Seasonal AllergiesHave you ever wondered why some people suffer with seasonal allergies while others don’t? Doctors understand allergies are a symptom of an immune system gone awry.

Basically, an allergy attack is your body over reacting to something in your environment.

Your body overcompensates with a chemical cascade of antibodies called immunoglobulin E (IgE) to neutralize the offender which triggers sneezing, itchy eyes and all the other symptoms of allergies. Each antibody is quite specific. For example, it may react against certain types of pollen and not others. That’s why you might experience seasonal allergies in certain parts of the country but not all.

Even if you’ve suffered with allergies all your life, you may be able to find relief through some simple lifestyle changes.

Include these in your treatment arsenal:

1—Regular exercise

Whether you’re choose to run a marathon or if you simply want to increase your number of steps each day, getting more exercise is good for your mind, body and soul. If you’re just getting started on an exercise program there are many Apps you can use to help track your progress. One recent favorite is “Pacer.” It tracks your steps each day (provided your phone is in your pocket) and shows you trends over time.

2—Chiropractic Care

Regular chiropractic care boosts your immune system. How does it do that? It’s simple really. Your spinal column is connected to your central nervous system. That, of course, controls your entire body. When muscles, tendons or even bones are out of place – even by a millimeter – you feel the effect in your body.

Chiropractic care relieves pressure on your nerves which relaxes your body and therefore your immune system works more effectively. Some allergy sufferers experience immediate relief after a session or two.

A 2004 study found nearly all participants who suffered with allergies patients had a misalignment of their upper and middle back.


Acupuncture points targets specific points along the body that are related to internal organs such as your lungs which may be filled with phlegm during allergy season.

By targeting these areas with acupuncture needles, you release blockages and allow energy to move through your body more freely.

Allergies are one sign of something “off” in your body. When you implement healthy lifestyle choices, your body responds positively. There’s no need to suffer. Both chiropractic care and acupuncture can offer a “quick fix” if you’re deep in the throes. They can also give your immune system a boost to help you stay healthier year round.

If you’re in Doylestown, Pa, Dr. Jeff McQuaite sees allergy sufferers of all ages, from infants to senior citizens. His goal is to help you find relief from seasonal allergies.