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Sinus Problems and Allergies

There are few things more annoying and inconvenient than allergies. Runny noses, itchy and watery eyes, irritating, scratchy coughs, and sore throats, all make an otherwise lovely day a complete disaster. In fact, these pesky reactions always seem to come about when the weather is most beautiful, and the last thing you want to do is stay inside with a box of tissues. As if these symptoms weren’t enough, allergy problems often lead to related sinus conditions. If allergy symptoms are making your life less than sunny, the team at Advance Health and Wellness may be able to get you back into the great outdoors without being miserable in no time.

Exact causes of allergies can be unknown. Similarly, discovering what may make someone more predisposed to allergies can be difficult. Often times, genetics may be to blame.

Among the most common complaints of allergies are seasonal ones. Spring and Fall, especially in Tennessee, can trigger a multitude of symptoms, as hay, pollen, and other triggers floating in the air cause allergic reactions to take place. There are also allergies to indoor environmental causes, such as dust, mold, mildew, or pet dander. Typical reactions include: itchy or watery eyes, headaches, runny noses, sinus pressure, skin irritation, rashes, or in severe cases, swollen glands and the inability to breathe.

When allergies such as seasonal, indoor, or pet allergies cause nasal congestion and drainage, sinus problems are often a result. Chronic presence of excessive mucus in the sinus cavity can cause sinus infections, which are both painful and bothersome. These infections are also more difficult to clear up, and since the sinus is a gateway to the lungs, sinus infections can spread down into the chest, causing bronchitis.

Food allergies are also common, and can be either an intolerance or far more severe. Allergic reactions to foods, like peanuts and other tree nuts, milk and dairy, eggs, or wheat can either be mild and easily treatable, or they may cause anaphylactic shock in more extreme cases. Avoiding these foods is very important to your health if you have an allergy. In some cases, as with pea and tree nut allergies, it may be necessary to avoid any contact at all, not just ingesting them. When at a restaurant, you may want to ask the wait staff about the preparation of certain foods like desserts. It is always best to err on the side of caution.

There are many treatments for allergies, both over the counter and home remedies, as well as prescribed medications, or professional help. If you experience chronic allergies, you may become tired of taking medicines that often make you drowsy or groggy, and only treat the symptoms briefly. Other attempts to help allergies, such as eye drops and nasal sprays, can be bothersome to take, and things like dehumidifiers don’t always work. It is best to attempt to find a solution to your allergies, no matter what type they may be, that could provide a long term treatment or solution. While not all allergies can be “cured”, it may be worth it to consult with our practice about your specific needs.