First Aid for an Allergy Attack

Allergic reactions are very taxing to the body (see Raymond Francis’ article, “The Shocking Truth About Allergies”) and getting them under control by reducing inflammation and restoring systemic alkalinity as soon as you can will not only make you more comfortable, it will minimize the serious damage that each allergic reaction causes to your overall health.

Although if you’re prone to having anaphylactic type allergic responses, you should have an EpiPen handy, for most allergy attacks—itchy, tearing eyes; sneezing; congestion and fatigue—natural substances can do the job.

Vitamin C and quercetin (Cell Repair Quercetin or Cell Repair Formula) are a powerful combination for subduing inflammation. Take maximum doses to nip those allergic reactions in the bud. For taking vitamin C “to bowel tolerance” click here for instructions.

Allergic reactions make the body acidic, exacerbating inflammation and damage to body tissues. Many biochemical processes are hampered in an acidic environment. Take one or two magnesium capsules with a teaspoon of choline citrate in water to restore a healthy alkalinity. You can check your pH levels with pH paper. Click here for instructions on taking magnesium with choline citrate.

Taking enzymes between meals (they must be taken between meals; otherwise the body will use them to help digestion) breaks up immune complexes that are formed by allergic reactions.

Moderate exercise can also significantly reduce allergy symptoms. This was shown in a study done in Thailand. Individuals suffering from allergic rhinitis were asked to run on a treadmill for 30 minutes on two separate occasions. In one, they ran at increasingly faster rates to the point of exhaustion; in the other, they ran at a moderate pace. Allergy symptoms and markers for inflammation were recorded before and after each of the exercise sessions.

Both types of exercise reduced symptoms of sneezing, runny nose and nasal itching up to an impressive 70%! But the moderate exercise session produced lower markers of inflammation. Therefore, the researchers recommended moderate-intensity exercise for enhancing immune function for allergic rhinitis patients.

What is moderate-intensity exercise? In this study, they used a rather complicated equation, but we found a more user-friendly definition in the Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter. Miriam E. Nelson, PhD, director of Tuft’s John Hancock Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition and Obesity and vice-chair of the committee for the US government’s Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans had this to say:

. . . the best way to measure intensity is by perceived exertion using the “talk” test. If you can carry on a conversation without any challenge, it is usually classified as low-intensity. If you can carry on a conversation, but need to stop speaking here or there, then it is moderate; if you can only talk in short sentences, then it’s vigorous.


  1. Francis R. The shocking truth about allergies. 
  1. Tongtako W. The effect of acute exhaustive and moderate intensity exercises on nasal cytokine secretion and clinical symptoms in allergic rhinitis patients. Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology. September 2012;30(3):185-192.
  1. Nelson ME. Ask Tufts Experts (Q&A), Tufts University Health & Nutrition Newsletter, Date Unknown.
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