Friday, November 6, 2020

Respiratory Allergies and Homoeopathic treatment - Its safe


Respiratory Allergies and Homoeopathic treatment - Its safe 

An Indian study reported that prevalence of allergic rhinitis was 11·3% in children aged 6–7 years, and 24·4% in children aged 13–14 years. Apr 1,2020, In terms of the age-groups affected, about 70 per cent of patients develop allergic rhinitis before they are 30 years of age and, the adolescent children have greater incidence with allergic rhinitis occurring between 8-11 years of age.  Over $600 million is spent annually in the management of this disease by United States which does not include the costs of the 2 million lost workdays, 3 million lost school days and 28 million days of decreased productivity from the symptoms of the disease and/or side-effects of the medications used to treat them.

Among India's 1.31 billion people, about 6% of children and 2% of adults have asthma.

Heredity plays a role in the development of allergies.  The risk of the developing allergies is 18% if neither parent is atopic, 20% if one parent is atopic and 50% if both parents are atopic.

Common Causes

Irritants like smoke, perfumes, strong smells, air pollutants and temperature changes, dust mites (see figure), polluted areas having high levels of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen diospets, moulds growing on wallpaper, upholstery, carping and plants within the house are found to cause allergic rhinitis.  Grasses and trees (in fig ) that release minute pollen grains are also known to cause allergies.  Allergies contracted from grass are experienced more in the late afternoon while that from mould spores may peak on dry windy afternoons or on damp or rainy days in the early morning.  Intake of alcoholic drinks like wines and beer, sea foods, chlorine in swimming pool water, drugs like birth control pills and female hormones, some drugs used for blood pressure control, aspirin and chronic use of decongestants in the nose can also produce rhinitis.

Perennial rhinitis:  common causes are dust mite (in fig) found in many homes, and domestic pets.  Salivary protein of cat, allergens from cockroaches etc. also cause perennial rhinitis.  Occupational rhinitis is caused by an agent inhaled at the work place.

Symptoms of allergic rhinitis include frequent or repetitive sneezing (it is an allergic reaction to something in the air); a runny or congested nose; itching in the nose, eyes, throat, or roof of the mouth; plugged-up ear canals; sore throat; occasional nose-bleeds; impaired smell and wheezing. 

Almost 20-50 percent of patients with allergic rhinitis go on to develop asthma as allergic rhinitis is a risk factor for developing asthma.  A large number of children who start with asthma also develop allergic rhinitis.


The most important diagnostic tool is the history of the illness.  The timing of symptoms also helps in making the diagnosis.  Allergic rhinitis that appears seasonally is almost always due to pollen; and outdoor allergens can be detected by conducting a skin test when the patient is not taking antihistamines. Skin-testing should also be avoided in patients with extensive eczema.  For such patients, ELISA and RAST are two commonly used methods that measure the presence of food-specific IgE I the blood of the patients

Treatment: A detailed clinical history of the patient’s illness will identify the likely cause of rhinitis. Medical philosophy is increasingly coming to the conclusion that the mere treatment of symptoms and organs can only help temporarily and that it is the healing power of the body as a whole that has to be enhanced.  Homoeopathy believes in a holistic, totalistic and individualistic approach which provides relief, free of side-effects.

The following  homoeopathic remedies which can be tried under the guidance of qualified Homoeopathic Physician, Arsenicum album, Allium Cepa, Euphrasia, Arum triphyllum,Lemna Minor, Kali lod, Sulphur,Teucrium  marum verum, Solidago, Sanguinaria nitrate, Pothos and Psorinum.

This article is for creating awareness towards Homoeopathy, which is safe and gives almost permanent cure in respiratory allegies

 Full length article available in authors book  'Wonders of Homoeopathy an evidenced based  study '  available in Amazon India