As many of us gleefully emerge from the chill of Winter into increased outdoor activity and the inviting glow of warmer Spring days, millions of Americans suffer from the unpleasant onslaught of seasonal allergies brought on by hay fever and pollen.
More than 50 million Americans endure allergies annually, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), a leading not-for-profit organization for people with asthma and allergies.
And while the East Coast and Midwest are among the worst in the nation for pollen and hay fever, the Puget Sound Region still ranks among the top 100 in the U.S. for allergies.
Allergic reactions occur when your immune system reacts to foreign substances, called allergens. Allergens can enter your body by being inhaled, ingested, or touched, any of which can result in unpleasant and in some cases, even dangerous reactions, including:
- Itchy eyes
- Runny nose
- Scratchy throat.
- Low blood pressure
- Breathing trouble
- Asthma attacks
Types of indoor and outdoor allergies include sinus swelling, seasonal and returning allergies, hay fever and nasal allergies. Many people with allergies often have more than one type of allergy. The most common indoor/outdoor allergy triggers are tree, grass and weed pollen.
Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S., making such conditions among the country’s most common – and often overlooked – diseases.
In fact, allergic conditions are one of the most frequent health issues affecting children in the U.S. In 2018, for example, 7.2 percent of children were diagnosed with hay fever. Roughly 7.7 million adults in the country were diagnosed with the condition that same year.
In addition to the physical tolls that allergies take on us, these illnesses have economic consequences as well, costing more than $18 billion annually.
Although there are no cures for allergies, they can be managed with proper prevention and treatment. Chiropractic care can help many find allergy relief. It is a safe, natural, and effective method to treat allergies, especially for children.
Many people reach for allergy medications that have antihistamine effects, which only serve as temporary, short-term solutions for those with allergy symptoms.
Chiropractic treatments, on the other hand, reduce the severity of allergy symptoms as well as the frequency of their occurrence, helping your body become more balanced and better equipped to combat allergies at the source. When your spine is not aligned it can impact your nervous system leading to a variety of problems – including allergies.
A chiropractor can help relieve the stress on your nervous system by aligning your spine, relieving pressure on your nerves, and allowing your immune system to function at a more optimal level. This makes it easier for your body to ward off infections while recognizing allergens as harmless.
When your immune system encounters allergens it doesn’t overreact to them. Instead, reactions are much more subdued, or even nonexistent. Chiropractic has also been found to help asthma patients breathe easier, and for many, asthma symptoms diminish. Regular chiropractic check-ups keep our spine in alignment in order to maintain optimum health.
For more information, go to our website at https://petettchiropractic.com/, visit our King County Chiropractic care center, or call us today at 425-277-2225 to learn how chiropractic care is the natural approach to healthcare.
At Petett Chiropractic prevention is our #1 priority.