An allergy is our body’s reaction to something it should not react to. It treats the factor as an “enemy” and with prolonged exposure to it, as if it were chronically ill. It is this prolonged stress that causes progressive emotional dysregulation.

Allergies are generally very easy to recognize, the exceptions being certain food intolerances and unusual reactions to fungi and molds. But not everyone knows that persistent allergies can, due to chronic stress and exhaustion, lead to the development of neurosis or depression

Allergies as a cause of anxiety neurosis

Let me describe my case. I had mold in my house. Molds do not always cause typical allergies, sometimes they are undetectable in standard tests. But they are really devastating. On top of that, “mine” was so nasty that the symptoms were most pronounced when I was far from the source of the spores, which meant I couldn’t immediately associate it with my room. I developed a very severe anxiety with panic attacks, in addition to dozens of somatic symptoms. I suspected all possible illnesses, including getting tested for Lyme disease, having a colonoscopy, x-rays, and a bronchoscopy.

Finally my girlfriend found this mold, it had grown behind a cabinet. You couldn’t see it, smell it (just a slight mushroom-like smell, like in old houses), but it was sending out millions of spores. Such a hidden diverter. It finished me off to such an extent that I wasn’t even able to take the initiative of tidying up the room myself and finding out what was wrong there, only my girlfriend had to do it.

I kicked it to hell along with all the furniture, did a general overhaul of the room. After 2 weeks I felt like a newborn, revived, and before that I was rarely able to leave the house. Fortunately, I didn’t start taking the psychotropics prescribed by my doctor.

There’s not much to say about allergies, you just have to visit a doctor and have specialist tests done. It’s a fact that allergy specialists try to push allergy medication on everyone instead of finding the cause of the problem. Also tests are not always fully reliable, for example moulds and fungi can damage the body in other ways.

Speaking of allergies, I would also caution against fraud doctors. My doctor convinced me that if I didn’t take my prescriptions, I would have severe asthma in a few years. I was supposed to take this crap for the rest of my life, but necessarily from a special company, not the regular ones from the pharmacy, which cost several hundred month, at a time when a good salary was under one thousand. The proof of my incurability was to be positive tests for dust mites (almost everyone has a positive test) and for birch pollen, which in the end, as it turned out, did not allergen me at all. I don’t have asthma, my allergy symptoms disappeared when I renovated my bedroom.

The most common symptoms of an inhalant allergy include a runny nose, and sneezing like a madman (a series of sneezes every morning is characteristic, and it’s an almost certain diagnosis of an allergy to something in the bedroom). On top of that a sore throat. Chronic problems caused by “something in the house” can be recognized by the fact that during trips our health condition improves significantly. Anything can cause allergy: dust mites, paint, moulds.

It’s worse with food allergies and intolerances, they can give very different symptoms. The most common culprit here is milk. I know probably dozens of people whose parents made them “happy” by forcing them to drink milk to which they were allergic. They screamed and cried, but “milk is healthy, the lady on TV said so”. As a result, their health is now completely ruined by their parents. An allergologist should definitely be consulted here.

Some scientists claim that one of the most common causes of allergies is that babies are fed milk and baby food instead of breast milk during their first years of life, so that their bodies do not have the opportunity to “learn” to correctly distinguish between enemies, which normally happens through contact with the antibodies in breast milk. Is it possible to do something about it? Sometimes yes, sometimes no, there are special desensitizing “vaccines” that are effective and safe. An allergologist should also decide on this. But he will usually want to sell you pills, often from a company that offers various gadgets for prescribing this certain medicine.

Very often, you can deal with it all by yourself. First of all, remove the source of the problem: throw out the mouldy furniture, vacuum the apartment thoroughly, using a vacuum cleaner with at least a HEPA-13 filter or another filtering set guaranteeing to catch the smallest pollen. You can also set up an air purifier with a HEPA filter in the room. You can also examine feces for the presence of parasite eggs, preferably several times, parasites often cause allergies, and contrary to what you can read on the Internet, tests almost always detect them.

Popular tests for food intolerances, which can be bought in pharmacies or done in private laboratories are usually just a fraud. Throwing several hundred into the garbage. At the allergologist’s office we will do reliable skin tests.

Desensitization by means of injections, also carried out in allergy offices, is quite effective. Currently in phase II of research is an injection that will completely eliminate cat allergy for a few years, it may even have already been developed.