An Allergy Infection caused by Fungus

mmmm

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.

Allergies

Environmental Allergens
Environmental Allergens

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)

The side effects that may be experienced from using Conventional Nasal Sprays

Conventional nasal sprays are some of the most frequently used drugs for the treatment of common cold and sinus symptoms.  These nasal sprays are used locally by administering measured doses of medicine into the patient’s body through their nose or nasal passages (nostrils). These sprays are very effective in relieving nasal congestion and stuffiness. Different nasal sprays are also used to treat different conditions such as hayfever, sinusitis and allergies etc.

Before knowing what side effects nasal sprays can have, we must first understand how a common nasal spray works.

How it works

When a dose of medicine is sprayed into the nose, certain drugs in the spray begin to narrow the blood vessels. This constriction process helps to reduce inflammation and allows one to feel freed from stuffiness and congestion. But the draw back of these nasal sprays is that after some time the effect of the nasal spray wears down and the blood vessels expand again. Problems start from here. In order to stay sinus free one needs to use these nasal sprays again and again, with increased dosages. Repeated use of conventional nasal sprays can cause side effects.

Common side effects of using Conventional nasal sprays

The side effects of conventional nasal sprays vary from one to another depending on the drugs contained in them. Side effects range from mild to severe and it also varies from one individual to another, depending on their health condition and their usage of the nasal spray.

Here are some common side effects caused by using conventional nasal sprays:-

  • Pricking or burning sensation in the nose, which can be very painful
  • The nostrils may become extremely dry
  • An altered taste may be experienced
  • Dizziness and sleepiness are very common side effects
  • Palpitation in the arms and hands
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Prone to fungal invasion of the nose or the throat
  • Continuous coughing
  • Skin irritation may occur and it varies from mild to severe
  • Nasal blisters or ulcers also seen in some
  • Women may have very painful menstruations
  • Excessive watering of the eyes
  • Triggers some allergic reaction in the body
  • Nose bleeds

Severe side effects of conventional nasal sprays

The continuous and chronic use of conventional nasal sprays results in more severe side effects such as the examples below:

  • Increased thirstiness and urination
  • Sever skin allergy
  • Severe nasal bleeding may occur
  • Chronic Post Nasal Drip (PND) – backward flow of mucus from the sinuses to the back of the throat
  • A sensation of nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Constant painful headaches
  • Itching and swelling particularly of the face, tongue and throat
  • Continuous fits of sneezing
  • Some patients may experience a rapid and throbbing heartbeat

It is important to contact a doctor immediately if any of the above side effects are experienced when using a nasal spray.

Rebound Rhinitis/Congestion

Another common side effect of using conventional nasal sprays is a condition known as ‘rebound rhinitis or rebound congestion’. This is a condition that develops if a person is using their nasal spray for more than 3 – 5 days continuously. Besides your body becoming “addicted to” or dependent on the nasal spray, continuous use of a nasal spray can cause the mucus membranes to become excessively dry. Under normal conditions, the inside of the nose should be neither dry nor have excessive mucus. The body has a built in mechanism that combats a dry nose by telling the mucus membranes to increase its mucus production excessively. This causes a runny nose (rhinitis) or causes you to feel stuffy (congestion). The normal reaction is to use more and more of the nasal spray thereby resulting in a vicious cycle of rebound rhinitis and/or congestion.

Nasal Spray Alternatives

In order to avoid the side effects of conventional nasal sprays, there are some other alternatives that you may consider using. These alternatives are also known to treat congestion, allergies and even a blocked nose. Here are some of the options:

  • Homeopathic treatment and medicines (in tablets and nasal sprays)
  • Steam inhalation
  • Saline nasal drops
  • Certain herbal remedies
  • Essential oils like Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Lavender
  • Nasal irrigation (netti pot)

Always use these alternative medicines exactly as prescribed. Always consult with your doctor before attempting to use any medicines, alternative or otherwise especially if you have other chronic health conditions.

Nasal Growth for Life

Ever heard your nose grows throughout life… imagine if this statement were actually true!

nose11Our noses do not grow every year up until we gracefully expire but rather gravity takes a hold of our noses, dragging them downwards. This means that our noses do not grow but may seem larger due to gravities endless pull on them.

As we age, the collagen and elastin in our skin begins to deteriorate resulting in a loss of skin tone and strength. With a decrease in elasticity, our noses are pulled down and less able to withstand the pull of gravity.

With this said, how does gravity affect the normal flow of nasal mucus? If gravity pulls the nose downwards, this may have an effect on the ostia or exit ways for nasal mucus to drain, decreasing the diameter and size of these essential holes. Less drainage means more mucus accumulation and stagnation and the start of sinusitis.

Try Sinus-Pro’s all natural General Sinusitis Remedy for effective relief from the niggling symptoms of acute sinusitis; from a runny nose, congestion, sinus aches and pains, the Sinus-Pro General Sinusitis Remedy targets them all giving you effective and much-needed relief thereby preventing acute sinusitis from developing into a more chronic condition.

Is my condition Chronic or Acute?

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!

Sinus Cavities

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…

Click for more information on Acute Sinusitis

Click for more information on Chronic Sinusitis

Fungal Allergies

Fungi spores and mold is actually more prevalent in the air and in our homes than grass and tree pollens.

Now in the these winter months, especially when the ground is covered with snow and is frozen, there are less fungi spores in the air. Once the snow starts to melt and things start looking warmer the amount of mold and fungi increases. During the month of June when warmer weather arise fungi becomes even more prevalent and by the time it’s September (late summer) fungi is abundant in the air and in our homes. Thereafter we will return to winter when fungi decreases and so mother natures “fungal cycle” begins again…

During these peak fungal months a large population suffer terribly from allergies.

When breathing, tiny fungi or mold spores can get into your nose and sinuses.  In an ideal case these spores would be flushed out of your body with your mucus as it drains naturally.

In the case of allergies, your body sees these spores as harmful and tries to get rid of them by causing the mucus membranes (skin inside your nose and sinuses) to produce large amounts of mucus to radically flush the spores out.  This causes the mucus membranes to swell.  This swelling leads to the opening of the sinuses being blocked allowing mucus to collect inside the sinus space. This may then lead to fungal sinusitis.

Fungal sinusitis, if not treated correctly or in time, could then lead to more serious conditions such as nasal polyps and even chronic sinusitis.

Sinus-Pro has a natural alternative to treating this condition without antibiotics!

For more information to treating Fungal allergies and Sinus Infections please click here

To send your symptoms to one of our Sinus-pro agents who can help click here

To visit our website follow: www.sinus-pro.com

We would like to hear your stories and experiences. Please comment!

Sinus-Pro.com