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Could You Be Damaging Your Brain with Allergy Medications?

“It’s just allergies!” Have you heard anyone say that recently? Chances are, if you live in St. Louis, you’ve probably said it yourself. In fact, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has ranked St. Louis in the top 10 worst cities for asthma and allergies for the past decade! This is mainly because St. Louis is between two rivers, which causes the mold and pollen numbers to be consistently high.

Of course, we all know that allergies can be manageable. Over the counter medicines ease those itchy red eye symptoms. You can find Benadryl, Claritin, Dimetapp, and Zyrtec in almost any household. But do you know the risks of taking these kinds of medications long-term? Some of these drugs were part of a recent study that showed some damaging side effects.

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine analyzed the physical changes in the brain when patients use these types of drugs. The researchers released their findings earlier this month that revealed that the medications lowered metabolism and affected the part of the brain that helps you recollect information. In the study, researchers used cognitive tests, PET scans, and MRI scans to see brain activity and structure. The tests showed that people taking the medications performed worse on short-term memory tests and other tests that examined verbal reasoning, planning and problem solving.

So what do you do if you have allergies? Do you have to just suffer through the season?

Here at Vidan Family Chiropractic, we encourage our patients to try “Conservative Care First.” Conservative Care is natural or alternative treatments without the use of drugs or surgery. There are many different alternative methods of treating allergies without first turning to allergy meds. People find relief from Nettie pots, acupuncture, herbal supplements, and dietary changes. Some people find relief eating local honey…yum!

Many people don’t know that chiropractic can be used to help with allergies. See, when the spine is misaligned (called a subluxation), it cuts off the communication flow from the brain to the nerve. So, a subluxation in your neck can cause a blockage in communication from your brain to the nerve that controls your sinuses. Thus, allergy symptoms! By removing the subluxation, the chiropractor restores the normal communication pathway to the nerve, which often alleviates allergy symptoms.

We love helping patients find relief from their allergies without the use of long-term drug use. If you or someone you know is suffering from allergies, don’t suffer through another season without giving us a call!

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