Allergies: Symptoms, Causes, and Effects

Until about 100 years ago an allergy was something out of the ordinary as formal infections were the most frequent causes of disease. Nowadays, allergies have been increasing uncontrollably and it is officially accepted that the contamination of our modern environment has created a climate favorable for the development of such illnesses.


Sonia Chartier

17 May 2014

Allergy and intolerance - differences

What is an allergy?

When speaking of an allergy, we mean a changed or unusual defensive reaction against some known, or unknown, substance. An allergic disposition can be hereditary or acquired and we can get an allergy at any time in life, even as a bottle fed baby.

An allergic reaction to a substance or food can happen within seconds or over a period of up to 72 hours. Countless health problems or even serious illness can be caused by allergens.

Most affected are the skin and the mucous membranes. Allergy problems can appear in many different forms such as unidentified skin diseases, which could be an allergy to wheat. Wheat is very highly processed and can indeed cause several allergies that need to be treated as soon as possible.

Cutting out wheat products and eating rye, barley, millet, rice or corn instead can tremendously help wheat allergies.

Hay fever is another well-known allergy. 

Hay fever due to an allergy to pollen can be very nasty and may cause symptoms such as sneezing and swollen, puffy eyes. Milk, cheese and other dairy produce can accentuate symptoms of allergy or common cold.  Most dairy foods should be cut out of the diet except yogurt and cottage cheese.

Causes and effects  

  • Chocolate could produce migraines, headaches or hives.
  • Orange drinks may be responsible for diarrhea or headaches.
  • Cola soft drinks could bring on overactivity.
  • Fluoride toothpaste could be to blame for sleeplessness.
  • Coloring in sweets may cause blotchiness of the skin.
  • Chemical flavorings in chips could produce hyperactivity.
  • Wheat allergy can cause chronic constipation to incurable skin problems.

Natural Allergy Remedies

Do you get congested or have a buildup of mucus when you eat ice cream? Try taking Sinna 10 minutes before eating ice cream.

Allergy Relief Tablets can be taken a month before the hay fever season just as it can be taken a month before going on a holiday, where you know you will be facing known allergens and a possible change of diet.

Warning: these natural solutions do not apply to severe allergies such as food allergies that cause anaphylactic shock. Your doctor should deal with fatal allergic reactions. Those with severe allergic responses should consult a physician specializing in allergy.