Do you suffer from Sinusitis or Allergies?
by N J HowellNatural Allergy Remedies
The Allergies and Sinusitis Link:
Not everyone who has sinusitis has allergies and not everyone who has allergies develops sinusitis. However, sinusitis can often follow an allergic reaction.
What is sinusitis?
Simply put, a person with sinusitis has inflamed sinuses. This type of inflammation is caused by infection, which can be bacterial, fungal or viral in nature. Read more about Acute sinusitis at Medlineplus. Your doctor should always consider underlying conditions, including allergies, that may be impacting your sinus infections, especially if they are recurrent.
If allergies are suspected, it may be additionally important to detox your home and detox your air.
Allergy Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
This information courtesy of Native Remedies
Allergies are diseases of the immune system and are characterized by an overreaction of the human immune system to certain substances that usually cause no reaction in most individuals. "Antigens," or protein particles like pollen, food or dander enter our bodies through a variety of ways. If the antigen causes an allergic reaction, that particle is considered an "allergen" - and antigen that triggers an allergic reaction.
These are substances (or "allergens") that are eaten (peanuts, shellfish, etc.), breathed into the lungs or inhaled (pollen, dust mites, etc.), injected (bee stings, certain medicines, etc.) or touched (poison ivy, latex, etc.).
What are the symptoms of allergies? The immune system overreaction can result in annoying symptoms such as sneezing and wheezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing, sneezing, skin rashes or hives, itching and itchy and scratchy nose and throat. In severe cases allergy symptoms can also result in rashes, hives, lower blood pressure, difficulty breathing, asthma attacks, and even death.
Allergies are grouped by the kind of trigger, time of year or where symptoms appear on the body: indoor and outdoor allergies (also called "hay fever," "seasonal," "perennial" or "nasal" allergies), food and drug allergies, latex allergies, insect allergies, skin allergies and eye allergies.
More Americans than ever before say they are suffering from symptoms of allergies. Allergies are among the country's most common, yet often overlooked, diseases. Allergic reactions are not only bothersome, but many have been linked to a variety of common and serious chronic respiratory illnesses (such as sinusitis and asthma). Additionally, allergic reactions can be severe and even fatal.
Are allergies inherited? A person with an allergy must consider the genetic component. If only one parent has allergies of any type, chances are 1 in 3 that each child will have an allergy. If both parents have allergies, it is much more likely (7 in 10) that their children will have allergies.
Can allergies be cured? There are no medically recoginzed cures for allergies. Allergies can be managed with proper prevention and treatment. Good allergy treatment is based on the results of allergy tests, medical history, and severity of symptoms.
ps. from Neva, Ask a Healer: The Wholistic Health Practitioner believes the body can heal itself of any imbalance if sufficiently supplied with what it needs to heal and in the absense of undue stress and the presence of an otherwise healthy system. Natural allergy remedies address symptom relief but further will typically contain ingredients known to have restorative or protective properties that may help the body better defend itself against allergic reaction. However, no option offered here is given as a substitute for needed medical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.
How are allergies medically treated? Medical Treatment for allergies can include three different treatment strategies: avoidance of allergens, medication options and/or immunotherapy (allergy shots). Some people don't take allergy medicines because they don't take their symptoms seriously and say "Oh, it's only my allergies.". The result may be painful and worse complications such as sinus or ear infections. Don't take the risk because there are other options available to treat allergy symptoms rather than the traditional allergy medications, allergy shots, or consulting an allergist.
There are many safe non-prescription medicines available to relieve allergy symptoms, which are 100% natural, safe and effective herbal andhomeopathic remedies to naturally clear allergies and protect against all airborne and seasonal allergies, allergic rhinitis and hayfever!
Parts of this article provided by Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) 2005 and 4 freshAAIR - Spring 2005 edition.
Health Disclaimer: The number of factors that can contribute to allergies or sinusitis are many. It is beyond the scope of one article to fully discuss this subject. I do believe that aggressive attention to environmental, dietary, immune-system based and emotionally based factors is important because allergies, while not being life-threatening for most, can just drain the life out of your days and, over time, just rob you of a lot of living. The natural sinusitis remedies mentioned here are not being suggested as a replacement for any needed medical attention you may require.