Allergies occur when our immune system overreacts to a harmless substance like pet dander or pollen by producing antibodies to protect itself.1 While there are a multitude of allergy medications on the market today, many of them have been tied to adverse reactions like drowsiness or headache, making homeopathic medicine for allergies an appealing alternative. Whether you suffer from seasonal allergies or you’re allergic to specific substances at home, find out how homeopathic medication can help alleviate your symptoms and also stimulate your immune system, which takes a hit when battling allergy symptoms, so you feel better faster.
Common Allergy Symptoms
Unlike serious allergic reactions to medications and certain foods, common allergy symptoms are not as severe as they are bothersome. Often referred to as hay fever or allergic rhinitis, these allergy symptoms include:2
- Runny nose and nasal congestion
- Itchy, watery, bloodshot eyes
- Itchy nose, roof of mouth or throat
- Dark circles under eyes
- Postnasal drip
The most common causes of these allergic reactions are:
- Seasonal changes, which put different types of pollen into the air
- Dust and pet dander
- Spores from indoor and outdoor fungi and mold
Selecting a Homeopathic Option
According to the Cleveland Clinic, there are a number of undesirable side effects linked to popular antihistamine medication used to treat allergies.3 Many of these medications were first approved by the FDA in the 1930’s and worked on histamine receptors in the brain and spinal cord by crossing the blood-brain barrier. The side effects associated with these early generation medications, which are still used today, include:
- Dry mouth
- Rapid heart rate
Later generation allergy medications, such as cetirizine and pseudoephedrine, only brought on more side effects, which include nausea, stomach pain and insomnia.4
Histamines, which are released by white blood cells as part of the body’s inflammatory response, causes inflammation in the body and most of the popular drugs used to treat allergy symptoms will attempt to relieve this inflammation aggressively. Sudafed attempts to prevent swelling of the tissues in your sinuses by constricting your blood vessels. This can be dangerous for people with high blood pressure and comes with a lengthy list of side effects. Zyrtec inhibits the release of histamines to begin with by binding to and blocking the H1 receptor, another abrasive approach to reducing histamine activity. This shouldn’t be used by people with liver or kidney disease.
Today there are new homeopathic medications that are gentle and impactful alternatives to the harsh chemicals used in popular prescribed and OTC antihistamines. Instead of reducing allergy symptoms by piling on distracting side effects, homeopathic allergy medication is meant to work with the body’s natural healing process to stabilize the release of histamine and relieve allergy symptoms at the very source without affecting other systems in the body. But not all homeopathic allergy medications are created equally.
One of the most popular allergy medications in Boiron’s Goldenseal, which has limited scientific evidence regarding both its mechanism of action and efficacy. Similar to the popular prescription and OTC allergy medications discussed above, Goldenseal has been associated with side effects such as nausea, vomiting and reduced liver function, making it an equally taxing option. In contrast, Brillia Health products reduce allergy symptoms through antibody science, without causing unnecessary drowsiness and without the possibility of interacting with other drugs or supplements.
Treating Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal allergies occur throughout the year, with each season bringing its own set of specific allergens.5 Spring allergies begin around February and last until summer when there is a lot of tree and grass pollen in the air. Fall allergies are typically due to ragweed, though it is most common in the Midwest and on the East Coast. Learn how to treat seasonal allergies without harmful side effects by trying the following:
- Keep track of pollen and mold counts so you can minimize allergy triggers
- Try to stay indoors on dry and windy days and keep windows closed when pollen counts are high
- Keep indoor air clean with a HEPA filter
- Rinse your sinuses with a neti pot
- Use a homeopathic antihistamine
Dust and Animal Allergies
From that telltale sneeze to itchy, watery eyes, allergic reactions that occur indoors are usually due to dust and pet dander. And while you may be tempted to break out the broom or vacuum cleaner, experts at the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology say this can actually make symptoms temporarily worse; the process of cleaning stirs up dust particles, making them easier to inhale.6 Instead of moving every time your home gets dusty, try these following tips:
- Minimize the use of carpets and drapes, especially in the bedroom
- Keep pets out of your home or consider a low-allergen pet7
- Reduce household humidity
- Wear a mask when cleaning
- Try homeopathic medicine for allergy to dust
Brillia Health for Allergy Relief
Brillia Health is a homeopathic medication that takes a gentler approach in reducing inflammation in the body. One of Brillia Health’s active ingredients is an antibody targeting histamines, registered with the FDA as Lapine Histamine Immune Globulin. In short, Brillia Health’s active ingredient targets histamines in the body, and once bound, reduces their ability to cause inflammation, thereby relieving symptoms of nasal congestion. Because Brillia Health is composed of antibodies, and not chemicals, Brillia Health does not interact with any other aspect of or molecule in the body, rendering it free of any harmful side effects or contraindications. Not only does Brillia Health target histamines and reduce inflammation, the other active ingredients (also antibodies) help to support the immune system, strengthening the body’s immune response to avoid catching an illness while the body is under the stress of coping with the allergy symptoms.
Take Brillia Cold & Flu Recovery if you’re battling multiple symptoms like nasal congestion, sneezing or runny nose. Or take Cough Control if you’re experiencing a persistent wet or dry cough or chest tightness. Both products can also be safely taken together. In fact, Brillia Health products are so gentle and safe that children can also take them to cope with allergy symptoms as most allergy meds are not safe for kids. Find out more about how Brillia Health products work.
Erica Garza is an author and essayist from Los Angeles. She holds an MFA from Columbia University and a certificate in Narrative Therapy. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Health, Glamour, Good Housekeeping, Women's Health, and VICE.