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    What are environmental allergies?

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  • Lucinda Curran

    Acupuncturist

    Lucinda Curran of Eco Health Solutions offers a truly holistic approach to health by combining Building Biology and Chinese Medicine. Her work is solutions-focussed and … View Profile

    Environmental Allergies are basically allergies to triggers (things that cause reactions) in an environment.

    In my work, I broaden this definition out to include sensitivities as well.

    Commonly recognised triggers/allergens are pollens, exhaust fumes, grasses and dust mite.

    However, these are the ones that are widely recognised. There are many other triggers/allergens in our environment, and all have different reactions or symptoms in different people.

    Environmental triggers/allergens include, but are not limited to:

    • pollen
    • dust and dust mite
    • grasses
    • dander (animal fur)
    • mould
    • exhaust fumes
    • perfumes and aftershaves
    • antiperspirants
    • air fresheners
    • solvents
    • laundry products
    • incense
    • essential oils
    • cleaning products
    • plastics
    The list is endless, really. 

    Symptoms can range from hayfever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, asthma, anaphylaxis, hives and welts, rashes, vertigo and dizziness, headaches, vague/brain fog and so on.

    This area is not well-understood, and treatments will vary considerably depending upon who you ask.

    My advice would be: if you feel that you are reacting to something, seach for the answer and for the help that you need.

    Number 1 is to avoid the allergen/trigger - so identifying it is key.

    Hope this helps.

    Feel free to contact me if you require more information.

    Lucinda

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