A new find to add to the ever growing list of allergens… Yip, another item you can’t even see to worry about. It’s called Basidiomycetes and is a class of fungi that forms part of puffballs, brackets and very yummy mushrooms. Basidiomycetes is predominantly an outside fungi however its spores do have the potential to migrate in doors.
Respiratory allergy sufferers such as those that have asthma have been found to be highly sensitive to basidiomycetes.
Bird poop can even be fatal…. Yip, it’s true, Cryptococcus neoformans is an airborne fungi that often growths on old bird poop and can result in a fatal systemic infection in those individuals who are severely immune-compromised. This is due to the air-borne basidiospores found in the Cryptococcus neoformans that results in an infection of the lungs called cryptococcosis.
Decaying wood, animal dung and decaying leaves are also an ideal habitat for Basidiomycetes, so be wary the next time you pass a toadstool or skewer your next scrumptious mushroom as it could be fungal allergy causing.
So I know fungi or as it is often termed mold, can grow in the body cavities and yes, it does cause the body to react in various ways but how can you tell if it’s just an allergy or a fungal allergy? One allergy is the same as the other isn’t it?
An allergy is basically an overreaction of one or more of the bodies systems to a harmful particle it comes into contact with. These particles by themselves are safe however in certain individuals the body perceives these as vicious body invaders and as a result starts to swell, becomes red, leaks excess fluid, cause sneezing, watery eyes, itchiness all over and results in you feeling pretty down.
Both fungal and normal allergies progress if not treated, both can be accompanied by yucky bacteria and both cause outrageously foul breath. Allergens, both fungal as well as pet dander, dust and foreign particles are airborne therefore easily contracted. The symptoms of both mold and fungal allergies are also the same however there is one main difference. Fungal allergies often lead to wheezing and a shortness of breath common with asthma type symptoms.
As these two conditions are so similar a visit to your GP or Specialist may need to be considered as they will be able to culture a sample from your nasal passages and sinus cavities to identify if mold is in fact present. Remember, fungi spreads easily with spores easily dislodged from their carriers. This means that even a small whoosh of air is all that is needed to disperse millions of spores ready to migrate into and flourish in deeper body recesses. Fungi is also extremely resilient as it grows like a plant with a root system to anchor itself into the delicate membrane linings. For more information on fungal allergies and treatments visit http://www.sinus-pro.com/remedies/fungus.asp
Ever stood in front of a pharmacy isle thinking… Mmmmm is my condition chronic or acute? Now that’s the million dollar question! So instead I visited my GP, spent big bucks again only to end up taking a product that left me with vision-altering side effects….. wow, so back to the pharmacy isle again for a few hours contemplating on the correct severity of my condition. Perhaps if id brought my tablet along I could Google it!
So what’s the difference in essence between acute and chronic… In a nutshell of course…
By definition, acute means the condition has been present for a short period of time and basically started rapidly; didn’t take long to occur or drag itself out from the onset. We then move onto sub-acute which is almost like the peanut butter between ones sandwich [the middle line so to say]. For me, sub-acute medication would be the next step I would take if the acute medication didn’t do the trick; and last but definitely not least is the chronic phase. A chronic condition has basically overstayed its welcome lasting for 4 weeks or more with certain days been worse than others. Some medications have the word chronic written on them whereas others stick to the term severe. Chronic medication is also often what GP or Specialist prescribed so you may find it difficult to locate these types of products on the pharmacy isle.
If all else fails and my guide to differentiating between acute, sub-acute and chronic doesn’t help, there’s always the friendly pharmacy assistants on standby to help you or like Sinus-Pro, there’s their trusty Sinus Diagnostics Tool… its almost the same as having your very own, dedicated pharmacist assistant to help you when you need… it’s just a click away…
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Have you even wondered what smoking does to your sinuses, you don’t have to look far… just look at the filter at the end of the cigarette. This filter is covered in black or brown gunk which provides a clear indication of what’s happening to a person’s lungs and sinuses.
The lining of the nose and sinuses is the same as the lining in the lung which has cilia (tiny hair-like structures), that clean the nose, sinuses, and lungs of airborne particulate matter, bacteria and mucous. When one smokes the cilia lining the nose, sinuses and lungs stop working which predisposes the smoker to increased infections of the lungs and sinuses.
Normally, all that mucus travels to the back of your throat and you swallow it. When the cilia are damaged and stop moving the mucus out, it backs up in the sinuses and bacteria start to multiply there.
The weaker the sinuses become, the greater the impact it will have on a person. The sinuses become more congested and more blocked due to the mucus membranes becoming irritated and inflamed causing more build up of mucous. This can then lead to a sinus infection with pain, headache, pressure, congestion, a runny nose, difficulty breathing and a reduced sense of smell.
Exposure to a secondhand smoke appears to be one of the factors that predispose you to Chronic Sinusitis with more people diagnosed with it after being exposed to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke can have the same affect on your nose, sinuses, and lungs as it does on a primary smoke and has been linked to snoring, respiratory infections, and ear infections in children. Smoking is not just bad for your health, but also for people living around you.