Allergic diseases can develop at any age and can also be inherited
from your family members. If one parent has an allergic disease,
the estimated risk of a child developing allergies is 25% and
this will increase if both parents have allergies. Also, an allergic
mother is more likely to pass on the disease to the child than
When your body mistakes
something that is normally harmless for something dangerous it
tries to get rid of what it thinks is a virus. Your body attempts
to get rid of the foreign substance causing symptoms like sneezing,
watery eyes, itchy or runny stuffy nose. This is called an "allergic
reaction". The first time your body encounters an allergen,
your immune system may consider it harmful and form antibodies
to get rid of it. If your body produced an antibody when you were
a child, it would still be present in your system when you are
30, which means long-lived sensitivity to allergies.
Cause of allergies
can be what we breathe in: smoke, dust, pollen, fungi and chemicals.
What we eat: nuts (especially peanuts), beans, potatoes, carrots,
rice, bananas, apples, oranges, milk, fish, lobsters, shrimps,
crabs. What we come into contact with: animals, insect and mite
products, plant materials, cosmetics, plastics and other chemicals.
Drugs: penicillins, cephalosporins, insulin, vaccines, blood products.
Insect bites: such as bees and wasps
In the field of holistic
medicine, simple allergy testing methods have been developed.
The most important of these is muscle testing (applied kinesiology)
and the vegatest (an electromagnetic instrument). Both of these
methods have shown to be extremely effective and accurate. Muscle
testing is usually preferred as it is simpler to use and involves
no discomfort to the patient. It may also be used with children,
infants and the elderly.