Homeopathy treatment for Allergic Reactions
Allergic reactions can be mild or severe. They occur when the body is ex- posed to an allergen-a substance in the environment that causes an immune-system response. The response is triggered by the release of histamine from the mast cells, which are part of the immune system. Allergic re- actions are caused by an immune-system response that is greater than is needed to respond to the presence of a foreign substance in the body.
Allergic symptoms include swelling, itching, redness, inflammation, sneezing, mucous discharges, hives or other skin rashes, asthma, and systemic shock, as seen in an anaphylactic response.
Anaphylactic shock and respiratory arrest: If the person has a severe re- action to an allergen, including significant itching and swelling of lymph nodes, swelling of the mucous membranes of the nose and ears, and difficulty breathing due to constriction of the air passages, this is likely to be an anaphylactic response and requires emergency care. If untreated, anaphylaxis can be rapidly fatal.
Is there respiratory distress, collapse, unconsciousness, rapid pulse, sweating, or paleness, indicating an anaphylactic reaction or asthmatic attack? If so, get emergency medical attention immediately.
Do you see hives, skin rashes, inflammation, or swelling?
Is there mucous discharge, especially from nose? What color and consistency?
Is the person sneezing, with watery eyes?
"My nose is running like a faucet." Allium cepa
"I can't breathe," or "I feel like I'm going to pass out" (get emergency medical attention immediately). Apis(see Insect Bites and Stings)
"My eyelids are so swollen that I can barely open them." Apis
"These allergies are so bad that I'm afraid I'm going to die!" Arsenicum
"The blisters are so itchy that I can't stop scratching." Rhus toxicodendron
"Whenever I eat clams, I get hives." Urtica urens
When did the exposure occur and the symptoms start?
What is the nature of the reaction?
How intense is it?
What are you experiencing now?
Are you in any pain or acute distress?
Are you having any particular sensations anywhere in your body?
What do you need to feel better now?
Does anything make your symptoms feel better or worse?
Have you had any mental or emotional changes just before or since the re- action?
Are you desiring anything to eat or drink?
Do you feel warm or chilly?
Pointers for Finding the Homeopathic Medicine
If the person's nose runs like a faucet with streaming eyes, think of Allium
· If swelling and stinging pains are the most prominent symptoms, consider Apis.
· If anxiety and restlessness are the most significant symp- toms, think of Arsenicum.
· If symptoms occur after getting wet or over- work, and stiffness and itching eruptions are present, give Rhus toxicodendron.
· If the allergic reaction is to shellfish, or feels like stinging nettles or a burn, give Urtica urens:
· Give three pellets of 30C every two hours until you see improvement.
· In severe allergic reactions, you can give a dose up to once an hour.
· If there is no improvement after three doses, give a different medicine.
· After you first notice improvement, give another dose only if symptoms begin to return.
· Lower potencies (6X, 6C, 30X) may need to be given more often (every one to four hours, depending on the severity of the allergic reaction).
· Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) generally need to be given only once except in a very severe allergic reaction. In the case of anaphylaxis, you can give a dose up to every fifteen minutes while the person is trans- ported to emergency care.
What to Expect from Homeopathic Self-Care
Homeopathic medicines relieve the symptoms of an acute allergic attack rapidly. Constitutional treatment helps remove the underlying predisposition to allergy, helping the immune system have a more appropriate response to allergenic exposures.
Other Self-Care Suggestions
For shock: lie down, keep warm, drink fluids.
· For itching: soak in a bathtub of warm water with one cup of baking soda or one cup of raw oat- meal.
· For swelling: ice pack or cold wet compresses.
· Give a glass of one to two Alka-Seltzer Gold tablets dissolved in water.
· Give one tea- spoon baking soda in a glass of water.
· Give 500 mg buffered Vitamin C every two hours until symptoms pass, up to 3000 mg per day.