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  • Writer's pictureTina Belt, L.Ac. Dipl OM

5 Things You Should Know About Your Allergies

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Every year spring comes, and so does allergy season. The weather is finally getting nicer… but now you have to worry about a stuffy nose and itchy skin.

What if you could avoid allergies without taking antihistamines? Why is it important that you avoid antihistamines in the first place?

Let’s get you outside and feeling great- here’s what you need to know to bypass your allergies this year:

1: Antihistamines aren’t great for you

Not only do they give you unwanted side effects like drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion, but they can cause even worse health conditions down the line.

Studies show that long term use of antihistamines can increase your risk of dementia [1], heart health problems [2], and causing severe accidents.  

2: Your allergies can change over time

You might have never suffered from allergies before but suddenly feel your nose running and your skin itching. This happens to people all the time- your body has just started recognizing a harmless allergen as an attacker.

When this happens you just need to learn new techniques for overcoming your allergies.

3: Boosting your immune system can help alleviate your symptoms

Helping your immune system work at its best can help your body respond to allergens properly. There are a range of different approaches you can use from supplements to herbs, but our favorite is acupuncture because of its ability to help your body respond properly to allergens.

4: There are ways to find out what you’re allergic to

Acupuncturists have techniques for determining what allergens your body is responding negatively to. With the right provider, you can come up with a plan to figure out and overcome which allergens are causing you trouble.

5:  Acupuncture can help reverse your allergies

Acupuncture helps bring balance back to your body, and allergies occur because of an imbalance in your immune system. Our bodies and environment have electromagnetic fields and when they get thrown off, your body (and immune system) won’t work correctly.

Acupuncture helps these fields stabilize, giving your body the nudge it needs to heal on its own.

Allergy season can be frustrating, but you have options for getting through the uncomfortable symptoms. You just need a good game plan and a provider who knows their way around your allergies.


[1] professional, C. C. medical. (n.d.). Antihistamines: Definition, types & side effects. Cleveland Clinic.

[2] Church MK, Maurer M, Simons FER, Bindslev-Jensen C, van Cauwenberge P, Bousquet J, Holgate ST, Zuberbier T. Risk of first-generation H1-antihistamines: a GA2LEN position paper. Allergy 2010; 65: 459–466.

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May 03

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