The runny nose, the watery, itchy eyes…seasonal allergies are upon us. Allergens such as flower pollen, grasses and trees can produce these symptoms, which make a majority of Americans reach for their Zyretc, Allegra and Claritin. In response to an allergic trigger, an individual may develop an exaggerated immune response. Substances like immunoglobulins flood the nasal and sinus passages, and particular white blood cells (eosinophils) flood the area, and inflammatory substances like histamine are released by the masses. This response leads to drippy noses, eyes and itchiness.
The above anti-histamine medications are aimed at blocking or suppressing the release of histamine. Histamine's role in the body is to cause an immediate inflammatory response. It serves as a red flag in your immune system, notifying your body of any potential attackers. Histamine causes your blood vessels to swell, or dilate, so that your white blood cells can quickly find and attack the infection or problem. The histamine buildup is what gives you a headache and leaves you feeling flushed, itchy and miserable. This is part of the body's natural immune response.
Intravenous therapy allows the body to receive high amounts of Vitamin C, which otherwise cannot be tolerated when taken by mouth. Intravenous nutrients produce a marked, although transient, increase in blood concentrations, providing a window of opportunity for ailing cells to easily absorb nutrients. Nutrient influx into the cells is believed to restore their healthy function, at least temporarily. If cells are repeatedly "flooded" with nutrients, the improvement appears to be cumulative, and patients become progressively healthier.
Vitamin C exerts antiviral, antihistamine and oxidative (anti-cancer, antibacterial/antifungal) effect at levels only attainable via IV administration. IV nutrient therapy combines vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which work together to help increase immune system responses, decrease overall inflammation, and help improve sleep, fatigue, headaches, and a multitude of other health complaints. IV infusions can be performed twice monthly to help increase immune system and dramatically reduce seasonal allergy symptoms.
Contact your naturopathic physician to help individualize your seasonal allergy treatment plan.
Ariel Mastrich, ND