls.
Allergy to animal hair
Even animal hair can cause an allergic reaction. People who are already allergic to pollen or dust mites are particularly at risk. Symptoms are identical to pollen allergies, but pet dander allergy is a year-round problem for sufferers. An animal hair allergy develops suddenly and apparently without reason in many of those affected. At this point, they have often been living with an animal for a number of years. The animal hair allergy is not only a medical but also an emotional problem.
Allergy to dust mites (house dust mite allergy)
Anyone suffering from a house dust mite allergy is not directly allergic to the mites themselves, but to their decay and excretion products. Mites are tiny creatures that prefer to live in warm, humid places. In the household, they are therefore particularly common in the bed or on other textiles. They can be found by the millions in every household and can never be completely eliminated, even with thorough hygiene.
Allergy to nanoparticles such as fine dust and nitrogen oxides
One of the less well explored areas of allergy research is the area of nanoparticles. These include particulate matter and nitrogen oxides, which are increasingly being emitted into the air from urban activities such as car traffic and industry. The particles are often so small that they are not filtered by the lungs and can therefore sometimes cause great damage. These particles are known to impair lung function and intensify allergic and asthmatic symptoms.
3 tips against allergies: What helps against allergy symptoms?
Allergies are usually not curable. The most important remedy against allergies is therefore to avoid contact with the allergens. Depending on the allergy, this is not always possible or not possible at all. You can reduce the risk of an allergic reaction with the following tips:
Home remedies for allergies
One of the most popular home remedies for allergies is allergy bedding, which is pulled over normal bed linen and forms a protective layer between the body and the allergy-provoking mite residue. Regular airing can also help with dust allergies. But be careful: airing the room can be counterproductive for people who are allergic to pollen. If the pollen count is high, more allergens get into the home through ventilation than without ventilation. The scalp hair comes into contact with dust, pollen and other allergens that settle there throughout the day. With an evening head wash, allergy sufferers can rinse the allergens off their heads, reduce symptoms at night and thus sleep better.
Allergies + naturopathy
Natural medicine can also be helpful against individual allergy symptoms. Red onions, for example, contain the substance quercetin. This blocks the release of histamine in the body, which is responsible for the allergy symptoms. An allergic reaction can also be triggered by a high intake of histamine from food. Allergy sufferers should eat foods with a high histamine content, such as red wine, sparkling wine, cheese, salami, tomatoes and seafood, in moderation and document their histamine intake.
Many of those affected also find the inhalation with essential oils to provide acute relief from the annoying allergy symptoms. When inhaling, mix warm water with essential oils to decongest the mucous membranes. Thyme, for example, is suitable for this.
Medical Allergy Treatment
The treatment of an allergy by hyposensitization is only used in exceptional cases. In this treatment, a doctor administers increasing doses of the allergen over a long period of time to gradually get the immune system used to the substance.
Even if the causes of allergies have not been fully determined medically, there are effective medications available to allergy sufferers to reduce the symptoms. By taking so-called anti-histamines, for example, the release of histamine can be prevented. However, these and other medicines for allergy symptoms are often associated with side effects such as severe tiredness and fatigue. For allergy sufferers, the use is therefore usually only worthwhile in the case of particularly severe symptoms, which then accept the side effects as the lesser evil.
The solution for allergy sufferers: Breathe deeply with Biowall year round
Your own home is a place of rest and relaxation - this certainly applies to the bedroom. But the reality is often different for allergy sufferers: Dust, pollen and other allergens settle particularly well in closed rooms and turn a place of rest into a place of suffering. A healthy and restful sleep is then out of the question. With Biow there is now a solution for chronic allergy sufferers, which systematically removes allergens from your home and enriches the air with valuable anions. The solution for allergy sufferers who finally want to sleep well again.
Biow is an air ionizer that cleans the air in a multi-stage process and then enriches it with health-promoting ions. This increases the ion concentration to a level that is otherwise only found in high mountains and near waterfalls proven health-promoting effects. The result: the best air you can breathe outside of the mountains! As an air ionizer for allergy sufferers, Biow offers the following advantages:
- Clean the air of allergens: Clean room air creates the conditions for all the effects of the ionized room air to come into their own. A patented WSN10 filter technology works in Biow, which filters dust, mite residue, pollen and other pollutants from the air in 10 steps.
- Cleaning the air of particulate matter: The human lungs have impressive self-protection capacities, but fail because of very small particles smaller than 0.1 microns. As a result, fine dust can get into the respiratory tract and pollute it. Fine dust is not an allergen, but can increase allergic reactions. Biow effectively binds fine dust and nanoparticles and renders them harmless.
- Relieve the immune system: The immune system can remove harmful substances and eliminate their harmful effects. Thanks to the filter function, Biow allows fewer harmful substances to get into the body, while ionisation at the same time actively promotes health.
- Increase cell regeneration and vitality: The human body is constantly in motion. Cells die and are replaced by new, healthy cells. This cell regeneration takes place to a greater extent at night, but decreases more and more over the course of life. The room air ionized with Biow supports the ability to regenerate cells and thus contributes to more vitality, well-being and health.
Ionization of the room air: Once the room air has been freed from harmful particles, the most important part of the Biow process begins. A healthy zone full of ions forms around the user (picture on the right). These health-promoting particles help the organism to regenerate optimally and ensure a deep, restful sleep.
Finally breathe again without fear of allergens: Get your Biow air ionizer, let the air you breathe ionize and systematically reduce the likelihood of an allergic reaction occurring. Sleep well despite allergies - with Biow!
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