Sunday, November 17, 2013

Spirulina: Magic Wand for Allergic Rhinitis

Allergy is a hypersensitive response by our immune system against any foreign material, which otherwise may be harmless to the body. Substances that trigger allergic responses are termed as allergens. Technically, allergens can be defined as antigens (foreign particles capable of stimulating immune responses), often inhaled, touched or consumed orally (eaten), which is perceived by our immune system as undesirable elements leading to allergic reactions. Common allergens include dust mites, pollens, peanuts, foods, certain medications and molds. Some of the commonly known symptoms of allergic reactions as cited by FDA are:
  • Hives
  • Flushed skin or rash
  • Tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth
  • Face, tongue, or lip swelling
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhoea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Dizziness and/or lightheadedness
  • Swelling of the throat and vocal cords
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
Allergic rhinitis is a condition of inflammation in nasal pathways. When a person suffering from allergic rhinitis breathes in an allergen, body releases chemicals such as histamine which leads to reactions aggravating the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Symptoms of allergic rhinitis are mentioned below:
Some symptoms occur shortly after coming in contact with the allergic substance. These are
·         Itchy nose, eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Teary eyes
  • Sneezing
Symptoms which develop later include:
  • Nasal congestion and coughing
  • Decrease in sense of smell
  • Sore throat
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Headache, fatigue and irritability
  • Pressure in ear
The best way to overcome Allergic Rhinitis is by controlling the release of histamine and also by reducing the level of cytokines. One of the many properties of Spirulina is that it reduces the level of cytokines in persons having allergic rhinitis which indicates reduced auto immune response. It also inhibits the release of histamines from mast cells which are responsible for various allergic reactions. Therefore it is to be concluded that regular intake of Spirulina can be helpful in controlling allergic rhinitis.