Many people require the use of antihistamines to combat skin problems. Antihistamines are used to reduce the effects of an allergic response from the body. For example, if the body is exposed to an allergen the body responds by releasing histamine. The histamine then causes certain reactions in the body to occur. Many of these reactions appear on the skin in terms of hives, itching, and redness. Therefore, for individuals that have many allergies, antihistamines can be a valuable tool in easing the discomfort caused by histamine.
The unfortunate thing is that many individuals need to take antihistamines on a regular basis over several years, so that the itching, hives, welts, or redness on the skin can be controlled. Whether these individuals have a skin condition that requires daily treatment or allergies, taking antihistamines is part of their daily routine.
There are legitimate concerns about the side effects of antihistamines, whether they are over the counter type or prescription. Common side effects of non natural antihistamines include: drowsiness, headache, blurred vision, dry mouth, difficulty passing urine, constipation or diarrhoea, irritability, hyperactivity in children, may thicken mucus secretions and increase the risk of bacterial infection and sinusitis, and can interact with other drugs.
More serious side effects, which can be categorized as being rare can include: high blood pressure, depression, tremors or convulsion, disorders of the liver and blood, and others.
In addition, people with certain medical problems may have trouble taking antihistamines. If an individual has difficulty passing urine, prostate problems, an eye condition known as glaucoma, epilepsy, any disease of the liver or kidneys, or porphyria (a blood disorder) then consultation with a physician is a must prior to taking any antihistamine.
Due to the side effect of prescription or over the counter antihistamines, many individuals are interested in natural antihistamines. Natural antihistamines may not produce the side effects previously noted. So, what is a natural antihistamine?
There are many natural products with antihistamine properties. Three examples are listed below.
Vitamin C can act as an antihistamine when the dose is greater than 1000mg per day.
Quercitin (a bioflavonoid) can be very effective in preventing the release of histamine from cells and treating common allergy symptoms. It does not cause drowsiness. Quercitn can be found in citrus fruits, cherries, raspberries, red grapes, yellow and red onions, leafy vegetables, red wine, green tea, black tea, evening primrose, squash, shallots, courgettes and broccoli, blue-green algae, and capsium or “chili peppers”.
Pycnogenal is also a bioflavonoid and a natural antihistamine. It is obtained from the extract of the bark of the French maritime pin.
In addition to these natural antihistamines grape seed extract, butterbur, green tea, honeycomb, other herbs such as stinging nettle, dong quai, gingko, and milk thistle, can be taken to help combat the effects of histamine.
More detailed information on natural antihistamines can be found at www.healthy-skincare.com/natural-antihistamines.html.