Allergy Season Survival Tips

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Due to numerous years of record-breaking levels of seasonal pollens, it is essential to have an allergy survival plan in place. But you ask Why such high levels?

Well for starts climate change – the rise in worldwide temperatures and greenhouse gasses, the record amounts of precipitation, and lastly an overplanting of male plants have led to a longer allergy seasons. All these factors create the perfect storm for those of us that suffer from seasonal and mold allergies. But there are techniques to stay one step ahead for an allergy-free season!

First, you need to know if you have seasonal allergies, and then you can customize a successful allergen prevention and management plan.

Second, many sufferers don’t realize that medications often work better before the symptoms take hold. You may need less if started before peak allergy periods.

One area that may be significantly affected if you suffer from allergies is sleep patterns. Allergy sufferers are often sleepy during the day, especially when on drowsiness-causing OTC medications or oral decongestants.

The key to OTC medication is to get the right treatment to control your seasonal and indoor allergies, so you can breathe and sleep better at night.

Here are some allergy survival strategies that are extremely helpful to allergy sufferers:

  1. Cool eye compresses may improve the appearance and reduce unwanted swelling of the eyes due to allergy symptoms.
  2. Wear big sunglasses to block pollen from entering into your eyes and eyelids, especially on windy days.
  3. Change your clothing before going into your bedroom to reduce pollens from being brought into your bedroom.
  4. Shower and shampoo your hair in the evening if you have been out on high-pollen days to remove unwanted seasonal pollens and molds from landing on your pillow and bed sheets during the night.
  5. Wear a wide-brimmed hat to prevent pollen from landing on top of your head.
  6. Try avoid using hair gel or similar hair-care products that can act as “pollen magnets”.
  7. Try exercising indoors on high-pollen days (warm, dry, sunny and windy days and lower on cooler, moist, wet and “windless” days).
  8. When working in the garden or lawn mowing wear a pollen mask, use gloves and avoid touching your eyes and face.
  9. Try never dry clothing outdoors on high-pollen days, as pollen will stick to your linens, towels, etc.

Avoid Certain Plants and Flowers

Many flowers will drive up your allergy symptoms, especially if you inhale their aroma up close. Try avoid the following plant if you have allergies: Daisies, chrysanthemum, amaranths, dahlia, sunflower, black-eyed Susan, zinnia, privet, and lilac. The following plants won’t aggravate your allergies and can and can be planted in your Allergy-Friendly Garden: Gladiolus, periwinkle, begonia, bougainvillea, iris and orchid.

Clean the Air

At home or when driving, keep all the windows closed and put the air conditioner on “re-circulate the air” to keep out the pollens. Clean the filters in air conditioners frequently during the allergy season. Enjoy the great outdoors this season with these simple, practical and proven ways to stay allergy-free!

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An Allergy Infection caused by Fungus

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If you have allergies throughout the year, you could be allergic to what we call fungus or mold. Like other allergies, fungal allergy infections are triggered when you come into contact with what is known as mold or mildew, which is a form of fungi that is present and spreads in the air. Inhalation of the spores of the fungi can cause an allergic reaction in some people. 

What is it?

Allergic fungal infections usually affect your upper respiratory tract, and some can even cause inflammation to the skin. While most of these fungal allergy infections are minor and can be treated with medication, there are a few that can cause major health issues.

Allergic reactions to mold and other fungi can developed early in childhood, but some can occur even as the person ages. Some of the fungus allergy infections include

  • Fungal sinusitis and other respiratory diseases
  • Fungal eye infections
  • Fungal skin diseases
  • Fungal meningitis – affects the spinal cord through blood
  • Nail fungus infections

Symptoms

The symptoms of fungal allergy infection may differ from one person to another, based on the type of infection that the person has been affected with. Common symptoms that you should watch out for include

  • Fever, numbness or swelling of face, nasal discharge, cough, headache and visual disturbances in case of fungal sinusitisRashes, reddish-purple patches on the skin, cracking of skin, soreness, scaling and pimples with pus at affected areas in cases of fungal skin allergy infection
  • Scaling, severe discomfort in the ear and inflammation in case of fungal ear infection
  • Swelling of the nails, change in color of the nails to white or yellow and inflammation of the nail bed in case of nail or toenail fungal infection

Causes

There are millions of varieties of fungi around the world. Anyone, regardless of age, gender, and location can get affected by fungi. People with weak immune systems are more likely to get a fungal allergy infection than those with stronger immunity.

