The Benefits of Intravenous Vitamin C for Seasonal Allergies

Spring is almost here! The sunshine, blue skies, and crisp air are reasons to enjoy the outdoors. However, spring triggers a different kind of reaction for allergy
sufferers. Tree pollen, dust, and mold may bring symptoms of seasonal allergies or allergic rhinitis. Antihistamines are the main treatment for allergies but many over
the counter or prescription medicines may leave you feeling drowsy. Overtime, the antihistamine drugs may decrease in effectiveness and stop working altogether.

What are Seasonal Allergies?

Seasonal allergies is an over stimulation of the immune system to allergen, a foreign substance.[6] When sensitive individuals breathe in the allergens, white blood cells
release histamine into the blood stream to trigger allergic responses such as sneezing, itchy eyes, asthma, nasal congestion, or runny nose. [6] Common allergens
include dust mites, tree pollen, and animal dander. According to CBC, 1 in 6 Canadians suffer from hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis. The allergy season may
start in March and extend into November. [1]

How does IV therapy help in controlling seasonal allergies?

Vitamin C also known as ascorbate is a potent antioxidant. [4] High dose intravenous vitamin C has been seen in a long term observational study to reduce
allergy-related symptoms. [2] White blood cells contain mast cells that releases histamine. IV vitamin C helps to stabilize mast cells to decrease histamine release.
[3] When our white blood cells are stabilized, the immune system is less reactive to the allergens in the air. In a case study, IV infusion of vitamin C, Magnesium, B12, B6,
B5, and B complex provided rapid relief for allergy symptoms. [5] Treatment was given once weekly or as needed during the hay fever season to fully control
symptoms.[5] In subsequent years, symptoms were fully prevented when IV treatment started before the hay fever season. [5]

Dr. Jean Wong

[1] Seasonal allergies: Something to sneeze at.

[2] Intravenous vitamin C in the treatment of allergies: an interim subgroup analysis of a long-term observational study.

[3] Intravenous infusion of ascorbic acid decreases serum histamine concentrations in patients with allergic and non-allergic diseases.

[4] Ascorbate is an outstanding antioxidant in human blood plasma.

[5] Intravenous Nutrient Therapy: the “Myers’ Cocktail”

[6] Do I need Antihistamines for Allergies?

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