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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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

A Sinus Infection CAN Kill You

Sinusitis TreatmentSinus infections are usually fully treatable however in rare cases, complications can arise with sinus infections causing meningitis and bone infections.

The spread of bacteria and viruses from the sinus cavities to the brain can lead to a swelling of the soft tissue membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord leading to meningitis; whereas bone infections occur when viruses and bacteria have been allowed to remain stagnant around the bone formations for long periods of time causing corrosion of the bones.

So don’t wait to treat a Sinus Infection!!!