Fungal allergy infection is caused due to different types of fungi that thrive in certain conditions like dry or rotten wood, wet or moist conditions, plants, and other pollen. Fungi spread and multiply through the spores that are spread through the air.

While some fungi like black mold can be toxic, others are less dangerous but cause discomfort in the patient. The most common types of fungi causing allergy and infection include Aspergillus, Blastomyces, Candida, Coccidioides (found in dry weather), Cryptococcus neoformans (found in soil), Cryptococcus gattii, Histoplasma capsulatum (bat or bird droppings), and Mucoromycotina (in decaying matter) among others.

The Dreaded Bad Breath

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One of the most embarrassing conditions you can have is bad breath or halitosis. Although the problem is quite common with one in four people having bad breath quite regularly, it can still keep you from being socially active, cause trouble for you at work/ school or simply give you a great deal of stress and anxiety. Learn more about bad breath and arm yourself with the right knowledge to combat it effectively.

What is it Bad Breath?

Bad breath or halitosis is, simply put, a condition where your breath smells very unpleasant. When you talk or yawn, this odor may be very evident to people who are close by, causing them to avoid standing or sitting near you. Bad breath can cause many socially awkward situations both for you and for those around you. It can affect people of both genders, at any age, and it can impact a person’s career, social interactions, and self-esteem quite dramatically, which is why eliminating the problem should be a priority activity.

The innumerable breath mints, sprays and mouthwashes that you find lining supermarket shelves tell you how common this problem is and how keen people are to keep halitosis at bay. However, these products only offer temporary solutions to combat the symptoms by masking the bad odor for a short while.

Symptoms of Bad Breath

The most evident symptom of halitosis is foul smelling breath, white or yellow coating on the tongue, dry mouth and a metallic, bitter or sour taste in your mouth. The problem is that you may be completely unaware that your breath smells bad until someone actually points it out to you. If you suspect that you have this problem, ask a friend or relative if they can smell the foul odor from your mouth when you talk or yawn when they are nearby. Since it is often a delicate issue for people to point out when someone has bad breath, a better test would be to do it yourself. Lick your wrist with the back of your tongue and smell the area after it dries. If you can detect a bad odor, then you probably have bad breath.

Causes of Bad Breath

The causes of bad breath are many but poor oral hygiene is usually the main culprit. When you allow bacteria to build up in your mouth, they break down the food remnants in your mouth, releasing foul-smelling gas while doing so. Even simple measures such as brushing twice a day or using a mouthwash to rinse out after brushing can help combat bad breath quite effectively. Gum disease could also cause halitosis and so can strong smelling foods like garlic and onions. Heavy smokers often find their breath reeks, and so do those who drink heavily.

Here are a few other contributors of Bad Breath:

  • High Protein Foods (milk, cheese and most other dairy products)
  • Hindered air or mucus flow
  • Nasal Polyps
  • Sinusitis (sinus infection)
  • Post Nasal Drip
  • Dry Mouth
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Throat or tonsil infection

Tip to help with Bad Breath

  • However, even those who follow good dental hygiene may develop halitosis after a sickness or due to some medications. In this case, the bad breath problem may, fortunately, be a temporary occurrence.
  • Brush and floss more frequently
  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Avoid foods such as onions and garlic as substances they contain make their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs, where you breathe them out
  • Eat sugarless candy, chew sugarless gum or drink water to stop your mouth from drying out
  • Eat a carrot, a stick of celery or an apple to speed up saliva flow between meals which helps wash away bacteria from teeth, tongue and gums that can cause bad breath
  • Eating breakfast helps get the saliva flowing and cleans the mouth
  • Chew on parsley, mint, cloves or fennel seeds for ± one to two minutes if your mouth feels dry, this acts as a known breath deodorize.

