Pacific Integrative Pediatric Health | Allergy Awareness

April 26 through April 30 is allergy awareness week.  An allergy is an exaggerated immune response to certain triggers which are called allergens.  During this time of year you or your child might experience seasonal allergies to things like pollen in the air, and insect bites.  Other sources of allergic reactions include animal fur, dust mites, mold, pet dander and even cold air. 

Exposure to these allergens in some individuals can trigger the release of a chemical called histamine in the nose, throat, sinuses, lungs, skin, and gut.  Once this chemical is released a cascade of symptoms occur and depending on the allergen can result in a constant runny nose, itching teary eyes, ear and throat pain, and a recurrent cough or throat clearing from post-nasal drip.   

Seasonal allergies often have you reaching for the antihistamine or steroid eye drops, nose drops, or an oral antihistamine like Benadryl, Zyrtec, Xyzal, Allegra, or Claritin.  These medications can have adverse reactions like dry mouth, dry eyes, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting or in some children oral antihistamines can cause hyperactivity.  Without treatment you or child may just have a miserable day.

PIPH has a safe, natural treatment which reduces the symptoms and frequency of episodes of seasonal allergies.  Salt therapy or halotherapy is a natural treatment which is delivered to infants and children of all ages in a spa-like treatment room designed for their comfort. The room is filled with age-appropriate toys and a table to keep them entertained during the 30-45-minute session.  Teens and adults relax on anti-gravity lounge chairs with a blanket and music and read or rest and breathe in the dry salt aerosol during their 45-minute session.  The microparticles are blown into the air by a halogenerator.  Shorter sessions can be scheduled in our state-of-the-art salt therapy booth where adults and teens receive color therapy and music along with their 10-to-15-minute salt treatment.

Salt therapy is safe for adults, children, babies and expectant mothers.  You do not have to be a member of our practice or need a referral from your physician to enjoy the many benefits of salt therapy.

If you or your child suffers from any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to help alleviate those symptoms through salt therapy.  Feel free to come by for a tour of our Center, Salt Room and 

Booth in June when we open, or be the first in line by calling us or book an appointment online today!

Here are some ways that salt or halotherapy helps with allergies:

1. Reduces Inflammation in the airways

Our salt room and booth are dry, around 50% humidity.  This allows the dry salt particles to travel deep into your sinuses and respiratory system. These particles help reduce the migration of inflammatory cells to the area, decreasing your symptoms.

2. Reduces inflammation in the skin

The micro-particles of salt also have a beneficial influence on the skin. This increases activity of skin cell ion channels and activates electrophysiological activity that determines the skin’s protective properties. The dry salt impacts the skin microcirculation and assists cellular membrane activity helping to decrease inflammation and itching. 

3. Antibacterial

Bacteria may trigger or complicate an allergy. The microscopic dry salt particles reduce bacterial growth and multiplication. In addition, salt particles also absorb bacteria, clearing them out of the airway.

4. Promotes adequate airflow and Sleep

The salt particles break up the mucus plugs in your airways and sinuses, allowing more space for air to flow through. In addition, this results in less sleep disturbance as air tends to flow freely during sleep.

5. Flushes out Triggers for Allergy

Salt therapy soothes your airways and absorbs the irritants and allergens lining your airways, therefore, lowering the immune response and inflammation, decreasing your symptoms.

6. Relieves Discomfort

With sinusitis, comes headaches and facial pain, as well as runny nose. Headaches and facial pain in sinusitis are caused by mucus collection in the sinuses. Distension of these sinuses, as a result of mucus accumulation, result in pain. Salt therapy causes breakdown of mucus and clearance from your airway, relieving the symptoms.

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