Allergies are a number of conditions caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system to typically harmless substances in the environment. These diseases include hay fever, food allergies, atopic dermatitis (link to SKIN page TODO) , allergic asthma, and anaphylaxis.
Hayfever is also called seasonal allergic rhinitis, but unlike a cold, isn't caused by a virus, but rather pollen and fungal spores. Hayfever sufferers have high levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE; an antibody) which leads to the release of histamine, causing symptoms unique to everyone, but typically including nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy-watery eyes and headaches.
To add insult to injury, researchers have recently identified important links between hay fever and an increased risk of anxiety and depression (link to WELLNESS) in adolescents.
To combat these symptoms, salt therapy works when the dry salt particles - ground to within 1-5 microns in size and released into the room - are inhaled, clearing mucus from the sinuses and airways, reducing airway obstruction, and reducing the chance of infection.
Salt possesses anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, dehydrating and killing bugs whilst widening airway passages. It is also a mucolytic - loosening retained mucus, and foreign allergens and accelerating their transportation - allowing them to exit the body.
Salt lowers IgE levels thereby reducing the amount of histamine released by the cells, and is itself a natural anti-histamine so prevents the symtoms associated with histamine release.
Salt therapy results in better breathing and clearer airways, allowing improved sleep, and reduced snoring. The resulting clean respiratory system naturally results in higher oxygen intake, increased energy and an improved immune system.
A majority of people who include salt therapy in their wellness routine may find relief from a variety of allergy-related conditions such as: sneezing, a runny or blocked nose, red, itchy watery eyes, wheezing and coughing, headaches, a red itchy rash, worsening of asthma and or eczema symptoms (LINK TO SKIN).
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