How to treat Bad Breath?

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Allergies

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The majority of people around the world are allergic to something or the other. Among the common triggers of allergic reactions include specific food types, pollen, dust, fungi and sometimes chemicals in medicines. Allergic reaction can cause mild irritation in some people and in some, they may be fatal. That is why it is important for people who have allergies to carry their anti-allergy medicines at all times. The best thing to do is avoid coming into contact with what you are allergic too.


What is it?

Allergies are the response of the immune system to a substance. When your body, the immune system to be precise, does not agree with something, you will experience an allergic reaction. Allergies are hypersensitive disorders, and when ignored, can lead to conditions like diarrhea, asthma, vomiting, sinusitis, and swelling of the face or other body parts.

Allergies are the over exaggerated reaction of a person’s immune system to a particular substance or particle. That is why something, that is good for you, may prove to be dangerous for another individual who is allergic to it.

While most allergies are developed at an early age, some people can become allergic to certain substances as they age. There is no saying what may cause the allergy or what they may become allergic to, but the most common factor causing an allergic reaction is changes in the immune system.

Treatment for allergies, therefore, include natural treatments, steroid injections and medicines that modify the structure of the immune system and minimize the reaction. People who are allergic to particles in the environment, like dust, pollen and such are more susceptible to their reactions.

 

Symptoms

The allergic reactions that people have can range from mild and fatal. The early stages of an allergic reaction could be acute and result in rashes, or running nose, itchy eyes, etc. that cause discomfort in the person. Severe allergies can lead to

  • Sneezing and running nose (Rhinitis)
  • Sinusitis
  • Coughing, some people may have an attack of asthma on exposure to allergens
  • Redness of the eye, itching and watering of eyes (Hayfever and Allergies)
  • Breakout of hives, rashes with inflammation of the skin
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Bloating of stomach, pain in the abdomen

Often, the allergies may appear in the form of rashes or a common cold and may occur repetitively. In such cases, the first step is to identify what you are allergic to and also consult a doctor for preventive medication.


Causes

 Allergies can be caused due to

  • Foods like nuts, dairy products, fish, etc.
  • Non-food proteins like latex
  • Toxins that interact with certain proteins in the food
  • Hereditary (genetic structure causes allergies in some people)

So it’s off to the bin I go with my bread… better luck next time for that cheese and tom!

breadspoThis morning’s rush to the bread bin reminded me of a not-so-healthy nasal passage condition I researched years ago and thought vital to share… mold and not just the cute, furry stuff that lines your damp pavements but rather the growing, tiny, mushroom-like structures which when given the right conditions, such as our moist and dark nasal passages can simply take over!

That’s right, the mold I noticed on my bread can actually find its way into the delicate nasal and sinus passages resulting in fungal sinusitis. Although curable, this is a persistent condition which is difficult to rid the body of entirely. This is because when mold propagates, it releases millions of tiny spore-like structures which attach themselves to the mucus linings with anchor-type root systems… you could picture them as weeds growing in your linings but at a rate much faster than the pesky weeds on your driveway.

It was found in a study done by the Mayo Clinic that there is a link between fungal sinusitis and chronic rhinosinusitis.

So what are the common symptoms you say? These include swelling, inflammation and edema of the membrane linings which can cause one to feel blocked or congested. As Fungal sinusitis is related to allergies, common allergy symptoms may also be present. Most of all chronic sinusitis symptoms may appear such as colored nasal mucus, pressure, sinus pain, drained and tired feelings, a lack of energy, post nasal drip, fevers or high body temperature, sneezing and excess fluid secretions.

