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Notice yourself sneezing a lot more than usual? Do you have a runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, and sometimes-even rashes? It could be possible you are going through a form of chronic disease that affects millions of people a day…seasonal allergies. The symptoms above are a hyper sensitized response of the immune system to an unfamiliar substance in the body. There are many types of allergens that promote allergic reactions, the most common being food and environmental.
Today we will focus on environmental allergies. According to WHO (the World Health Organization) allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, affects almost ten to thirty percent of the population and those numbers are still increasing. Environmental allergies do not just need to be outside. They also include dust, dust mites, fur, and pet dander, especially in those with respiratory issues like asthma. Other common environmental allergies include pollen, fungal spores, and grasses.
Allergic rhinitis should be taken seriously. Airborne allergens have the potential to exasperate asthma symptoms and if that is the case, consult your primary care physician immediately. On the other hand, preventative measures can be taken if you know you are someone who faces sinus infections, congestion, and upper respiratory symptoms. Here are a few tips on natural remedies for allergies!
As seen in the picture, inflammation can occur in the tissues surrounding the sinuses. The sinuses are hallow cavities in the skull, which are located in the cheekbones, forehead, between the eyes, and behind the nasal cavity. During acute sinusitis, fluid can block the tissues lining the sinuses and can often cause bacteria to develop. Using gentle pressure and trigger point therapy throughout the sinuses can allow fluid to move and drain and provide decrease in symptoms such as runny nose and headaches.
This image shows various lymph nodes that are located throughout the neck and face. When lymph fluid stays stagnant in times of sinusitis, it can back up into the sinuses causing more pressure in the face. Lymph drainage can be performed through the front and back of the neck as well as through the sinus cavities in order to promote movement of fluid.