What is Your Allergy Type?

allergy typesAs with most conditions in Ayurveda, allergies can be divided into the three subtypes of Vata, Pitta and Kapha.  By discovering which allergy type you are prone to, one will uncover the proper line of treatment that is needed.  The type of allergy occurring in an individual usually will correlate with their specific body type, or Prakrtti, their environment and the current season.  For example, a Kapha type individual will naturally be more prone to Kapha type allergies and will be especially susceptible during the Kapha time of year (late Winter/Spring).

Finding out which category you fall into is the first line of treatment to becoming allergy-free.  Here is a general list of some common signs and symptoms that pertain to each dosha.  Find out which allergy type you fit into, and begin you journey to becoming allergy-free today!

Vata Allergy Type:

Vata type allergies are most prevalent in the transitional Fall and Spring seasons.  They are aggravated by dry, windy, and cold climates and tend to worsen with the presence of dry dust and dander.  Some common occurring symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sneezing
  • General muscle aches
  • Dry cough
  • Dry eyes
  • Dry nose and sinuses
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Dry, hoarse throat
  • Gas, bloating
  • Restlessness
  • Nervousness, fear and anxiety
  • Heart palpitations
  • Insomnia
  • Nightmares

Pitta Type Allergies:

Pitta type allergies will be seen most during the late Spring and Summer months.  They are quite aggravated in hot climates and direct sunlight.  Pollen is usually a strong instigator for this allergy type.  Some prevalent signs and symptoms include:

  • Rash, hives
  • Inflammation of the skin
  • Inflammation of the respiratory tract
  • Inflammation of the sinuses
  • Sharp headache, usually in the temporal region
  • Burning, red eyes
  • Eczema, psoriasis, or dermatitis
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anger and irritability

Kapha Type Allergies:

Kapha type allergies tend to occur predominately during the late Winter season and throughout the Spring.  These allergies are further increased in cool, damp environments.  Mold is a common culprit in the manifestation of this allergy type.  Some common signs and symptoms of Kapha type allergies include:

  • Sinus congestion
  • Stuffy nose
  • Runny nose
  • Watery eyes
  • Sneezing
  • Overall feeling of heaviness
  • Dullness in the mind
  • Excessive mucus
  • Swelling of the face and extremities
  • Lethargy
  • Asthma due to congestion
  • Consistent postnasal drip
  • Wet cough

Before beginning an Ayurvedic treatment plan, it is mandatory to find out your present allergy type.  If you still are not sure which category you fall into, please contact me with questions or to set up a consultation today (phone consultations available!).  If you feel confident in your allergy type, please read onto my next article “Simple Ayurvedic Remedies for Allergies” and find some relief today!



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