Diagnosing fungal sinusitis is done with the help of a laboratory test whereby patients are tested for mycetoma, aspergilloma, fungal balls in the sinusitis, eosinophilic mucin sinusitis, saprophytic fungal growth and invasive fungal sinusitis. This test will confirm if fungal sinusitis is present or not.

So even though there’s no hope for my cheese and tom sandwich due to the state of my bread, it doesn’t mean fungus located in your nasal passages is not treatable. There are numerous treatments which may be offered. These include steroids, immunotherapy, anti-fungal agents and anti-inflammatory therapies however as mentioned earlier, fungus is majorly tricky to fully get rid of because of their pesky spores so the chances of it returning are pretty darn high.

And what of natural therapies? One such therapy currently on the market is the Sinus-Pro, Fungus Allergy Remedy; a homeopathic preparation which works from the inside out helping prevent and halt the growth of fungal spores in delicate linings whilst also treating any inflammation or swelling caused by the irrigation that these spores have caused. This then also assists the body in safely shedding the spores as they are unable to attach in the delicate linings. What’s best about this treatment is that it does not have any nasty side effects which one often hears of with steroid treatments. This remedy can be found online at http://www.sinus-pro.com/remedies/fungus.asp

Sinus Headache

Sinus headache occurs when a sinus infection causes swelling and inflammation to the sinus membrane. This then results in a feeling of pressure and pain around the forehead, cheeks, and eyes.

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The causes of Sinus Headache

  • Persons prone to respiratory conditions such as colds or flu, hay fever etc. are likely to experience frequent sinus headache each time they suffer from such respiratory conditions.
  • Physical conditions such as surgeries on the nose may lead to persistent inflammation of the sinuses.
  • Sensitivity to environmental factors like sensitivity to dust, smoke, and pollen can trigger sinus headaches
  • Mucus build-up due to inflammation of the sinus membrane
  • Flu infection or a cold
  • Sinus infections


The symptoms of Sinus Headache

  • Pain and pressure in the cheeks, gums, forehead, head, and around the eyes area
  • Inability to taste food, combined with a cough or fever
  • Suffering a sinus infection that lasts for days and weeks and is also accompanied by sinus headaches
  • Achy feeling in the upper teeth
  • Fever and chills
  • Facial swelling
  • Nasal pressure or congestion
  • Yellow or green discharge
  • Sinus headaches that tend to get worse as you bend forward or lie down


Treating Sinus Headache

In order to treat a sinus headache, you have to know what’s causing it. Also, a major difference between a sinus headache and other headaches like migraines is that a sinus headache is not usually accompanied by vomiting or nausea. A diagnosis from a doctor may be necessary.

Homeopathic remedy have provided the most effective relief for headache caused by sinusitis or sinus infections. http://www.sinus-pro.com/sinus_headaches.asp

Nasal Mucus removal in children.

Nasal Aspirators

Adults have a variety of medication/remedy for their nasal congestion, but how should children relieve their nasal congestion? One of the most effective ways of removing children’s nasal mucous safely is to use a clear plastic tip Nasal aspirator.

The following items that are needed before removing nasal mucous from a child’s nose.

Have a tissue ready and if the baby has dry mucous you and you may also need to apply 2 or 3 drops of saline solution in each of the baby’s nostril. You can also make your own saline solution by using a half teaspoon of salt and dissolve it into one cup of boiled water, which has been left to cool.

Steps to follow when using a Nasal Aspirator:

  • Wrap the baby with a blanket or towel tightly
  • It will be safe to sit on the floor with the baby in between the legs
  • Talk to the baby in a calm voice in order to keep them from shaking their heads
  • With a smile, show the baby the nasal aspirator and explain how it’s going to help take out what is in the nose
  • Drop 2 to three drops of saline into the nostril
  • While, singing or humming squeeze the nasal aspirator bulb three times and release it and wipe with a tissue
  • Repeat these steps on the other nostrils until the nose in clean.

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