THE ALLERGY MATRIX EXPLAINED
What do we mean by the allergy matrix? Basically, if you have one allergy there is often a comorbidity with other allergies. For example, with rhinitis – a constant runny nose – you may know you suffer from hay fever and you suffer the symptoms mainly in the summer. But why are you suffering similar symptoms in January when the pollen season has ended? Food, contact and aero allergens may also play a part. If you can identify the potential allergens which are causing further symptoms and remove them then the overall allergenic load will be reduced. Allergies are the result of a reaction that starts in the immune system of which 80% is based in the mucous lining of the gut.
Environmental allergies Are an allergic reaction which is a specific response of the body’s immune system to a normally harmless substance called an allergen. A variety of environmental allergens, such as pollen and animal dander, can trigger allergic reactions in the nose (allergic rhinitis, or hay fever) and in the lung (asthma).
A food allergy is an adverse immune response either IgE or non IgE to certain kinds of food. Allergens (the food fragments responsible for an allergic reaction) are proteins within the food that usually are broken down by the heat of cooking or by stomach acids or enzymes that digest food. Thus, large protein can cross the gastrointestinal lining, leaky gut, and enter the bloodstream, travel to target organs, causing allergic reactions throughout the body.
Nasal & ocular allergies are to blame if your eyes are itchy and red, tearing or burning with these symptoms you may have eye allergies (allergic conjunctivitis), a condition that affects millions. Many people will treat their nasal allergy symptoms but often ignore their itchy, red, watery eyes