Allergy involves an exaggerated response of the immune system, usually to common substances. Substances which cause allergic reactions are called allergens.
Common allergens include – foods (fish, eggs, peanuts, milk, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and shellfish), pollen, pet dander, dust mites, household chemicals, some medications (antibiotics, aspirin, ibuprofen), mold, or bee venom.
Having one allergy makes you more likely to get others. Therefore, if one year your ragweed symptoms seem more severe, it might be a reaction to another allergen which is also in the air.
According to statistics, over 30% of adults and 40% of children in the US have allergies.
Common symptoms may include:
- watery, red or swollen eyes (conjunctivitis);
- tingling in the mouth;
- itching of the eyes, nose, skin, or roof of the mouth;
- a stuffy nose;
- swelling of the tongue, lips, face, or throat;
- shortness of breath;
- a large area of swelling at the sting site;
- chest tightness;
- a cough;
- red skin.
Some types of allergies can trigger a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis include:
- loss of consciousness;
- a rapid pulse;
- skin rash;
- severe shortness of breath;
- a drop in blood pressure.
Spiritual Meaning of Allergies (general)
Allergy is a reaction of the body’s immune system to a substance that has been declared “enemy,” and since then it symbolizes an aspect of the individual that has been rejected or repressed.
Fighting an enemy that we’ve created is always an act of aggression, an unconscious struggle against an area of life that we fear or do not want to maintain in our lives.
Resistance is the opposite of love and for love, acceptance becomes a whole. The substance that caused the allergic reaction is a symbol of the area you are ignoring and fighting unconsciously.
If you experience allergic symptoms, it’s time to ask yourself what the symbolic enemy is trying to tell you. What aspects of life do you try to suppress or repress?
Try to take a conscious look at the things you fear unconsciously and notice the resistance to them, as well as the fear and aggression of the self.
Genuine healing of allergies will only be possible if you are able to consciously integrate the aspects you repressed as enemies.
Spiritual Meaning of Pollen Allergy
Pollen allergy is caused by a resistance to a situation in your life, a past memory or even a side of your personality.
It can also be a resistance and a non-acceptance of the passage of time, which is especially noticeable when changing the season, the moment when allergy reappears.
Spiritual Meaning of Sun Allergy
An allergic reaction to the sun indicates that the relationship with your father (both physically and spiritually) is a source of suffering for you. It can also represent a refusal to accept your “Inner Father.”
Spiritual Meaning Of Allergic Reactions to Antibiotics
The term “antibiotic” is made up of the words anti = against and bios = life. These are drugs that work against life. They also kill something inside you. A reaction to antibiotics is an indication that you must accept all aspects of life, even if they take the form of tension or conflict.
Spiritual Meaning Of Dust Mite Allergy
This type of allergy indicates a fear of all the things you feel are impure and dirty, a fear which often projects into sexuality.
Spiritual Meaning Of Cat Allergies
A cat symbolizes the most feminine aspects of sexuality and qualities such as gentleness and tenderness. If you are allergic to cats, you may have problems in this area.
Spiritual Meaning Of Horse Allergy
Horses represent the instinctual part of sexuality. If you are allergic to horses, it may mean that you are afraid of your sexual instincts. Again, physical problems indicate the place where one can find the truth.
Breastfeed Your Infant
Infections which start in the lungs are common triggers of asthma. Breastfeeding for at least 2 years strengthens a child’s immune system, and, in the long term, it is helpful in avoiding asthma.
Any type of physical activity produces adrenaline, a natural way to relieve a stuffy nose. However, exercising outdoors may expose you to more mold spores or pollen.
Reduce Your Stress Levels
Stress can also trigger flare-ups of seasonal respiratory allergies. Good methods to de-stress, include – deep breathing exercises, mindfulness meditating, Tai Chi, and yoga.
It is essential to not be exposed to tobacco smoke. Also, exposing children to secondhand smoke can increase the development of asthma.
A research done at the Monash University concluded that a high-fiber diet changes the gut flora to protect against food allergies.
Other prevention methods include:
- regularly wiping surfaces with a damp, clean cloth to reduce dust mites and mold. However, avoid dry dusting, since it can spread dust into the air. It is recommended to use mineral oil, baking soda, vinegar, or club soda to clean instead of using harsher cleaning solutions which can produce allergic reactions;
- preventing anyone from smoking anywhere near your you, particularly in your car and home;
- using a vacuum cleaner fitted with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter, since it can trap more dust mites than normal vacuum cleaners;
- avoiding allergen substances which you know you are allergic to;
- avoid having indoor plants;
- keeping windows closed during the pollen season, particularly on dry, windy days.