Basically, I'm inclined to believe that allergies are due to a "deficiency" in the body. Allergy medications only target the symptoms of the attack and leave the person dizzy, tired, and unable to focus, because while "drying up" the person, the medications are fighting the body's immune system.
This is just my opinion from being a victim of chronic allergies. I have no medical expertise.
BTW, how do you edit your post, so I don't have to keep making new posts?
Okay, atleast part of it is due to a deficiency:
"Recent research suggests that there may be a link between omega 3 deficiency and food allergies. Food allergies in children may even be due to omega 3 deficiency in the mother’s diet."
That explains why my Cod Liver Oil tablets cured my food, pet, and dust allergies. Omega 3 is fish oil, mainly.
I'd still love to hear someone's herbal/alternative cure for hay fever.
Although antihistamines and steroids are the mainstay of treatment of hay fever,but other treatment options include leukotreine inhibitors like Montelukast,Cromolyn sodium and decongestants.Last but not the least,allergy desensitization or immunotherapy can be tried.
You can consult an allergist and discuss the option of immunotherapy with him.
Hope it helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted on how you are doing or if you have any additional queries.Kind regards.
Hi, I bumped onto your post while searching for benefits of cod liver oil against allergies. I find the information you provided, really exciting.
After suffering for more than 6 years, I got skin prick test done and have been tested positive against dust mites. But I dont think that's all I am allergic to. I almost always have early morning sneezing fits and runny nose most of the times (irrespective of the season). I am usually more comfortable outdoors, than indoors. I have also observed that I am sensitive to temperature changes (even room to room, sometimes). And I find food/drinks at room temperature more suitable for me.
I got my room cleaned from anti-allergy guys, who used HEPA filter, and got 60% improvement in early morning sneezing. However, I need to get it done every 3-4 months, as the effect only lasts that much long.
Any cure for this problem would be godsend for me. After reading your post, I tried having seven seas cod liver oil capsules, but it gives me headaches, so much that I could not continue (even if I take one a day). I wonder if it could be because I am vegetarian? May be my body is not able to adapt to omega-3, or some other ingredient of that capsule. Can you suggest some other source of omega-3 that I can try?
The cod liver oil tablets only cured me of my food allergies. It sounds like you might be allergic to house mold as well as dust mites.
Since I originally made this thread, I have been successfully immune to hay fever and animal dander, due to immunology (allergy) shots. I went ahead and got them. The shots really aren't as much of a pain to get as I thought they would be. For only 2.5 months I had to go once or twice a week. Once I got to my maintenance dose, I now go every 4-6 weeks. Up until then, I didn't have the time to get the shots. However, I really regret not having gotten them earlier in life. I am a completely different person now, because of the shots.
I'd stay stick with your allergist, get all of your shots diligently, and use the cod liver oil tablets in conjunction for your food allergies. It might not work for everyone's food allergies, but it did for mine.
Also, the shots worked for the dust mites and house mold as well. I am now allergy free. I also did not mention that after taking the cod liver oil tablets for 3 months, I no longer needed to take them and was cured of my food allergies. (I wasn't taking the shots back then when I started the cod liver oil.) I still take cod liver oil every once in a while if I feel a cold coming on. But I really am cured of my food allergies.
Hi Mal1e, I am really happy to know that after all these years of suffering, you are finally allergy-free. It must be a like getting a new life. I am 28, and have been suffering from allergies for more than 6 years. Although my symptoms are not as bad as yours were, but they still make my life miserable at times.
You happened to mention in one of your comments that cod liver oil cured your dust allergy, which got me enthused to try it for my dust mite allergies.
"That explains why my Cod Liver Oil tablets cured my food, pet, and dust allergies. Omega 3 is fish oil, mainly."
Anyways, your analysis suggests that only food allergies might be due to certain deficiencies in the body. And, cod liver oil is still giving me headaches, so I'd rather try other options. Can you explain to me what kind of allergy shots did you take? Do they take care of all identified allergens with one dose of allergy shot, once a week? How long did it take for you to feel tangible improvement?
I am based in Bangalore, India, so need to check whether that kind of treatment is available here or not. I know for sure there an allergy treatment clinic that offers Sublingual swallow Immunotherapy (SLIT). I am not sure if it's the same.
Sum, I'm sorry for responding to you so late. I initially responded on November 27, immediately after your last post. However, it did not post for some reason.
It turns out that the cod liver oil cured only my allergy to food molds. When I moved to a different part of the country, I needed to take allergy shots to deal with my hay fever. The allergy shots contain small doses of the allergen that I reacted to in the skin-prick tests that my allergist administered on me. Here in the U.S., after determining what you are allergic to with skin-prick tests, the doctors start you off with injections containing extremely low concentrations of the allergens. Every time I went back, they increased the dose. Eventually, they moved me up to high concentrations, which my body is now able to tolerate. I no longer have hay fever. They say after 4 or 5 years of monthly shots, my body should have built up an immunity and most patients no longer need the shots. However, because I am immuno-compromised, I will probably need them for life.